Selling music online for singers
Selling your music through online retailers and distributors: The next step on from selling music directly to fans is to get it onto the major sites, such as ITunes and Amazon. For this you use what is known as an ‘aggregator’. These sites sell your music to the top online retailers at the same time.
SONGCAST AND TUNECORE
- Both services require a small monthly subscription fee for their services
- There is a one-off payment to be made for every single/EP/album you upload. The prices vary depending on which you choose.
- Both distribute your music to a large selection of online retailers, such as: ITunes, Amazon, Shazam, Spotify etc.
- You keep 100% of the royalties and all the rights to your music
- It is a month-by-month contract so you can cancel at any time! If an album/EP/single has been up for less than 8 months there will be a fee to remove each one from the site!
- Takes 2-3 weeks before your music will be on the sites! You will be paid monthly and can receive daily and weekly sales reports to see how each item you upload is selling!
- TuneCore also offers a Music Publishing Administration service. For a one off fee they offer a worldwide royalty collection service amongst other things!
- Ditto Music offers a similar service to TuneCore and SongCast. Your music gets distributed to a wide variety of online retailers and you keep all royalties and the rights to the music.
- Like the other sites, there is a one off fee for uploading a single/EP/album, which then occurs a small monthly fee 12 months after uploading.
- Ditto can also offer the ability to get your music chart eligible
- Ditto offers a press promotion service, or if money is no problem they will do a full press campaign for your release!
- Ditto offers the ability to start up your own record label!
Avoid using more than one aggregator site when selling your music online. Using different aggregators will result in your track having multiple barcode numbers, resulting in two versions of the same content. Both copies will be removed.
There are many advantages to using aggregators:
- Allows singers to sell music through retailers who would not deal with an individual artist
- Help to sell to overseas markets whilst providing their own marketing support
Selling music online using aggregators doesn’t mean all the hard works done for you. Don’t expect people to stumble across your music. You will still need to work hard to promote your act; otherwise your tracks will sit there untouched.
iTunes: Has largest share of the digital market. Will be most likely place people will go to buy music. If you were going to try and guide fans anywhere, here would be the best bet. Selling enough copies to get into ITunes daily recommendation will do wonders to your music’s visibility to the public.
Amazon MP3: Sells music Digital Rights management free. This means multiple people can access one copy of the track on any device. Allowing fans to share will boost you popularity!
Spotify: You can earn royalties every time your songs are played although you will need to have thousands of views to ever net much of a return. However in theory they can listen for free whilst promoting your music!