It’s funny how quickly the music industry and social media change. One day A is good. The next day B is better. Then a week later, C trumps them both. After trying both CDBaby and Tunecore, I’ve seen my allegiance shift back and forth. So I thought I’d offer pros and cons of each company and their respective methods.
I decided to stick primarily to money-related points since that’s probably what you’re most concerned with. I hesitated to label which points are PRO or CON because that will actually be determined by you and what you’re looking for. Your additional thoughts are also welcome! note: while CD Baby offer distribution of physical copies as well, this is merely an analysis of digital distribution
Oh and because we don’t assume anything on this blog here’s the definition of a digital distributor for those who don’t know.
Digital Distributor: a company or “middle man” (if you will) that sends your music to online music stores such as iTunes, AmazonMP3, Napster, Rhapsody…etc.
CD BABY: www.cdbaby.net
- costs $39 to submit an album, $9.95 for a single
- after the one-time fee for submitting your music, they takes 9% off each net sale (in other words, if you sell a $10 album on iTunes, and iTunes take roughly 30%, CD Baby takes 9% of the remaining $7. That’s 63 cents per album)
- From past experience, it took a few weeks (4-6) for my audio to appear on any online music stores. CD Baby claims this has change and that it only takes 48 hours for music to appear on iTunes.
- has relationships with the most digital stores
- allows you access to sales reports “Digital Partner Sales” charts so you can see which stores consumers are buying from.
- send you a check in the mail, does direct deposit, or puts your money directly in you bank account – all free of charge
- costs $29.99 to submit an album, $9.99 for a single
- after the the one-time setup fee for submitting your music, they charge an annual maintenance/renewal fee of $49.99 per album, $9.99 per single.
- From past experience, Tunecore took 1 week to get my music on various digital download stores, including iTunes. This was faster than I expected.
- offers free monthly “Sales Reports” letting you know how many downloads each of your songs received
- if you really want them, they charge for weekly “Trend Reports”. These allow you to see city, state, zip, country of everyone who downloads your stuff off iTunes.
- puts your money in your Paypal acount for free, but charges $2.75 for direct deposit and $3 to mail you a check
- Sales reports and downloadable spreadsheet information is more reader-friendly
By the way, is anyone aware of any other digital distribution companies other than these big dogs?