Frequently Asked

Questions

(Things That Make Us Go Hmmmm.)

(As of March 20, 2021)

The Basics

  • WHAT IS A TRACK OR SONG?

A Track or Song is considered one music file that is less than 100MB.

 

  • WHAT DOES DISTROSONGS CONSIDER TO BE AN ALBUM?

DistroSongs considers 7 or more tracks to be an album. Between 2-6 tracks is an Extended Play (EP). Also, please note the following:

 

Pay-Per-Release Album: 7-15 tracks

Lifetime Album: 7-15 tracks

Label Subscription Album: 7-20 tracks

 

  • WHAT IS A PRODUCT?

A Product is a Single, Extended Play (EP), or Album that is being prepared for release or is already released.

 

  • WHAT IS A RELEASE?

A release is a Single, EP, or Album you are preparing to or have already distributed to a streaming service outlet.

 

  • WHAT IS AN ARTIST?

An artist is the name under which you will release your music.

 

  • WHAT IS/ARE PARTICIPANTS?

Participants are collaborators or anyone who contributed to the track that you are releasing. You can dictate the revenue splits between all participants as well.

 

  • WHAT IS AN OUTLET OR DSP?

An outlet or a Digital Servcie Provider ("DSP") is a online download or streaming service such as Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, etc.

  • WHO OWNS MY MUSIC?

It is 100% yours and stays that way. DistroSongs does not take any ownership rights or intellectual property away from you. With DistroSongs you are also able to designate who owns what percentage of a song while collaborating with other parties. Set your ownership for each party, and easily pay them accordingly with DistroSongs' simple split-pay process.

  • WHERE WILL MY MUSIC BE DISTRIBUTED TO?

 

With DistroSongs, you can distribute your music worldwide on the most popular Digital Service Providers (DSP's). These are the DSP's DistroSongs works with:

7 Digital                 Alibaba Music                           Altice Music                     Amazon                 Anghami             Apple Music/iTunes         

Audible Magic       Audiobyte Songclip                 AudioMack                      AWA                      Beatsource        Bitel Musica

BMW                      BrandSpins                               Brisanet Music                 Broadtime             BYO                    ByteDance TikTok/Resso

Claro Musica         Contestone/Ringbacktone      CUR Music                       Deedo                    Deezer                Digicel d'Music

DigiMusic               Digster                                       Electric Jukebox/Roxi    eMusic                  Exlibris                Facebook/Instagram

Fan Label               Freeform                                   Gaana                              Global Eagle         Global Radio      Global Tel

Grandpad              Grruv                                          Huawei Music                 Hungama              iHeartRadio        ImageSound 

Imbee                     iMusica                                       J:COM                            Jaxsta                   Jazzed                JioSaavn

JoMedia                Joox                                            KDDI                               Keefe Group         KKBOX                Klassik Radio

Kolbi Musica          Kuack                                         LifeScape                       Line Music            M'Beats               MePlaylist

MixCloud               Moodagent                                Mora Qualitas                Movistar Musica    Muda                  MUMO

Mus.uy                   MusicJet                                    Muud                               MuzArcade           My Playlist          Napster

NetEase                Now Music A1/Mtel/VIP             NicheStreem                  NSM                       NEC                    Nuuday TDC/youSee

Orange                 Peloton                                       Qobuz                             R&R                       Rakuten              Rappi Music

RcrdClub              RecoChoku                                SFR                                  Shazam                 Slacker               Sirius XM Pandora

Snap                     SONOS                                       Sounday                         SoundCloud Go    Soundhound      Soundmouse

Spark.dj                Soundtrack Your Brand            SuperCloud                    Spinlet                    Spotify                Telefonica

Telmore               ToonGoggles                             The First Club                 TrackDrip               TIDAL                 Tencent QQ

Triller                   Transsnet Boomplay                  Trebel Musi                    Turkcell fizy            Univision            United Media Agency

Vibes                   Virgin Lola Music                        Viva Hype Music           Vodafone Music     Weltbild Radio    Xite

Yandex Music     YG Plus                                        You42                           Zonga                      Zvooq

  • IN WHAT COUNTRIES WILL MY MUSIC BE AVAILABLE?

There are many outlets worldwide that your music will be distributed to.

  • CAN I CHOOSE ONLY SPECIFIC DIGITAL STREAMING PLATFORMS TO RELEASE MY MUSIC TO?

Yes! DistroSongs makes it easy for you to simply pick any specific platform you want your release to be sent to. You can distribute your music to just 3 stores or to all of them. It is all up to you. Also, if you initally distributed your music to only 3 stores and later decide to distribute your music to other stores, DistroSongs allows you to simply distribute your music to those other stores.

  • CAN MY MUSIC BE RELEASED INTERNATIONALLY?

 

Yes! You can choose to either release music worldwide, or you can select a specific global region: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe or Oceania.

