Online music distributors are the answer you were looking for to finally make people fall in love with your music.
They can make your tunes reach the major streaming platforms and online radios in the world. In this case, we are going to speak about using a music distributing company to get your music on Amazon Music.
Are you ready to shake the world? Let’s get right to it!
Introduction: What is Amazon Music?
Yes, I know it is self-explanatory, but Amazon Music is the subsidiary of Amazon, the retail shop. It joins Amazon Prime and all other endeavors Jeff Bezos is pursuing to go for the digital movies and music market of the world.
Amazon Music was born as Amazon MP3 back in September 2007. It had a big plus against other streaming platforms that was selling music cheaper than iTunes and others. Actually, most users stated at the moment that although iTunes offered a better user experience, Amazon had better prices.
By 2019, Amazon Music broke its reputation of cheap but not so good joining Tidal and others in offering high and ultra-high-definition music. Amazon HD was launched on September of last year and offers over fifty million songs in 16 bits and other millions in 24 bits. Nowadays, Amazon Music HD is a suitable platform for regular listeners and audiophiles alike.
Final numbers from January 2020 state that Amazon Music has over 55 million active listeners.
Why is it important to get your music on Amazon Music?
Besides the 55 million users listening to music every day through Amazon Music, it is important that you cover the widest ground possible as an artist.
For example, if I listen to music on Spotify and have a friend who might like your band but is an Amazon Music client, he or she should be able to listen to your records as well.
Also, with $0.00402 per stream it pays more than Pandora and YouTube. This is not a minor detail, you can get some serious money if you manage to get people to listen to you.
Some of the benefits are:
- Exposure: Amazon is one of the world’s largest, most visited sites with presence virtually in every corner of the globe. It can be a great window for your music.
- Ease of use: Amazon Music is, for most users, one of the simplest in the market and offers its services to Prime users for only $7.99 a month, which is tempting for most people.
- Combined sales: Amazon Music offers you to sell physical copies of your music through Amazon Advantage and so you can make a suitable combo for your fans and skyrocket your sales.
Why do you need a music distributor to get your music on Amazon Music?
This is a question I get asked a lot especially by those who didn’t really go through those good old days in which we would deliver cardboard boxes to nerd-looking clerks to sell our independent music catalog.
You need a music distributor to get your music to Amazon Music because they do not work with artists directly, but instead work exclusively with online music distributors.
Actually, music distribution is a concept coming from those early days of physical copies and cardboard boxes. The big difference is that now these companies make sure your music is up on every major store in the internet.
For example, if you decide to hire CDBaby, they will make sure that your music is present in all online stores including Amazon Music.
Of course, picking the right online music distributor is something you should take very seriously; they will be the ones paying most royalties to you. You need a transparent service and being able to trust them at all times.
Let’s take a look at the three online music distributors we recommend the most.
Three recommended distributors to upload your music to Amazon Music
After working with them for many years, I can say that I have narrowed options down to a podium. To me, the best ones out there are CDBaby, TuneCore and iMusician. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.
CDBaby is the oldest in the list. It has been distributing music for the past two decades first in physical and then in digital. The prices for this platform are:
- Standard Single & Album: The Standard Single is $9.95 and album is $29. These plans involve getting your songs on 150 major platforms, getting you money from YouTube with Content ID; make your music available for Instagram and Facebook Stories, TV licensing and instant verification with Spotify and Apple Music.
- Pro Single & Pro Album: Pro Single is $29,95 and Pro Album is $69. These options include everything in the Standard plan and add worldwide shipping of physical copies, worldwide royalties collection and song registration and affiliation to ASCAP, BMI, SESAC or SOCAN.
The company has a long-lasting reputation for being one of the oldest and best in the market, you can’t go wrong going with CDBaby. For a more detailed info on plans, you can check here.
TuneCore has a very large database of amazing artists and works similarly to the one cited above with just some differences. First of all, payments are not a one-time event, but they need to be renewed yearly. For your music to be present in 150 digital stores in over 200 countries, you will have to pay:
- Album – $29.99 the first year and $49.99 the second year.
- Single – $9.99 a year.
- Ringtone – $19.99 a year.
The company also offers other services like:
- Publishing – $75 (one-time fee).
- YouTube – $10 (one-time fee).
- TuneCore Social – $7.99 a month.
You will retain 100% of your royalties as long as you pay the aforementioned fees when you have to. The platform also offers songwriter services to track other versions of your originals as well as artist support in the shape of content reviews, rights specialists and customer care.
iMusician is an online music distributor that offers clients free accounts and the possibility to register your label and upload multiple artists and songs under that label name. All releases start from $5 and it is a one-time payment since there will be no more fees involved in the whole process from submission to collection. For your signup, even if it’s only one single, you’ll have access to:
- ISRC barcodes for free.
- Sales reports on a monthly basis.
- Trend charts for downloads and streams available on a daily basis.
- The option of canceling the service at any given time and for free.
- Customer support in multiple languages.
As if all of these features weren’t enough, you also retain all the rights to your music.
iMusician proved to be the answer for most people. In fact, if you are into electronica, you can use the iM Electronica to release your music on Beatport and Traxsource and get even more spins.
How to prepare your music before sending to Amazon Music
Sending music to Amazon Music is really simple, you just have to make sure that it meets the platform’s requirements so it won’t get rejected. You are going to be working with an online music distributor and they will let you know of the formatting before submission. Some of them will even offer you a converter to do it online.
The minimum audio requirements are:
- Sample size: 16 bits
- Sample rate: 44.1 kHz
- Bit rate: 1411 kbps
- Format: Stereo WAV files
TuneCore created this video that can prove to be very useful for you.
These are the FAQs for distributing on Amazon Music
Getting your music on Amazon Music is, for some people, a daunting scenario. You still have some doubts about it? Let’s go through some FAQs
– How long does it take to get my music on Amazon Music?
Although the company doesn’t give any precision about it from the website, it should take around two to three weeks for your music to be uploaded and available for the general public.
Yes, getting your music on streaming services is an endeavor that takes some time, so keep calm and wait for Amazon Music.
– How much does Amazon Music pay?
Amazon Music is not the highest-paying music streaming platform paying 0.00402 per stream. On the top of the list you have Napster paying 0.019, followed by Tidal with 0.012. Last on the list is YouTube with $0.00069 per view.
While it seems as if it was very little money, bear in mind that successful songwriters count these by the millions and one million plays will get you $7,350 in royalties only from Amazon Music.
– When & how do you get paid by Amazon Music?
Royalties from Amazon Music will be paid to the music distributor you chose and will be according to the plan you have with them. For example, if you chose a plan in which you keep all royalties, all that money will go to you and all you have to pay is the submission fee.
In other cases like with TuneCore, you’ll have to renew your subscription yearly to keep your music generating revenue. All payments by Amazon Music are made monthly.
Amazon Music is a very large platform with 55 million active listeners which means potential audience for your band, solo project, label or even podcast.
The one thing I would like to say before the end of this post is that hiring an online music distributor is just the beginning of your journey, what you need next is a killer marketing strategy, otherwise it would be just like paying to have your CDs on a shelf without anyone knowing about them.
I hope all your doubts about uploading music to Amazon Music are cleared out and I stumble upon your material soon while browsing.
Make all your effort pay off, hire a great online music distributor and sell your music to the world with the right promotion.