Exploring The Digital Music Distribution ‘Jungle’

I’ve touched on music distribution issues here before with Tunecore, Bit Torrent and even good old analogue vinyl but thought I’d dig around a bit deeper as there seems to be new distribution services springing up on a regular basis these days. Be they aggregator or ‘widget’ type tools. Ill be covering digital music aggregators here first and covering website widgets later in the week.


The Music Void – Denzyl Feigelson on MUZU

Things To Consider When Choosing Digital Music Distribution

With the Internet its easy to research background on companies these days. Thats what Google is for. Do it. Search around the distributors website. Look for the names of people running the company. Put a shout out on Twitter or music  forums if you need user feedback on any service.

What is the distributors background, how long has the company been around?  What is the revenue model ? Upfront yearly admin fee (like Tunecore) or a percentage of sales (CD Baby take 9%).

Which digital retailers do  the aggregators distribute too? Also, check the distributors  list of bands, artists and labels that are using their services. Always a good reference point. Its reassuring to know that Tunecore (who I use) also handle digital distribution for established artists such as NiN,  David Byrne & Brian Eno and Jay Z and newer MP3 blog faves like MGMT.

Also you need to know that you wont be signing away rights to your music and that you wont be tied down to any lengthy fixed terms

Music industry scribe Moses Avalon has a good breakdown of distribution terms for a few aggregators on his website. Its a couple of years old and as such covers only the longer established companies but is still very relevant.

Territories

Is the distribution deal exclusive? Does it allow you to distribute your music to additional regions or outlets or are you bound to a single distributor?

You should have the option to choose availability of your music by territory too. Maybe you want to be on iTunes in the USA but not Europe and so on. Several reasons for this, but mainly you may have a deal in another country so want to restrict a particular release.

Don’t rule out the possibility of using more than one distributor. Distributors like Tunecore and CD Baby don’t cover  niche retailers like Beatport and TrackitDown for instance.

For smaller ‘specialist niches’ ( electronic/dance music for one) you would have to look at other aggregators to get you into places like Beatport, DJDownload and TrackitDown and the like. If you’re releasing electronic music you really do want to be on the biggest electronic music stores. DJ’s head here first for the higher bitrate downloads and upfront exclusives, not to iTunes.

All distribution deals should be none exclusive. You’re not signing a record deal OK.  Use your logic though, don’t try and use multiple aggregators to get on the same stores.

The Stores

By default the major aggregators- at the very minimum- should be getting your music onto what I call the ‘Big Five’. For better or worse these are the stores Joe and Jane public get the majority of their paid downloads from.

The ‘Big Five’ are :  iTunes (and you can go worldwide with Apple, or just by territory), the now Best Buy owned Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic and Amazon MP3 (a ‘distant second‘ in market share). Lots of aggregators will bump up the number of “stores we distribute to”, claim by counting regional variations.

For instance Texas based Catapult Distribution claim over sixty stores, but thirty of these are iTunes and Napster regional variations. Just a small point really but worth noting.

Stores that I would call ‘second division’ outlets (ie: fractional market share, compared to iTunes) would include Zune, FYE/MusicNet, VCast and the like. For the UK you’d add Tesco Digital and HMV to that list. Big high street brand names, small online share.

BPI PDF guide to getting your singles online

The Digital Music Aggregator List

AWAL – (Sheffield/London, UK) – Take 15% cut but doesn’t seem to be a sign up fee. No upload area, good old fashioned mail in signed agreement and CD for encoding. Handling Arctic Monkeys, Sparks, Klaxons and Moby and 100s more.  Aimed more at labels as apposed to individual artists. Promotion and licensing services too. Co-owned by ex-Comsat Angel Kevin Bacon (no not that one!). No store listing but iTunes seems to be the biggest focus.

IRIS – (San Fransisco, USA) – Take a 15% cut of sales. Impressively comprehensive list of retailers  and mobile music outlets worldwide. Again, another outlet aimed more at label catalogues than DIY artists. Submissions for consideration are initially via an online form. In house marketing arm too.

