Archive for August, 2011

This is from our partners at Ditto Music, one of the top online music distributors in the market. It highlights one of FargoTube’s key strengths: Not only is FargoTube itself fun for fans and profitable for artists — its partnership with Ditto Music helps artists get into wide distribution quickly and easily.

Comparing digital music distributors Ditto Music, CD Baby, Tunecore, and ReverbNation

To sell music online in stores like iTunes, Amazon and Spotify has never been easier. There are several digital distribution companies out there who offer different services for unsigned artists. So we thought we would review the  market and list some feedback to our users.

Which digital music distribution companies are best?

Which distributor gets my music online quickest?

How much is the yearly fee for Tunecore / CDbaby / Ditto Music and Reverb Nation?

And loads more questions, answered here. So lets look at the top four digital distribution companies.

loads more questions, answered here. So lets look at the top four digital distribution companies.

We partner with Ditto Music on projects so have a good grasp of their services. With free barcodes and no percentages taken from sales Ditto Music come in MUCH cheaper than Cd baby or Tunecore or Reverbnation. The yearly subscription fee is $22 which and with more stores and a lower pricing, its better value than Tunecore. You can also distribute your music to iTunes free of charge, so worth testing out just for that.
Ditto were famous for having 11 top 40 singles and provide a host of label services as well as just distribution. These incude chart eligibility, label set up, SMS pre ordering and many more.

At $60 per year Reverbnation are one of the more expensive distributors. They do have a $40 per year option which covers less stores. The site states 40 online stores but when you whittle these down it’s less. iTunes has been counted 5 times and sites like Media net have been split up into individual stores to make it look like a wider reach. We make it around 21 stores in total.
Reverb Nation are good people and have some great social media tools. Its worth checking them out.

CD baby come in cheaper than Tunecore. Their pricing does seem dated though compared to other offerings. Paying a percentage of royalties seems archaic after the demise of physical sales. When sending physical copies to stores to promote, you can understand why stores take a percentage. Online, its harder to justify taking 9% of someone’s earnings, AFTER delivering their online content. CDbaby also charge for barcodes, and it isn’t cheap. It adds another $20 to your album.

Tunecore recently increased their yearly subscription , which prompted a lot of criticism. $50 per year does seem quite steep to hold music on a server. Tunecore’s model was built on not taking a percentage of artists royalties. It feels like $50 a year from each artist could be a massive percentage. If artists  earn $100 from one album, then they will pay out $50 so lose 50% of earnings. Its a lot of money. Tunecore distribute to 19 stores. This doesn’t sound too bad but for some reason they still count iTunes as 7 stores. Distributors only pay once to distribute content to iTunes, its still unclear why they break it up into 7 transactions.

We are happy to say that Ditto Music came in as the best option for digital music distribution.

To set up a free account with Ditto Music , click here

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Exciting news, folks! FargoTube surpassed the 2,000-subscriber mark earlier today. It took only about 5 months for the second thousand to come in, compared to about 12 months for the first thousand.

FargoTube reached 1,000 subscribers in about 12 months, and 2,000 subscribers just 5 months later

The faster growth has come from several important partners, including Ditto Music, a premier online meta-distribution service; the tube that Eddie’s Attic set up for its Open Mic Mondays competitions; and country musician Sherrié Austin, who is launching her next album using FargoTube’s crowd-funding capabilities. Thank you to the three of them and all our other partners, and to all the artists who are monetizing their talents through FargoTube!