  • WHAT KIND OF ANALYTICS DOES DISTROSONGS PROVIDE?

 

DistroSongs has simiplified the music distribution process to give independent artists and/or record labels, all of the same analytical information that major record labels pay attention to. You get streaming analytics such as Number of streams, Stores and Geographical locations.

  • DO I HAVE TO RESIDE IN NORTH AMERICA TO USE YOUR SERVICES?

NOPE! You can reside anywhere in the world and use our services. Please be aware that all purchases will be in US Dollar currency and all transactions will be based on purchases from the United States.

Music Distribution Basics

  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO DISTRIBUTE MY MUSIC?

DistroSongs’ music distribution services offers many plans and subscriptions for purchase:

 

Pay-Per-Release Plans

  1. Distributing a Single-Track for 1 year will cost $5 USD.

  2. Distributing an Extended Play (EP) release (2-6 different tracks) for 1 year will cost $15 USD.

  3. Distributing an Album (up to 15 different tracks) for 1 year will cost $25 USD.

 

Label Subscription Plans

  1. An annual Single-Artist Label Subscription for 1 year will cost $100 USD.

  2. An annual Beginner-Label Subscription will cost $200 USD.

  3. An annual Pro-Label Subscription will cost $500 USD.

 

Lifetime Plans

  1. Distributing a Lifetime Single-Track release will cost $10 USD.

  2. Distributing a Lifetime EP release will cost $30 USD.

  3. Distributing a Lifetime Album will cost $50 USD.

 

Free Plan

  1. Distributing a Free Plan only applies to a Single-Track release will cost 15% of Artists’ earned revenue. Artists retain 85% of all earned streaming and download revenue.

  2. DistroSongs offers a method of retaining 100% of all earned streaming and download revenue that must be approved prior to purchase. Please inquire at webmaster@distrosongs.com for information on retaining 100% of all earned streaming and download revenue on Free Plans.

  • WHAT ARE YOUR AUDIO FORMAT REQUIREMENTS?

Format: AIF, AIFF, FLAC, MP3 or WAV, 16Bit, 44.1Khz, Stereo
Size: Minimum 1Mb, Maximum 100Mb Per Track
Tip: For best quality FLAC, 16Bit, 44.1Kh, is recommended

  • WHAT IS YOUR ARTWORK (COVER IMAGE) REQUIREMENTS?

JPG, PNG, or GIF
Size: Minimum 1Mb, Maximum 10Mb Per Image
Tip: For best quality JPG, 4000x4000 pixel is recommended

 

  • WHAT'S THE MAXIMUM FILE SIZE FOR AUDIO FILES?

1GB per track

 

 

  • DO I NEED TO EMBED METADATA INTO MY TRACKS BEFORE I UPLOAD?

 

No, you can add track details during the uploading process.

 

 

  • WHAT DOES "EXPLICIT" MEAN?

 

Some artists use profanity in their music. This is a situation where music should be labeled as explicit.

  • WHAT IS AN EAN OR UPC AND HOW CAN I FIND IT FOR MY RELEASE?

EAN stands for "European Article Number", UPC stands for "Universal Product Code." Both serve the same purpose; both are unique numbers that represents your product (single or albums) and sets it apart from every other product. You can use either EAN or UPC. DistroSongs provides EAN/UPC's free. However, if you want to use your own you can.

 

 

  • WHAT ARE ISRC CODES?

ISRC stands for "International Standard Recording Code" It is a unique number that represents your track and sets it apart from every other track. DistroSongs provides ISRC's for free. However, if you want to use your own you can.

 

 

  • DO YOU PROVIDE EAN, UPC, ISRC CODES?

Yes, and they are free.

 

  • CAN I GET MY EAN, UPC, AND ISRC CODES BEFORE I UPLOAD MY MUSIC?

Yes, you can get this information from the Product Details tab while preparing your release.

 

 

  • I ALREADY HAVE EAN, UPC AND ISRC CODES. CAN I USE THEM?

Yes, you can enter them in the corresponding fields.

  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MY SINGLES AND/ OR ALBUM TO BE AVAILABLE IN OUTLETS?

 

It can take several days for releases to be sent to stores. Otherwise, your release should go live once ingested by DSP's stores. This is a rough delivery schedule for some outlets:

  • iTunes/Apple Music: 1-7 days

  • Spotify: 2-5 days

  • Amazon: 1-2 days

  • YouTube Music: 1-2 days.

  • Deezer: 1-2 days

  • TIDAL: 1-2 days

  • Facebook/Instagram: 1-2 weeks.

  • TikTok: 1-3 weeks.

The above delivery schedule is not set in stone and delays do occur. Therefore, if it's important that your release go live on a specific date, you should always plan to upload it at least four weeks ahead.

  • CAN I SPECIFY A RELEASE DATE?

Yes, you will be able to select a release date at the final step of the distribution process.

