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Who should you trust when publishing your music to Spotify and Apple Music?

Getting your music published to all of the major streaming services is actually pretty easy. Though there are plenty of in-depth articles describing every possible way for you to get your music published, I'm going to give you the brief straight-forward answers.


Everyone wants their music professionaly presented on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, YouTube, Pandora, and really anywhere they can get it. So this is exactly what you need to know to make that happen wisely.


Who publishes my song?

The people who put your music onto Spotify and other platforms are called "Aggregators". These aggregators are companies like CDBaby, Tunecore, Distrokid, and there's lots of them. Just like every microphone has its pros and cons, so does every aggregator - but at the core they all do the same thing: aggregators publish your music, collect your earnings, and pay you your royalties.


How does it work?

Each of these aggregators are online businesses. Really, the process is simple.

1. You submit your music, cover art, musician name, etc.

2. They publish your music

3. They track your streams and earnings (some do this better than others)

4. You get paid!


Which aggregator is best?

Really, just like no guitar amp is "best" for every genre, there is no "best" aggregator for everyone. Choosing an aggregator will depend on your needs. So here's the information that might mean the most to you:


CDBaby:

Pay once and your music is published forever

Really good at getting all the royalties you've earned

High upfront costs and they take a 9% (high) royalty


Tunecore:

You keep 100% of your royalties

Daily reports from Spotify/Apple Music

Yearly subscription publishing: if you don't pay, your music will go away

Additional fees for each release


Distrokid:

Unlimited songs for one yearly price

Yearly subscription publishing: if you don't pay, your music will go away

Ability to pay $30 per release to "Leave a Legacy" and keep your music published forever

A few extra (hidden) fees for extra services


What if I don't care, I just want to listen to my music?

For musicians who don't want to spend lots of time researching which platform is best, or worry about all the legal implications, or wasting precious "me time" on signing up with an aggregator - we can do it for you! Actually, if you had us record or mix or master your song, then this service is actually included already!


If you want to stop worrying about publishing your song and just want to press "add to playlist", then text your SOS Productions engineer right now and say "I want you guys to publish my song for me". We will only need three things from you, they are:

1. A picture to use for the cover art

2. Your musician name

3. If there are any platforms you DON'T want it published on


That's literally all we will need. The downside? First, we don't have systems in place to track your royalties, or leading songs, or anything like that. Second, it takes about 3-4 weeks for the song to be published. Third, we can only pay you the royalties you've earned when you've reached about 10,000 streams ($50). All of these problems are created by the fact that we are not primarily an aggregator. This is just a service we offer for those special musicians who produce their music with us.



For a more detailed take on EVERY aggregator that you could possible want to work with, check out Ari's article here... it's the best one I've found:

https://aristake.com/post/cd-baby-tunecore-ditto-mondotunes-zimbalam-or




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