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[ANSWERED] Would Like Your Input on Digital Dist and Sales

Posted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:21 am
by Razor7Music
Hello Group--

I did a search on the Taxi forums to see if this topic was covered, and gleaned a lot of valuable info. Some of it was rather dated or spread out over multiple posts, so I'm thinking a new thread might not be a bad idea -- at least for me! :lol:

I've done my research on CD Baby, Tunecore, Reverbnation, Ditto Music, and DistroKid and because of my small catalog, need for a website, sales, and streaming services, I'm leaning heavily towards Reverbnation.

I'd really appreciate any input from this group before I make my final decision. Was there anything that you regret/would do differently with any of these services? Anything to watch out for? If you don't mind sharing, why did you go with one over another?

I'd like to thank you in advance for your input. It's always been a great value to me over the years!

EDIT: I got this link https://aristake.com/post/cd-baby-tunec ... imbalam-or from a response from another forum. I'm still reading it, but wanted to pass it along to any that are reading this post.

Re: Would Like Your Input on Digital Dist and Sales

Posted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:02 pm
by Razor7Music
UPDATE: Here is what I decided!

Re: Would Like Your Input on Digital Dist and Sales

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:15 am
by NaeDae
Story time! I had a catchy song I wrote that got posted by a youtube music aggregation channel a few years ago (a channel similar to Trap Nation but smaller). Well, the video started getting tens of thousands of plays, and I realized I needed to upload it to Spotify. I decided on CD Baby's $15-per-song fee.

It ends up getting 150,000+ plays at first (CD Baby paid me like $500-ish), but then a few years later the song is only making me like $20 a year. Looking back, that Tunecore subscription actually wouldn't have been worth it for me, so I made the correct choice financially. If you don't have a lot of material to release and aren't expecting large amounts of regular listening traffic, that one-time $15/song fee (or cheaper when bundled as an album) really is the most profitable in cases where you're not getting millions of plays. When it comes to just having a place to put my music out there somewhere, I've always just used soundcloud since it's free and I can link friends to it since they're the only ones listening most of the time.

Re: Would Like Your Input on Digital Dist and Sales

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:36 am
by Razor7Music
NaeDae wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:15 am
Story time! I had a catchy song I wrote that got posted by a youtube music aggregation channel a few years ago (a channel similar to Trap Nation but smaller). Well, the video started getting tens of thousands of plays, and I realized I needed to upload it to Spotify. I decided on CD Baby's $15-per-song fee.

It ends up getting 150,000+ plays at first (CD Baby paid me like $500-ish), but then a few years later the song is only making me like $20 a year. Looking back, that Tunecore subscription actually wouldn't have been worth it for me, so I made the correct choice financially. If you don't have a lot of material to release and aren't expecting large amounts of regular listening traffic, that one-time $15/song fee (or cheaper when bundled as an album) really is the most profitable in cases where you're not getting millions of plays. When it comes to just having a place to put my music out there somewhere, I've always just used soundcloud since it's free and I can link friends to it since they're the only ones listening most of the time.
That's really good info, thanks! I would really like to hear your YT song that got so many plays! Can you post the link?

Re: [ANSWERED] Would Like Your Input on Digital Dist and Sales

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:12 pm
by NaeDae
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSBKu9wFEwA

Here it is but be prepared for some cheesiness lol

Re: [ANSWERED] Would Like Your Input on Digital Dist and Sales

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:56 pm
by Razor7Music
NaeDae wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:12 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSBKu9wFEwA

Here it is but be prepared for some cheesiness lol
I can identify with a cheese factor. Got a few of those myself 😉

Thanks for sharing! All the best!

Re: [ANSWERED] Would Like Your Input on Digital Dist and Sales

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:21 pm
by Kolstad
If you are looking to pitch tracks for sync opps, you gotta be careful with the admin deals these distributors offer along with their services.
Check out this Taxi TV episode with Erin Jacobson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFAN_JuSk_Q

Re: [ANSWERED] Would Like Your Input on Digital Dist and Sales

Posted: Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:00 pm
by Razor7Music
Kolstad wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:21 pm
If you are looking to pitch tracks for sync opps, you gotta be careful with the admin deals these distributors offer along with their services.
Check out this Taxi TV episode with Erin Jacobson:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFAN_JuSk_Q
Thanks for sharing this. Very good information. I actually did my homework before joining RVN, and much of it was from previous Taxi posts--so cheers to all those that pointed out that I don't want to relinquish any of my publishing (and I didn't/wouldn't).

:D