Continuing to answer questions by my 5 Wemix contest finalists. This one by Pilot Touhil:
As an unsigned artist, what online distribution service would you recommend? I was thinking of either using TUNECORE or maybe CD BABY but i would like to hear your opinion. Thanks”.
Pilot, I did a bunch of research on this one for you. I asked people who they thought the best online distribution service was (and I didn’t mention Tunecore or CD Baby, in the event that people suggested another service)…although CD Baby, TheOrchard, and Nimbit were mentioned, TUNECORE seemed to be one that people recommended most often. From Mr. Red Baron:
“Artists pay an up-front fee to open their account, and they select which stores they want to sell their music. They earn ALL the revenue and do not have to pay a percentage to Tunecore. The backend is really smart, much like a bank account. TuneCore charges $0.99 per track, $0.99 per store per album, and $19.98 per album per year storage and maintenance. Or, just put up one song as a single for a flat price of $9.99 per year, all stores included. This eliminates the need to hit LaLa, Amazon, Rhapsody, etc- which are commonly used places for artists to sell.”
Nine Inch Nails did their last album with Tunecore, if that says anything to you. I’ve also heard that TheOrchard is great because they have a strong ability to handle physical distribution as well, which will probably play some role in how you get your music out. At the end of the day, I’d say to research all the options and figure out which one is best for you.