CD Baby – (Portland, Oregon, USA)- $35 one off sign up fee and take a 9% cut of download revenue. Digital distribution sticks to the ‘big 5’ retailers and some of the ‘second tier’ stores. Can get your CDs into US stores via one stop distributor Super D. Now owned by New Jersey based CD manufacturer Discmakers@cdbaby

101 Distribution(Phoenix, Arizona, USA)Not sure what warrants the high costs here. But there’s a massive $599 sign up fee, then $49.95 a month. 100% payout of all sales. You’re gonna need it with those kind of upfronts! You can Twitter questions why, here: @101Distribution

Nimbit(Framingham, MA, USA)$15 per album sign-up fee and they take a 20% cut for getting you on iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and CDFreedom . They do the encoding so you mail in your CD and artwork. They have a number of extra services like CD duplication, merchandising, online storefronts, widgets and download cards@nimbit

IODA(San Fransisco, USA)One of the longest established digital music aggregators with an impressive list of distribution partners and services. Again, one of those services that is aimed at labels vs individuals. Hopefuls can apply here@iodapromonet

Catapult – (Frisco, Texas, USA) – $25 set-up fee (plus $20 for a barcode) which includes placement on the usual big five stores plus Verizon’s VCast, Tesco Digital and HMV Digital (UK), Puretracks (Canada), Zune and FYE. Full list here. Artist keeps 91% of sales which is inline with CD Baby and means you can expect something like 56c from a 99c download. Like most USA based services (excluding IODA) there’s a lack of niche outlets, with the majority being USA and Canadian mainstream retailers.

ReverbNation – (Durham, NC/New York, USA) –  RN looks like it was designed for the MySpace generation with its ADD inspired layout! Nevertheless dig around and there’s a bunch of great services. Digital distribution will cost artists a one off $34.95 sign-up fee and get you on iTunes worldwide, and the rest of the ‘big 5’.  100% of sales goes to the artist. Where RN possibly beats out similar priced outlets like CDBaby and Tunecore is with the additional viral marketing tools. There’s a bunch of free promo tools, widgets, email lists, and a Sonicbids feature beating EPK . @ReverbNation

SongCast(Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA) – Another relatively new name (to me at least). Songcast offer the basic ‘big 5 ‘ distribution deal for $19.99 signup and $5.99 a month. You keep 100% of sales but with the monthly fee that works out at $91.96 for the first year. Something like triple the fees of other ‘entry level’* distributors like Tunecore, ReverbNation and CDBaby. Oh, they throw in a free barcode. Difficult to see why you’d go here and pay more to get on the same major download platforms though.

KJER – (Brabrand, Denmark) – KJER use the services of IODA to get artists and labels on one of the most comprehensive retail store lists mentioned here (presumably the same list as IODA itself). Their client list seems to be mainly European independent labels though their services extend to clients worldwide and their website invites individual artists to submit material for distribution. Further details on their blog and on the main website FAQ. The lack of information on their website doesn’t fill you with confidence.

Ditto Music -(Birmingham, UK) – Ditto have a massive retail partner list including the usual big 5, all the major dance music stores, mobile music outlets and white label branded stores too. The service seems to be geared towards artists aiming to crack the UK download charts and Ditto claim to have ushered  seven unsigned artists into the UK top 40 already. There’s a sliding scale of sign up fees depending on the amount of stores you want to be on, from the basic 25 UK Pounds ($36) package which includes iTunes and Amazon UK but not eMusic, Napster or Rhapsody bizarrely. A total of 70 UK pounds ($103 approx) gets you just about everywhere in Europe, including those ‘illusive’  dance retailers Beatport, Trackitdown, DJDownload, Stompy, XpressBeats and Juno. Artists keep 100% of revenue. There’s an additional 55 UK pounds service to register your release with the chart authorities Catco/PPL. @Dittomusic , MySpace.

