Now no one can say that I don’t have wide range of posts on this blog, but the topic of music is something close to my heart, so I thought I would take the time out to write a post for fellow artists/bands with a little advice.
First of all lets start with CDBaby, now I have used CDBaby for three of our releases and have found them very easy to deal with, there is an initial one off cost of $35 per album and then $20 for a barcode for your release, so that’s $55 (£37), but then you post off five physical copies of your CDs to them for to catalogue which will cost you postage, but, CDBaby has now started a Digital Only service so now you only have to send one master to them.
Your music should get listed with several Digital Distribution sites including iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic and more. CDBaby will take 9% of your earnings from your music, so you get 91% of your earnings from sales, which is really good.
Now on to TuneCore, now the difference here is that you upload all your work to the website and no CDs are needed to send to them. With Tunecore you pay and annual fee for your releases a single is $9.99 and an album is $19.98, also you have to pay $.99 per track and $.99 per store that you album is listed in.
So as an example if you release a 10 track album to all the stores it will cost you:
- $12.87 for all 13 stores
- $9.90 for all 10 tracks
- $19.98 for the annual fee
- Total of $42.75 (£29.04)
- You Keep 100% profit!
As you can see it’s still cheaper than CDBaby, but, remember that you have to pay an annual fee, where as once your release has gone with CDBaby there are no more costs for you to pay.
So which to go for, hmm, I would personally say that if you are planning or wishing to sell a load of downloads than I would say TuneCore, but if you are looking in to the long term for your music and like your fans to also have the choice of buying a physical CD then I would go with CDBaby.
As I mentioned earlier we have used both for our music and have found that both are worthy of each other, we use CDBaby for our major album releases and use TuneCore for our smaller single and EP releases which we only release for a short period of time. But at the end of the day it’s your decision to make and I hope that this little bit of info has helped in some way or another
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