What alternatives are there to Tunecore music distribution?

Tunecore are one of the top choices for artists to get their music out there but there are plenty of alternatives that might suit you better depending on your situation.

RouteNote

RouteNote offers you the choice of Free or Premium distribution which you can switch between at any time depending on how much revenue you think your music will earn.

For Free: you can distribute to all our partner stores and services which includes all of the top music streaming services and download stores in the world as well as another unique services opening opportunities for your music’s reach. Free users keep 85% of all the earnings their music makes.

Premium: All the benefits of worldwide distribution that you get for free and you keep 100% of the revenue your music makes. A great choice for artists who know their music is going to get lots of plays and downloads.

Singles

RouteNote Premium$10 then $9.99 a year after the first year

TuneCore$9.99 a year

EPs

RouteNote Premium$20 then $9.99 a year after the first year

TuneCore$29.99 then $49.99 a year after the first year

Albums

RouteNote Premium$30 then $9.99 a year after the first year

TuneCore$29.99 then $49.99 a year after the first year

As you can see, you can make a huge saving whilst earning 100% of your musics streaming and download revenues by choosing RouteNote.

For a more in depth comparison of all the services both Tunecore and RouteNote offer read here.

DistroKid

DistroKid are a good choice for many if there are only a few specific services that artists want to get their music on. For distribution to select services they can be a good price but a lot of the extra features that come all included with other distributors cost extra hidden fees with DistroKid.

They offer a basic subscription for unlimited song uploads that is $19.99 a year under 1 band/artist name. Two upload 2 different artist/band names and have extra customisation it costs $35.99 a year.

There is then a label speciality tier that costs $79.99 a year for up to 100 artist/band names.

This makes it harder to do a direct comparison as DistroKid arranges their distribution quite uniquely but depending on the number of artists/names you want to distribute DistroKid may well be better value than Tunecore for your releases.

For an in-depth comparison between RouteNote and Distrokid head here.

Songkick report “175 million music fans annually” on their platform

According to a recent press release from the company, Songkick currently help 175m fans find concerts of their favourite artists near them.

The concert discovery service helps users track their favourite artists playing gigs near them. Acquired by Warner Music Group in 2017, the service very nearly shutdown later that year due to pressures from Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Despite this, two and a half years later, Songkick is thriving today.

A recent press release from the company appointing Alexey Blinov as VP, Technology revealed the following:

Blinov joined Songkick in 2014 as a software developer and since then helped evolve the platform that helps 175 million music fans annually track their favourite artists, discover concerts and buy tickets with confidence.

Songkick – Press Release

Blinov’s promotion sees him taking over from Aaron Randall who’s leaving the company. He’ll help develop virtual live events in the absence of shows and festivals during the pandemic.

My team is working hard to help build a virtual live business that’ll help artists make up some of the income they’re losing in the absence of shows and festivals. It’s vital work for the future of the artist community, and the wider music business.

Songkick – Press Release

Amazon Music subscriptions are up 104% year-on-year

The latest Q1 2020 streaming subscriber stats from Counterpoint Research confirm previous reports, with Spotify and Apple Music dominating the space, as well as increadible growth from Amazon.

Last month’s Q1 market share stats from MIDiA found Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music taking the top three spots in premium music subscriptions. The latest findings from Counterpoint Research’s revenue share back up this data. With minor differences between the two estimates, the underlying theme of subscription and revenue growth is true in both. For official stats, see IFPIs listening report from 2019.

Counterpoint

Counterpoint Research report 394m music subscriptions globally, which is up 35% year-on-year growth. Spotify represent 33% global subscriptions with a 30% revenue share, and Apple Music showing 21% and 25% respectively. Amazon Music more than doubled from the previous period last year, with a 104% year-on-year growth and 12% market share. YouTube Music at 9% and Pandora at 5% hold fourth and fifth place with respectable shares.

Spotify’s latest podcast moves: $20 million deal with Omnicom

Spotify have signed a huge $20 million advertising deal with Omnicon as podcasts become a major priority for the music streaming service.

This new deal with Omnicom Media Group in their “largest global, strategic podcast advertising partnership to date”. The deal is worth $20 million and will see the American media marketing company gain first access to advertising on Spotify’s blossoming podcast offerings.

The deal with Omnicom comes just weeks after Spotify launched video advertising in the US, UK, and Canada. No doubt this was a very attractive prospect for Omnicom which may have helped seal the deal as they look to advertise their partners on popular new mediums like Spotify.

Their new partnership with Omnicom Media Group see the advertising conglomerate commited to spending $20 million in the second half of 2020. Just 0.06% of Omnicom’s $35bn annual spending budget.

Spotify’s Global Head of Advertising Business, Lee Brown said: “This partnership is a breakthrough moment for the podcast industry and audio advertising at large. We couldn’t be more ecstatic to have an agency of Omnicom Media Group’s global influence and imprint recognising the value of podcasts for their clients in such a significant way.”

At the start of the year Spotify began targeted advertising on their podcasts to appeal more to advertisers. They proved podcasts were a massive success after testing the new content on their huge music streaming platform in recent years.

Recently they have signed massive deals for some of the world’s biggest podcasts including an exclusive deal with Joe Rogan to distribute his podcast on Spotify only. They are now doubling down on both the content they have to offer for listeners and the possibilities for creators and advertisers with the new medium.

