DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION COMPARISON SHEET
AWAL - CD Baby - The Orchard – IRIS – IODA - Reverbnation - FineTunes - KVZ Music - KIR Records – Symphonic Distribution – OneRPM – Zebranation – Virtual label – PVipe – Clockwize – KUDOS – Square One Music – Distribution Select – BFM Distribution – 24 Hour Distribution – Dash N Go – Didg – 101 Distribution – Song Cast Music – Ditto Music – Mondo Tunes – Catapult Distribution – Zimbalam – In Grooves
Everything written here is based on actual experience between myself and any of the companies listed in this part of the blog. There is no hearsay and again, everything listed here on these pages, is based on pure experience, however, some of the terms are subject to have changed (please see below to contact us about any changes needed to be made) considering the landscape of this part of the music industry today. There is paperwork that is legally binding providing any business science behind any content in this listing.Also, aside from Tunecore and where noted above in each listing, all of these companies have a list of the same retail outlets. They alls seem to boast about getting songs and music into the same list of stores. I assume its some network because in some cases, these outlets are not even operable toady.Further, I have no direct tie to any of these companies and even though we do us some of them to this day, I honestly think its the lesser of all evils and that they all pretty much suck in some way. There is no way any of these companies have done the work to score a so called “10″ (ten) or a perfect score by my standards of working music, and I am talking that none of these companies get close to the perfection level. I also want to say that I have learned more about the landscape of the distribution over the last 4 years, than ever in my life. In some cases which I have stated about myself, I was maybe less [patient than I should have been at that time. I wanted instant gratification day one, and I had no idea of the process and time it took to work music digitally into stores.Overall, the ONLY reason I am posting this in my blog is to help anyone to never go through what I have gone through over the last few years. I feel great about this part of my life today, but it took a lot to get to this point time and I am NOT even 100% satisfied. Plus, there are corrupt companies that are scum bags that continue to take advantage of the control they have over the accounting and in some cases, they continue to take it upon themselves to collect that money. And, we have no way to stop that piracy.Oh and very last is that of the retailers that complied with doing the right thing with regard to taking down any illegal product, Amazon is awful, but at the same time, do like 13% of the marketplace. Its hard to get legal on that company when its much of your revenues. And, conversely, eMusic, REAL/Rhapsody and MySpace Music were absolutely on it when it came to dealing with that type of an issue. I am going to do another sweep around retailers and the next thing will be to make sure these retailers pay artists.As far as digital distributors, the worst company to deal with by far is REVERBNATION. They are against the artist. They make no bones about it and their marketing tools to entice the client, are based on lies. They are by far the worst company with regard to control, online today. They disguise themselves as a powerful player in this industry, but the fact is that they NOT only scam you business, they will NOT allow to get out of it. I marvel at how corrupt that company is towards artists and I do think if you do NOT get roped into paying to play if you will, Reverbnation is an ok marketing tool. Though its dated today and that company is best suited for bands that suck, and that can’t get any type of distribution in any way. And, any music artist that would use their digital distribution service, is again, either very poor musically and/or can’t get any of the others to distribute them. You have to be an idiot to use this company unless you don’t mind spending however much money to get and to get out of that situation. When in fact, no other company on this planet, acts that way towards its artists. I can safely say that Reverbnation will NOT be a company in this industry within the next few years. I have that in writing today and I have said that to people in writing now, three times this year. No one that acts that way towards music artists, is doing well in the board scheme of life.Distribution Company (Includes Aggregators):
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The problem with the latter is that it can create an effect where you have multiple listings up at retailers. The other problem with this way of dealing is that it derived from the computer industry and not the music business. That way of dealing is how the early online companies, dealt with changing music from distributor to distributor. For instance, if you have listing as Sunset records for three years and then you start using Interscope or maybe you change your label name or maybe you switched Indy’s, etc., if it does NOT read exact, and / or internally for them, if the text copy does “match” exact, you could feasibly have another listing posted, with that new information.
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In many cases like I emphasized about here, “opting out” of old deals can very much lead to multiple listings of the same exact title.
Another piece of advice is that everyone should think in terms of quality over quantity. Companies van boast about being in 500 stores, but if they don’t pay or if they go under or bankrupt, they keep 100% of your money.
Its best to know what company is placing what into stores, in every way.
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