What Is Digital Music Distribution And Why Do I Need It?
Okay, so what is going to make this post different than the other thousand posts on the internet that are based on Digital Music Distribution? Well, First off, I am not going to waste time comparing different online companies that get your music into the 250+ online music stores including Itunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, etc, because the majority of them are f*cking garbage. They want to take a shit load of cash from you up front and then take money from you per single and album release (Tunecore, CDBaby) and that is just absurd.
The second reason that I am not going to waste a lot of time with comparing companies is because it takes consistent releases every week to really see exponential growth over time to develop a following for your brand as a musician, rap artist, or music producer & Make money from your music. Not many distribution companies make it possible to release new music every week.
I have been a musician for the past 11 years (Recording, Publishing, Releasing Music) and aside from physical album sales, It was impossible for me to earn consistent residual income from my music online until this year. Before I found Landr.com & Distrokid.com It was simply too expensive for me to release more than 2 albums a year. Landr & Distrokid charge a simple 1 time yearly fee of about 20$ - $40 for you to have the ability to publish an unlimited amount of music to all of the online stores! They also take $0 from your sales and you keep all of the rights to your music!
There are simple requirements that Distrokid & Landr ask all artists to comply with in order to get their music released on stores.
You have to either make your own beats/instrumentals that you have recorded your songs on or you have to own the rights to use the beats that a music producer made that you recorded your music on.
So basically, if you want to actually make money from your music.. You cannot be stealing beats off of YouTube! There are hundreds of websites that music producers have built that are as secure and affordable as your local fast food restaurant ( www.fidembeats.com , www.beatstars.com , www.20dollarbeats.com ) That you can purchase beats/instrumentals from that you can use to get your music distributed with.
When you purchase your beats you will instantly get your beats and the license file with them that you will be asked for by Landr or Distrokid when you upload your finished tracks to be sold on the major platforms. It is a simple process.