New original podcasts are coming, with Arab-Israeli vlogger Nuseir Yassin bringing his weekly ‘Nas Talks’ show to Spotify Podcasts as well as ‘An Oral History of The Office’, covering the behind the scenes details of the US version of The Office.

Brown added: “We look forward to partnering with OMG to unlock the creative possibilities of audio and building rich connections with listeners worldwide.”

United Masters suddenly cuts their free distribution for artists

United Masters have launched a new model for artists to keep 100% of their earnings but it sees their free distribution’s offering slashed.

United Masters have been one of a few options for creators to get their music distributed to online services for free. Today they announced their Premium tier which offers artists all of their royalties but at a monthly cost and is now the only way artists can send their music to all platforms through United Masters.

They have cut their Free offering so that artists can only distribute their music to Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud. To distribute to all other stores users will now have to pay for distribution, although that will allow them to keep 100% of their earnings.

Their United Masters SELECT offering requires a monthly payment of $5 to distribute to all major platforms. The payment must be paid for 12 months upfront, so it is actually $59.99 rather than on a month-to-month payment.

For free distribution forever to all of the world’s favourite streaming services, stores and more you can distribute your music to RouteNote.
We guarantee that we will never restrict our free distribution model.

Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist has been streamed for over 2.3 billion hours

Discover Weekly just celebrated its five year anniversary. Since launching in July 2015, Discover Weekly has been streamed for over 2.3 billion hours.

Discover Weekly is available for all Spotify users, every Monday bringing together a new collection of music tuned to your individual taste, helping audiences discover new artists, and artist find new fans. Discover Weekly has helped artists around the world promote their new music, such as R3HAB, Halsey, RAC, Khalid, MK and Alle Farben. Listeners are discovering new genres too “from EDM to grupera (a regional Mexican style), to indietronica and Lithuanian folk”.

Between July 2015 and 25 June 2020, Discover Weekly has been streamed over 2.3 billion hours. For reference, that’s:

  • 8.4 trillion seconds
  • 140 billion minutes
  • 2.3 billion hours
  • 97.3 million days
  • 13.9 million weeks
  • 266.5 thousand years

Spotify’s Workout tool creates a personalized playlist to your taste

Spotify’s Soundtrack Your Workout will generate the perfect workout playlist based on your personal tastes and quiz answers.

A lot of people are taking to working out from home or running, in lieu of gyms around the world being shut. These home workouts are being soundtracked by Spotify’s curated playlists or listener’s own playlists. In fact, according to Spotify, one million workout playlists have been created in the last two months alone. To save you some time finding the perfect tracks to accompany your workouts, Spotify have made a tool to keep you motivated at home.

The playlists combine your personal listening data and a quiz to create the perfect mix. You choose the length of typical workouts, whether you want music and/or podcasts, the sort of workout you do, who you’re working out with and one or two genres your after.

You’ll get different results every time you take the quiz, so you can create a different playlist for every day of the week.

Click here to create your playlist.

SoundCloud integrate Insights on the mobile app

SoundCloud bring enhanced analytics data to the main SoundCloud mobile app, giving creators one place to uploading and track performance.

Previously SoundCloud users needed to use the separate Pulse app to access audience data. Now SoundCloud are bringing all this data and more to the main SoundCloud app.

Insights on mobile let’s you see top individual listeners, top tracks, top cities, and an overview of your total plays by day, week, month or year allowing you to form connections with listeners.

Upgrade to Pro Unlimited for more data. See your top 50 listeners, cities, countries and tracks, as well as deeper audience analytics, Spotlight features, embed controls and the ability to replace tracks.

We’ve introduced Insights to the main SoundCloud app so you’ll have the tools you need to create, share and grow your career, all from the palm of your hand. With Insights joining uploading, track, Spotlight and profile editing as part of your mobile toolkit, you can streamline your workflow, strengthen your connections and make more informed decisions – all in one place.

SoundCloud Blog

Stats on desktop will also get enhanced Insights data in the coming months.

To view your insight data, click here on mobile, or on the app from your Profile, Library or More menu tap the Insights bar graph icon.

SiriusXM to buy Stitcher for 67x more than Deezer sold it for in 2016

Satellite radio broadcaster SiriusXM are set to buy podcast app Stitcher for approximately $300m, after it was sold to E.W Scripps by Deezer for $4.5m in 2016.

Stitcher provide over 100,000 audio news, sports and entertainment podcasts across devices, and even produce their own original podcasts such as Freakonomics Radio. Stitcher offer listener free and premium memberships.

Deezer acquired Stitcher in 2014 for an unknown amount. This brought 35,000 radio shows and podcasts to Deezer, but after less than two years Deezer sold off Stitcher to E.W Scripps for $4.5m in 2016.

E.W Scripps has since merged Stitcher with podcast advertising network Midroll Media. Midroll Media was acquired by E.W Scripps for $50m. This, as well as podcasts’ growth in the last four years, has lead to Stitcher become significantly more valuable, with 2019’s revenue at $73m.

It’s unclear how SiriusXM will integrate Stitcher into Pandora’s podcast services. The move is another step up of SiriusXM’s podcasting efforts. Just in the last month, they acquired Simplecast and added new creator features.

SiriusXM aren’t without tough competition, with Spotify reportedly spending around $700m on podcasting content in the last 18 months. This includes the acquition of Anchor FM, Gimlet Media and Parcast last year, as well as licensing exclusive podcasts The Ringer and The Joe Rogan Experience.