How to Sell Music Online
Top 5 Online Music Stores
Music producers and recording artists today are eager to learn how to sell music online. Today there are more opportunities to sell records than at any other time in music history. Gone are the days of pressing master recordings and painstakingly distributing music CDs, vinyl, and tapes to record shops across the country. Online music stores are here to stay. With over one hundred legitimate music websites to choose from, what’s the best way to capitalize on this exciting opportunity to get your music into the hands of those most willing to pay for it?
Here is Supreme Tracks Top 5 Digital Music Stores to sell your music online.
1. CD Baby
CD Baby is the most well known (and currently the most well liked) place for music producers to independently distribute and sell music. Their online interface makes it easy for recording artists to set up an online shop to sell digital recordings or hard copy CDs directly to their fans. In addition, you can opt in to get your music distributed to iTunes, Amazon Marketplace, and Amazon MP3. They give musicians the opportunity to sell music directly from their Facebook Fan Pages and provide tips to help you license your music on YouTube. Buyers who land on their online store can easily search through multiple catalogues to find new artists and new genres of music. With no annual fee, you only pay once upfront to upload your single or album. When your album sells either digitally or physically, CD Baby takes a small commission: 9% for digital sales and $4 for every album hard copy.
Tunecore is currently CD Baby’s biggest competition. While both online stores allow you to do the same thing (sell and distribute your music), there are many differences between the two in terms of fees and commission. The biggest difference is that you get to keep 100% of your earnings, but Tunecore requires a yearly fee PLUS an additional fee to distribute your record to new stores. So if there’s a popular online store that pops up next year, you’ll have to pay an additional fee to have Tunecore distribute your recordings to them. If you’re only looking for a publishing service and not distribution, Tunecore allows you to sign up for these services separately, whereas CD Baby requires you to sign up for both distribution and publishing.
This is the one online music store where you pay a very low annual fee (as of today it’s just $19.99/year) and can upload unlimited songs. So if you’re ultra creative and produce tons of songs, this is definitely the way to go. They are relatively quick to distribute your music to iTunes (just 2-4 hours) and take ZERO COMMISSION (which is always a plus). The biggest downfall is they only distribute to four major online music stores: iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play. This pales in comparison to Tunecore’s access to over 74 of the most popular music stores worldwide and CD Baby’s preferred partner status with iTunes. DistroKid is the new kid on the block of selling online music, which shows in their limited offering. But the seal of approval from the founders of both CD Baby and Tunecore (who don’t work for either of those companies anymore) shows there is plenty of room for positive growth.
If you love producing covers, Loudr is the way to go. Founded by musicians and supported by angel investors who believe in helping innovative, fresh music recordings get their share of the spotlight, Loudr’s online store is the only portal where you pay NO FEE to upload your music to their site and NOTHING upfront to get ahold of mechanical licenses to cover your favorite music hits. Their commission structure does make up for this, however, with 30% commission taken for covers and 15% commission for originals. Another interesting benefit of Loudr is their direct submission of your music to Pandora. Usually you’re required to house a copy of your CD with Amazon, but not when you use Loudr. They’re the only online music company that will digitally provide your music to the popular streaming radio website.
A side note about streaming music to Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio, etc.: We believe this is a great way to promote your music. Though you’re not making money by selling copies of your music through these companies, it’s a fabulous way to promote your music and get your tracks heard by listeners that might not yet know about you. Having said this, it’s ESSENTIAL that you tag your music with the right keywords and genre(s) that will get your song picked up by the right stations.
Rumblefish is best for those music producers who not only produce their own albums, but also want to license their music for use in film, TV, or other creative projects that need a great soundtrack. With the advent of homemade movies, digital programming, and websites like YouTube and Vimeo, people are looking for the perfect canopy of music to add to their films, video games, advertisements, and TV shows. Rumblefish makes it easy on creatives to get ahold of original music quickly. There’s no upfront cost with Rumblefish, and when you’re music is licensed for use, Rumblefish does a 50/50 split of the licensing fee with you. You retain 100% ownership rights and receive 100% of your back-end performance royalties.
Most importantly, selling your music online is not only dependent on where you choose to sell your album. To make the most money with your music, it’s obvious you’ll want to create the best music track possible without spending an arm and a leg on studio costs and musicians fees. Supreme Tracks can help you do that with professional online recording at a low-cost price. We’ll connect you to our handpicked pool of incredible session musicians and audio engineers to arrange, record, mix and master your tracks quickly and professionally. You’ll create music that you can be proud to share with the world’s most powerful online music stores. We want you to make your dreams come true as a music producer or a recording artist by giving you the opportunity to create music that people worldwide will want to buy and listen to all the time. That mean we’ll always do our best to give you the top of the line service and information you need to make your music as good as it gets.