RouteNote – (Redruth, UK) – Routenote are another UK based distribution service (and a new service, less than a year old) that’ll get your music on iTunes, Amazon  eMusic, Snocap, iMeem and LastFM, though no Rhapsody or Napster. Nothing different here really, though there’s no sign up fee and artist share is 90% of revenue. @routenote

Symphonic Distribution -(Tampa, Florida, USA) Symphonic is aimed squarely at getting dance music artists across the variety of niche electronica and digital dance music retailers worldwide (and as such is of great interest to me!). They service just about all the dance specialists, including Beatport, Juno Download and TrackitDown . They will also get you on iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic and Amazon and tons more outlets. 100% of sales royalties go to the artist and an album signup fee would be $29.99. Promising, I really like the look of these guys. Twitter  Facebook

Musicadium – (Brisbane, Australia/Tokyo, Japan)- Australian based digital distribution setup that lets you keep 100% of sales in return for a sign-up fee of $39Aus per album, (about $28US). They seem to be limited to iTunes, eMusic and Amazon MP3 right now though more retailers are promised.  Blog. @musicadium

Tunecore – (Brooklyn,New York,USA) – I like Tunecore a lot. I use them, I trust their service and they’re fair to the artist. They’re pretty transparent too with an informative blog, free PDF downloads and multiple Twitter accounts. They service the ubiquitous ‘big 5’ stores as well as smaller retailers and outlets like Lala, Shockhound and Amie St.  There’s a $19.98 sign-up charge which is yearly and artists keep all the sales $$$. More FAQs here. I think the common consensus into what would make Tunecore better than it is, is more stores. Recommended for the mainstream retail distribution. @tunecoregary @TuneCore @viva

Feiyr.com – (Traunstein, Germany) – German based digital distributor that is an offshoot of major vinyl distributor Dance All Day. Feiyr supply a massive selection of  dance retailers across Europe and also the ‘big 5’ retailers worldwide. Recomended for their wide and specialist coverage. Sign up fee is around 10 Euros and the artist share seems to be variable. Not the best website in the world.

The Orchard – (New York, USA/London, UK) – Another company (like IODA) that seem to have been around forever. Offer a comprehensive list of download stores worldwide and other services like sync licensing, marketing and video distribution. Again, like all the ‘higher end’ distribution services there’s an application process here. Not aimed at artists with one off releases.

Conclusions?

Given my own niche (dance/house music),if I ever get around to getting my arse in gear with new tracks this year I’ll probably give Symphonic, Feiyr or Ditto the nod  for the additional coverage and niche stores. If I was just wanting distribution on iTunes, Napster, eMusic, Rhapsody and Amazon I’d probably head for ReverbNation for their impressive additional promo tools. Neither CDBaby, Tunecore, ReverbNation or Nimbit cover any different ground retail wise between them which means they’re all chasing the same market. ReverbNation and Nimbit probably edge it with their extra features.

For labels with a few artists or bigger names and a regular release schedule IODA is the one for me. They’ve been around since download stores were born just about and cover more stores worldwide than anyone else I’ve mentioned here.

*Footnote.  By ‘entry level’ stores I refer to the fact that these are aimed more at individual artists vs the bigger catalog/label distributors that have more barriers of entry. Not a sleight on any of the service providers here.

