What are the best music distribution services for indie artists?

asked by Pablo Seefoo
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11 solutions
  1. 17

    #1TuneCore

    TuneCore

    TuneCore is a music distribution platform that provides artist services, music publishing, and music selling. The service comes with an indefinite contract.

    Websites

    $9.99- Varies by plan

    Dorothy Silva
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "Tunecore's interface was easy to navigate and the prices are reasonable. My boyfriend wants to become a famous ballad singer and I'm helping him make his dreams come true."
  2. 14

    #2CD Baby

    CD Baby

    CD Baby is a music distribution platform for independent artists and musicians. The company offers a contract along with their distribution payment plans which can be canceled within a day's notice.

    Websites

    $9.95- Varies by plan

    Brian Larson
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "CD Baby's the best music distribution service hands down!"
  3. 10

    #3Ditto Music

    Ditto Music

    Ditto Music is a music distribution service for independent musicians and artists. The service can help its client's get featured on Spotify and Apple Music playlists.

    Websites

    $19- Varies by plan

    Jean Jacobs
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "My brother is an upcoming indie musician and we've been struggling to find a good music distribution service for him. Luckily, we found out about Ditto. It helped us a lot!"
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    #4ReverbNation

    ReverbNation

    ReverbNation is a music distribution service for independent musicians and artists. You can join the website for free as a fan to discover new music or as an artist to launch your music career.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Teresa Long
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "Reverbnation saved my catastrophic music career."
  2. 9

    #5MondoTunes

    MondoTunes

    MondoTunes is a digital music distribution service that offers online marketing and promotional tools for independent artists and musicians. The clients of the service get to keep all their rights and sales.

    Websites

    $39.99- Varies by plan

    Beverly Howard
    Written on June 6, 2018
    "MondoTunes is mondolicious! I love using it to distribute my Indie-style music online. The fees are really affordable!"
  3. 8

    #6Staimusic

    Staimusic

    In a few words, Staimusic is exactly what you are looking for when you want to listen to some music but you can't decide any song, artist or album. The initial test of Staimusic is easy and stimulating, and the playlist is just exactly what you need. 

    Websites

    Free

    Alan Bates
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is cool I didn’t know this!"
  4. 8

    #7iMusician

    iMusician

    iMusician is a music distribution service for independent musicians and labels. The platform offers an encrypted 'music locker' that guarantees that the music belongs solely to the client.

    Websites

    $5- Varies by plan

    Janet Gray
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "I love iMusician so much! You see, there are so many music distribution channels out there and I researched them all but this service proves to be the most effective because thy responded so swiftly! "
  5. 6

    #8SoundCloud

    SoundCloud

    Soundcloud is a platform where artists can post their latest music, and people can follow musicians and receive alerts when they upload new tracks. When you like a song you can check out similar tracks using the Related Tracks function.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Angela Huang
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "I'm not an artist myself but I discovered some of the best indie music on this website! I particularly love underground artist no rome. If you're looking for good music that isn't mainstream, go on soundcloud."
  6. 6

    #9Songflow

    Songflow

    Songflow is a music distribution platform that includes a sales dashboard and promotional tools to help boost your song or album. The service claims that their clients get 100% of their royalties and rights.

    Websites

    $5- Varies by plan

    Nathan King
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "Songflow is simple and effective, would recommend to any budding musicians out there who have no clue how the music industry works!"
  7. 5

    #10Bandcamp

    Bandcamp

    Bandcamp offers a platform where musicians can release their music. Accordingly, it is chock full of great new music for you to discover in its aptly named Discover section. It is available on the web or as an app for Android and iOS devices.

    Apps

    Other Platform, iOS, Android

    Free

    Jean West
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "Bandcamp has the best selection of indie artists! I love being the first one to know about them before my friends. Makes me feel extra special. "
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    #11DistroKid

    DistroKid

    DistroKid is a music distribution service which helps independent artists put their music on platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Deezer, YouTube, and more. Artists using DistroKid can also profit once they gain more listeners.

    Websites

    $19.99

    Zion Aguirre
    Written on April 23, 2019
    "DistroKid allows unlimited distribution of albums and singles for a year to all digital stores worldwide. You keep all royalties/ revenues for all your songs and may upload cover songs legally as a bonus feature!"

Summary

Best What are the best music distribution services for indie artists
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1TuneCoreWebsites 17 Paid
2CD BabyWebsites 14 Paid
3Ditto MusicWebsites 10 Paid
4ReverbNationWebsites 10 Free
5MondoTunesWebsites 9 Paid
6StaimusicWebsites 8 Free
7iMusicianWebsites 8 Paid
8SoundCloudApps 6 Free
9SongflowWebsites 6 Paid
10BandcampApps 5 Free
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