Distrokid -or- cd baby


Which service to get your music to the people (like me) to stream that shit asap

First of all, here is the article from the music blogger “Ari’s Take”:

Here's the chart from the blog. CDB & DK have been highlighted for readability.

Here's the chart from the blog. CDB & DK have been highlighted for readability.


What I’ve gathered from looking at Distro kid is that it’s a simple, easy, basic, cheap, and straight forward way to get your music out there. It seems to be great if you are making, recording, and distributing a ton of music, especially singles, and trying to get it out there as quick as possible.

If you just want to get your music onto the main Digital Service Providers (DSPs) as quickly as possible, for as cheap as possible (which it sounds like you guys are), then DistroKid is the service for you.

However, that’s about the only situation that it seems like they rock it. Here are a few things that you can upgrade to on top of the $19.99 price. And keep in mind, this is per year (except the last item).

Shazam & iPhone Siri: $0.99 per song/year
Store Maximizer: $7.95 per album/year
YouTube Money: $4.95 per single/year, $14.95 per album/year, + 20% of YouTube ad revenue
Leave music up forever: $29.00 per single, $49.00 per album of 2+ tracks (nonrecurring fee)

These are all built into the CD Baby fee, and it’s not a recurring fee (note that CDB's YouTube Monetization service takes 30% instead of 20%, though again, there's no upfront fee).

On the CD Baby side of things, there is physical + digital distribution that is built into the cost.
Additionally, there are tools that are built into the CD Baby members page that are awesome and powerful, not only for promotion, but for keeping track of wtf is going on with your music.

DistroKid is awesome for hit and quit it. Continually putting out music, and getting paid when you get downloads/streams.

CD Baby is something to use if you’re trying to build scalability into your long-term plan. The sales reports section is powerful, and even lets you see trending & analytics information regarding plays on Apple Music and Spotify.

A lot of it is based on the support that CD Baby gives to artists, the resources. They are the only distribution service with a phone number you can call to get help with your account. Additionally, they have an amazing DIY Musician Blog, Podcast, Conference (in Austin, TX next year. I’ve been twice, it’s amazing), and guides like these:

Another side note that I thought was a bit odd is that you cannot access DistroKid’s terms of service until after you give them your payment information.

CD Baby lays everything out publicly here:

Last, but certainly not least, is that I will certainly hook it up and explain absolutely everything.

I am NOT trying tell you which one to go with. I just happen to work for CD Baby so I am very familiar with their services and as a fellow artist I just feel like it's a better service in the long run.