Related Reading

How To Effectively Promote and Sell Your Music on iTunes (MusicianWages.com)
How To Get Your Music Distributed on iTunes (And Keep Most Of The Money) (Buzzsonic.com)
The Future Of Music Distribution-Your Computer (EQMag.com)
Primer On Content Aggregators and Digital Distribution (TheMusicBizLawyer.com)
Download Store Comparison Part Deux (Fatdrop Blog)
The Long Fail-The Cost of Digital Distribution (MusicThinkTank)
Worldwide Online Stores Map (Pro-Music.org)
What Every Musician Should Know About Digital Distribution, Part II (Tunecorner)
Promoting Your Music On iTunes (ArielPublicity.com)
My Problem With eMusic (Hypebot)
9 Ways To Ride The Digital Music Wave Free eBook (Musicadium.com)
Online Music Distribution-The Indie Band Survival Guide (IndieGuide.com)
Official UK Top 40 Download Charts (TheOfficialCharts.com)
Getting Your Singles Online-A BPI Guide For Independents PDF (TheOfficialCharts.com)
IFPI Says 95% of Music Downloads Are Illegal (TechDirt.com)
How Can I Sell My Music Online? (NewMusicStrategies.com)
IFPI publishes Digital Music Report 2009 (FierceWireless.com)
Digital Distributors:Choose The Right One For You (MosesAvalon.com)
Why Most Digital Distribution Start-ups Will Fail (CNet.com)
Amazon’s MP3 Store, One Year In: No iTunes Killer; Probably Won’t Be (AllThingsD.com)
iTunes Competitors: We’re Number 2! No, We’re Number 2! (BusinessInsider.com)
Vanity Labels:The New Majors? (MosesAvalon.com)
Bacon And Quarmby (Sandman Magazine)

Twitter List
I’m going to start adding Twitter account link of people/companies mentioned in my posts simply because it ads transparency and more importantly allows you to ‘connect’ to people of interest. If you want too.

@Moses Avalon
@beatport @Beatportal
@Trackitdown
@eMusicNews
@DJDOWNLOAD
@amazonmp3
@Puretracks
@discmakers

31 thoughts on “Exploring The Digital Music Distribution ‘Jungle’

  1. Peter Wells

    Thanks for the mention, and for the very positive words, Adrian. Isn’t it astonishing how this space is filling up? The demand for digital distribution is growing, and that means more people making music and more people wanting it in the stores.

    One addition, I hope you’ll include mention of our physical solution, Amazon on Demand, which lets any of our artists put their music into the Amazon CD store, and have Amazon MANUFACTURE and fulfill and deliver the disc–it’s a new program, everyone we’ve told about it has been crazy excited by it. I think this and our soon-to-be-rereleased widget and iPhone app a game changer.

    I read a lot of “which one to use” blogs, and yours is one of the best: you’re looking beyond the pennies, encouraging artists to consider other factors. That’s exactly the right move. It’s not just about the deal and the placement, it’s about the philosophy, the tools, the stability and the growth.

    I look forward to your thoughts on all the new tools and opportunities (and yes, stores!) we’re getting ready for our artists. Should be fun to see it grow.

    Thanks. Questions welcome, as always.

    –Peter
    peter@tunecore.com

  2. Charles

    Hi,

    Good article!

    My 2 cents:
    – for artists who want to sign a digital distribution deal, the best thing to do is to sign with an aggregator like Ioda or Orchard, who AFAIK have the largest distribution channels. They are on our books for example, 24-7 Entertainment, and we are the biggest B2B digital music service provider in Europe with 100M tracks downloaded last year spread over 40+ shops.
    But you are right, it’s not only about share alone, it’s important how they treat you and market your music.
    – No mention of Vidzone, InGrooves, Kontor and Finetunes re. aggregators?
    – you mention Tesco for example as a store, but I think you should look beyond that and look at digital distribution range. there’s no way an independent artist can approach such stores, if you go through an aggregator, you can approach all major channels in one go.
    – No mention of mobile music? TDC, Voda, Omnifone, Nokia, SonyEricsson… all doing their bit to make this happen and don’t be fooled, this segment is playing catch up with the good old web.

    Best,

    @roelsc

  3. Kevin Breuner

    Thanks for the mention of CD Baby! One thing that I would add is that artists who use CD Baby to distribute their music digitally, are also available for download through http://cdbaby.com, where the artist makes by far the largest percentage of the money over any aggregator (all the other companies still have to surrender around 30¢ on the dollar to iTunes and other retailers). Artists also have the ability to set their own price, which has created some pricing options that can be very lucrative for the artist.

    It’s also worth noting that we still sell thousands of CDs every day to all points of the globe, which is included with your sign up fee.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

    Kevin
    kevin@cdbaby.com

  4. buzzsonic

    Thanks for the positive and constructive comments Peter. Yes, there certainly is a great amount of choice. I sometimes think that people don't really appreciate how much easier it is to get your music out there now. Of course you're speaking to another old school music biz type hear, pressing my own vinyl and walking around vinyl stores physically distributing them myself!

