A Breakdown of Online Music Distribution Companies
Music distribution companies are everywhere these days, with the increasing popularity of online CD distribution. Whether you have a 3 song LP or looking to release a full album, you can now do so in the comfort of your own living room with online music distribution. The advantage of using this type of distribution as opposed to the traditional store release is that you will certainly reach a wider audience; internet users from all around the world will be able to download a digital copy of your own album and your distribution package will not run the same fee as it would with a store release.
An online music distributor works the same way as a traditional distributor in the sense that your album will get released in an online store and you will get a percentage of revenue on each copy sold and downloaded. There are many 'online stores' for you to sell your album at, and dealing with an online distributor will make it easier for you to have a presence in all of these stores, allowing a maximum revenue and download potential from online shoppers all over the world.
The best example to describe the functioning of online music distributor would be CD Baby, one of the oldest online distributors on the internet. CD Baby offers different packages for different musicians. One of the package offered by CD Baby is to sell your album through their partners; iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, eMusic and the likes, in as little as 48 hours. CD Baby will then keep 9% of all revenues from any sales generated through those sites. Some other packages include the ability to sell a single song through CD Baby as well as marketing tools such as a host for your own website. While CD Baby is certainly one of the most known online distributors, many other options are now offered to indie musicians such as Tunecore, The Orchard, RouteNote and more.
Going the online route can provide you with an entirely different experience than distributing your album in stores. Fees are certainly lower this way, as you do not have to go through any manufacturer cost for the album and most of these distributors will pay you consistently on a weekly schedule or through a different option. The hardest part will be to choose your online distributor and send in your material for your album to be available worldwide in a variety of online stores.