Digital Distribution


 

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digital distribution logos

 

Here at Atomic Disc we have used several of the major digital distributors and after much consideration we concluded that DistroKid is the best option.

So without further ado, we would like to offer you a 7% discount on DistroKids's digital distribution to get your music on all major streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Tidal, etc. 

 


FAQs About Digital Distribution

How much does it cost?

Only $19.99 per year for unlimited songs.

Distrokid has three plans: Musician, Musician Plus and Label.

The Musician plan gets you unlimited song uploads for one artist.

The Musician Plus plan is $35.99 per year and gets you unlimited song uploads for 2 artists and the ability to customize your label name, release date, preorder date and customize iTunes pricing.

The Label plan starts at $79.99 per year and allows you to upload up to 100 artists' unlimited songs.

Do I still own the rights to my music?

Yes. You will still have 100% ownership in your music. DistroKid does not take any ownership or intellectual property rights.

Can I digitally release cover songs?

Yes. Make sure to click "Another artist wrote it" on DistroKid's upload form, in the "Cover song" section. It costs $12 per year, per cover song for Distrokid to manage cover songs for you.

Distrokid will then:

  • Obtain the required compulsory mechanical license for you.
  • Automatically deduct the legally-mandated fee of 9.1¢ per song sold in the U.S. from your earnings and pay it to the original songwriter. You'll get 100% of the rest.
  • Keep up to date on copyright laws that affect your music.

What is YouTube Music?

YouTube Music is YouTube’s streaming service. As an artist, you get paid for each monetized play. A monetized play is each time your song plays and YouTube shows an ad, or when a paying subscriber plays your song.

What is YouTube Money?

YouTube Money is a service from DistroKid that gets you paid when someone else uses your song in their video. This service costs extra from DistroKid. For a single it is $4.95 per year + 20 % of royalties. For 2+ songs it is $14.95 per year + 20% of royalties.

Once you sign up for YouTube Money, DistroKid will submit your music to the YouTube ContentID database. This is how YouTube will be able to detect your song. Monetization ads will be turned on to any video featuring your music once YouTube detects it. If the viewer clicks the ad or watches a set amount of seconds of the commercial, YouTube will allocate ad revenue to you.

Should I use the same UPC for my physical and my digital release?

No. Nielsen Soundscan wants you to have a different UPC for each type of release. Distrokid will automatically assign you a UPC for your digital release.

Do I have to pay extra for ISRCs?

No, DistroKid will apply ISRCs to all your tracks automatically, at no additional charge.

Audio formats:

Acceptable audio file types are: WAV, MP3, AIFF, CDDA, MP4 (m4a), Windows Media (WMA), or FLAC.

If you're sending a WAV, we accept up to 24-bit, 96 kHz, or less. 16-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV is the most common.

Artwork guidelines:

Artwork should be a square RGB image in .jpg format. The ideal pixel size is 3000 x 3000.

Digital stores have certain restrictions for what your image can contain. The following is not allowed:

  • A website address (URL)
  • Twitter name
  • The terms 'Exclusive' or 'Limited Edition'
  • Any image that's blurry, pixelated, rotated, or poor quality
  • Unlicensed/stock photography
  • Prices
  • Store logos (such as iTunes or Spotify)
  • Nudity
  • Gross stuff
  • References to physical media (example: "CD" or "Compact Disc")
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