    Having said that, I think its actually harder now to get HEARD above all the noise.

    I'm aware of Createspace (I presume you mean that Amazon service?). Personally I prefer to get small dupe runs myself (another great Tunecore service I've used by the way), but Creatspace is a good shortcut to getting physical product made available.

    Any developments/plans on getting any of the dance stores onboard (Beatport?) yet?

    Thanks again for taking time out to visit the blog and comment Peter

    Adrian

  5. buzzsonic

    Thanks for the comments. I did mention in the piece that IODA and the Orchard were aimed more at labels vs artists going it alone. And yes I agree that both are two of the longest established set-ups out there with probably the widest reach, if you can get on their service.

    Which is why I kinda focused more on places like Tunecore and the like, people that bands with no track record can get in with (and build a track record!).

    Yeah, I tried to be as comprehensive as possible with the listing which is why I didn't just concentrate on companies here in the USA, but I did realize I missed a few companies, which I will be updating soon.
    InGrooves, Finetunes (not to be confused with Finetune) and Kontor I knew of. Vidzone I didn't http://www.vidzonedigitalmedia.com/ So thanks for that, you may have given me an idea for another post!

    Obviously I know individual bands cant go direct to the main retailers which was the point of the post in main.

    I did actually mention that Ditto Music service all the mobile music outlets.

    Thanks for your thoughts, much appreciated

    Adrian

  6. buzzsonic

    I think this is something that Derek Sivers had put in motion when he was still at the helm, so was aware of it. Would be interested to know the percentage of download sales vs CD sales on CDBaby nowadays.

    And of course I am aware of the CDBaby services as I have used them myself!

    Thanks for taking time out to leave your comments here Kevin. Really appreciate you taking the time!
    Adrian

  7. Steven Finch

    Thanks for the mention of RouteNote. We are currently offering artists reach to over 90% of the online music store market, even though we dont deal with Rhapsody and Napster (who are small players currently). Additionally, we will be addding a lot more features in the coming months, as we arent aiming to be your normal digital music distributor, we are aiming to provide artists with the best online music service.

  8. Justin Boland

    It's startling to see actual research and content on a music business blog. Thank you for taking the time to do this right, this was something worth printing and taking notes on. Very rare and much appreciated.

  9. Flemming Kjer

    Hey Adrian,

    Thanks a lot for including our humble company on your list, and thanks for the input. We can definitely use your comments to improve the information on our website and the structure of it. We certainly do not mean to scare off visitors – in fact, we might want to consider leaving our relatively tiny all-flash site and replace it with an (x)html site.

    KJER.com strive to be the preferred business partner to record labels and music production companies worldwide that do not have the time or the resources in-house to take care of the complex digital distribution processes, and therefore have chosen to outsource the administration of their digital music assets.

    Before we enter a business relationship we use a quite “analogue” way of discussing whether KJER.com is in fact the right place for the company in question. Consequently, visitors aren't enabled to automatically sign up. We want to be sure that we are the right choice for our clients, and we are only interested in helping the right clients.

    In that process, we collaborate with IODA and and we have done that since 2005. Of course! 🙂
    – Please allow me to underline the fact that KJER.com is a B2B company, i.e. we do not assist individual artists.

    By-the-way: We help our clients with a lot of other relevant and critical tasks too, e.g. audio and graphics prep work.

    Thanks again. Keep up the good work.

    All the best,

    Flemming Kjer
    – director / founder
    KJER.com ApS

  10. buzzsonic

    Really appreciate the comments Flemming, certainly helped to fill in some gaps which I will be updating shortly in a bigger round-up.

    Many thanks for taking time out to leave feedback!