 

  • CAN I PRE-RELEASE MY MUSIC BEFORE ITS RELEASE DATE?

Yes, but this option is only available for a few outlets.

  • CAN I SPECIFY THAT SOME TRACKS ARE AVAILABLE AS ALBUM ONLY?

Yes, this option is available during the distribution process, while entering the TRACK DETAILS.

 

 

  • CAN I RE-DISTRIBUTE MY MUSIC AFTER IT HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN FROM THE OUTLET(S)?

Yes, select single and/or album, click distribute, and take it from there. You would need to initiate a new upload of the same single and/or album.

  • CAN I UPLOAD COVER SONGS?

To release a Cover Song, you will need the appropriate licenses and/or permission (rights) to do so. So, while the answer to this question is generally "Yes", it is usually difficult to do so. If a conflict arises with your Cover Song, you must immediately provide the necessary proof of the usage rights of the Cover Song.

 

 

  • MY MUSIC CONTAINS SAMPLING FROM OTHER SONGS. IS THAT OKAY?

You must obtain the rights to do so. So, while the answer to this question is generally "Yes", it is usually difficult to do and thus, frowned upon. If a conflict arises with your music, you must immediately provide the necessary proof of the usage rights of the samplings.

  • DO MY COLLABORATORS NEED TO SIGN UP WITH DISTROSONGS TO GET PAID TOO?

Nope. DistroSongs has a very simple Split-Pay System where all you need are your collaborators’ Paypal® email addresses and that’s it. Simple.

  • CAN I DISTRIBUTE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC?

 

Yes.

 

  • CAN I DISTRIBUTE CLASSICAL MUSIC?

Yes.

  • HOW CAN I OBTAIN THE LINKS TO MY MUSIC?

When your release is distributed, simply go to your dashboard and select the SHARE button to generate the online store links to your release.

Show Me The Money

  • HOW MUCH OF MY SALES DO I KEEP?

100% of all streaming and download revenue is retained by the artist who purchase a premium Pay-Per-Release Plan, Lifetime Plan, or Label Subscription. Artists who make arrangements with, and obtain approval from DistroSongs, will also retain 100% of all streaming and download revenue.

 

Distributing through the Free Plan with no arrangements and/or approval from DistroSongs will only retain 85% of all streaming and download revenue where the remain 15% of revenue is shared with DistroSongs.

 

Note: DistroSongs distributes royalties through the Paypal® payment gateway. All withdraws from Paypal® are subject to a transaction fee that DistroSongs has no control over.

  • DOES PAYPAL® CHARGE A FEE WHEN I WITHDRAW MY EARNINGS?

Yes. For details, please check their website.

 

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T RENEW MY PURCHASED DISTRIBUTION OPTION AT THE END OF THE ONE-YEAR PERIOD?

Your music will be removed from all outlets but will remain in your DistroSongs account for redistribution at a later date.

 

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF I PURCHASE A SERVICE BUT DON’T DISTRIBUTE A RELEASE WITHIN ONE YEAR?

Your purchase is valid for one year starting from the initial date of distribution.

 

  • CAN I GIVE AWAY MY MUSIC FOR FREE?

 

No.

  • When will I get paid?

 

All DSP's have a traditional waiting period of about 3 months from when sales are earned. While some DSP's take longer than 3 months, this is a typical payment schedule:

 

Sale Month   -   Available Date
         Jan       -        March
         Feb      -        April
         Mar      -        May
         Apr      -        June
         May     -        July
        Jun       -        August
        Jul        -        September
        Aug      -        October
        Sep      -        November
        Oct       -        December
        Nov      -        January
        Dec      -        February

With that said, these DSP's may make a claim of fraudulant streaming and delay payment.

- IMPORTANT -

 

DistroSongs only receives money from the DSP's on all "earned" streams. As such, DSP's will not give royalties to DistroSongs for streams they suspect are fraudulent. To complicate matters even more, a DSP may seek funds back from DistroSongs on those royalties that have already been paid out to You in the past. In this situation, your royalties may be withheld until these issues are resolved. Unfortunatley, if DSP's do not give DistroSongs any royalties for your streams, there is nothing DistroSongs can do about it.

Stuff  We Can't Do (Yet?)

  • CAN I DISTRIBUTE MUSIC VIDEOS?

No. Unfortunately, this is not currently offered as a service.

 

 

  • CAN I USE YOUR SERVICE TO SELL RINGTONES?

No. Unfortunately, this is not currently offered as a service.

 

 

  • CAN I UPLOAD A PODCAST?

No. Unfortunately, this is not currently offered as a service.

 

 

  • DO YOU DISTRIBUTE AUDIO BOOKS TO STORES?

No. Unfortunately, this is not currently offered as a service.

 

 

  • CAN I UPLOAD A DIGITAL BOOKLET WITH MY RELEASE?

No. Unfortunately, this is not currently offered as part of this service.

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