    Adrian

  11. Kiley Thompson

    Incredible resource list, as I'm up to my eyeballs with anger with the two digital distributors i work with right now (cdbaby and feiyr). WHATEVER YOU DO, don't use Feiyr's mastering service. You can't download or approve the final result. and with the restructure of cdbaby, i've been waiting two months to have 4 singles released with them (they haven't even put them on their website). Feiyr is extremely quick to post to their exclusive portals, and they report/pay almost immediately. Outside of their portals, i think i paid for nearly 50 sites and 10 have them and are selling them.
    weak.
    Symphonic looks promising.
    Again, thanks for the info.

  12. Mark

    It's a shame that CDBaby's submission service is broken right now and has been broken for 6 weeks. I have been told that it might be up in 4 weeks.

    I loved CDBaby for years, and now am reading this article so I can learn which company I'll be switching to – forever.

  13. Jorge Fusaro

    Hello! I apologize for my comment (a bit off topic on this post, which by the ways is really helpful). I helped produced an artist last year and before we launched the full-length CD became available online every store in the world!

    I am hoping someone in the community can give me some tips to track who pirated the music. I don't know where to begin.

    Thank you very much!

  14. Don't Ditto

    Avoid Ditto Music at all costs!

    Ditto music advertised they would release my album to “over 200 stores” within “4-5 weeks”. It has been FOUR MONTHS, and so far it is only on iTunes (and that took 6 weeks). It also appears on 4 other stores, but Ditto messed up the track names, so the wrong track plays when you click the one you expect.

    I paid £55.00 for this + £24.00 a year subscription. Their Co-Founder has refused my request to cancel the release and release it again with the correct track names, because it would cost him a few pounds. Instead I have waited 4 months while they apparently chase the corrections with 200 stores (actually 5).

    I wish I had never heard of Ditto Music. Their bad reputation is well earned. I have reported them to Trading Standards and the Insolvency Service’s Companies Investigation Branch. I am pushing for the maximum fine, as they have scuppered my album launch that i worked years towards, completely ruining the creative process for me and losing me many potential sales.

    It’s not just me. Check Google, or http://www.businessreporter.net/article/ditto-music-not-a-business-that-is-ready-997-1.html

    Avoid Ditto Music at all costs!

  15. Lee

    Thanks for the mention of http://www.dittomusic.com
    We have changed our pricing structure considerably since this was written.
    We now simply charge 30p or 45c per store.
    We cover hundreds of stores and have great options like setting up your label, claiming back PRS, becoming chart eligible in the UK and Ireland and lots more.

    Thanks again for the feedback

    Lee

  16. DittoMusic

    Thanks for the mention of Ditto Music.
    As well as considerably lowering our prices to make sure we are the cheapest digital distributor worldwide, we have also added new services for unsigned artists.
    We collect PRS royalties for airplay , gigs and television.
    We get artists feedback from DJ's, managers, labels, publishers and promoters.
    An i personally have enjoyed speaking at events like In The City, Liverpool Sound city and sharing a panel with Microsoft at Go North last week.
    I really hope that all of this market competition at the moment will result in a better structure for unsigned artists.

    Thanks again for the mention

    Lee

    http://www.dittomusic.com

  17. Reality_107

    Most distributors SAY they give you 100% royalties, but they charge annual maintenance fees which often equates to them keeping 110% of your royalties!… This is a scam that affects small artists worst. http://www.austepmusic.com.au is relatively new, and mainly focused on helping Australian musicians, but they don’t charge annual maintenance fees…

  18. Bruce

    Great article!
    Some of the comments below about other services are harsh and… some of them are probably true. Their can be a lot of confusion about what you are getting when you sign up. And even the big distributors that have so much to offer seem to have the blindspot of being unable to react quickly (or communicate directly) if things go wrong.
    Oseao.com hasnt had any complaints in our 4 years of catering to DJs world wide. We work with many genres but are about 70% electronic music so we definetely hit all those specialty stores internationally. There no hidden costs and we spend a lot of extra work knowing the people in the industry so we can push good tracks to top 10 store lists, electronic store newsletters and licensing deals. Check us out… and keep writing such great articles. Very informative.
    Full disclosure: I am the owner.

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  20. Tom

    Excellent article …is very useful to inform and know how is the management within the music business. I recommend a company called DANCEPHONIC DISTRIBUTION ( http://www.dancephonic.com ) I was pleasantly surprised at the service of this company, provides distribution only top 10 music stores (distributed only to those most sold), has a promotion and mastering service.100% recommend this company.

  21. S2e

    And, after a year and a few months, I have figured out that Reverbnation is a bit of a scam. The fee listed here is wrong because its almost double that amount or 60 bucks annually…however, they not only charge a $50 take down (making your so called one time payment, 50 dollars more than that initial amount spent), there are also fees taken for every transfer of money to your paypal account. Therefore, no matter what at Reverbation, you are spending $110 to set and take down each release. Its not reflected in any of the sign up document and they added it on to the FAQ a few months after I initially signed up…But I was not happy with that system. Forget about the fees, they hardly got our product anywhere that cant be done at any other aggregator and/or distributor. They have great marketing tools but this where and how they scam money from artists. Which sucks because obviously as a young artist, trying to grow in this industry, every penny counts. And, its hard to read thousands of lines of fine print like they have in their FAQ section. The fees they take are very easy to overlook even now…I was honestly shocked a company with so much going them, acts that way towards young bands….as if its not hard enough to break into the marketplace, you have look over your shoulders at your own partner because Reverbnation is not at all forthcoming about these fees….not even remotely…they hide it….and that sucks because I could have gone to every other company, that would and does not act this way towards artists. Most companies do not take advantage of young artists, but this company is a nightmare with regard to digital distribution. I am telling you its a nightmare to deal with their digital services. Its very hard. Let alone you will not get paid on time. Its now 8/11 and I have had money due to me since 8/5. And, they refuse to deal and/or answer to it. Its very hard…and I know they are scheming some way to keep that money…which is incredible to do to young artists in this industry today….

  22. iuytbvuj

    Feiyr.com

    I have been with these idiots for a while and i have had nothing but problems… they totally suck!

    I released a few tracks and they dont even have them released under 1 artist!
    they keep messing my releases up so instead of all tracks apearing under 1 artist in itunes they are split into 3 different variations of the real artist.. pathetic!

    I have contacted them so many times about this but as most people have already said, their support really sux… they are a german company so all the support staff have poor english and totally miss the point thats if they can be bothered to reply!!

    Its come to the stage now that i have had to give them an ultimatum to either correct the artist name for my tracks, which would take a few seconds or just delete all my releases so I can go to a PROFESSIONAL distribution company.

    they had the nerve to reply

    “Hello,
    everytime you can deleted your bundles and release with the right names. Also feel free to change the distributor when you will, before you must closed your feiyr account and delted all bundles.”

    not only is this really bad english its bull!.. once you have created an artist and released a bungle YOU CAN NOT EDIT THEM!!!! so i can’t do this myself – if i could i would (stupid muppets!)
    also to delete a release they have the cheek to charge you something stupid like 30 euros for each bundle / release

    I have 7 single releases so thats 210 euros to take my tracks down because of their stupid mistakes!!!

    If your looking for digital distributor stay the hell away form these idiots, all they want is your cash!! they have so many hidden fees – they even charge a 3% fee for using paypal lol

    Feiyr.com aka dance-all-day.com you suck !!!

    I highly suggest you do your own research on any of these companies before signing up

    Always, at least!!, do a review search of the company to see what others say

    Example: http://www.google.co.uk/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=feiyr.com+review

    Good Luck

  23. Mark McDonald

    These days I would put my money on JMD Distribution. they’re an upstream for majors so they provide the largest distribution range without monthly or annual costs.we keep 100% royalties

    They offer lowest cost guarantee and I blelieve the owners are musicians from major labels trying to change the climate of the corporate distributors ie Ditto, Tuncore, Cdbaby..

    We’ve tried most of them in the past with singles and JMD’s been by far superior.  try this, Call all distributors then call JMD.  The customer service will speak for its self
    http://www.jmddistribution.com