Sales statistics for March 2020 now available

You can now view your Sales and Streaming Statistics for March 2020 on your account at

Log-in to see your earnings, with full breakdowns of your streams and sales across all stores and platforms in your Statistics page.
Payments will be made between now and the 20th if you have reached the $50 threshold.

If you have any questions or issues then please create a ticket or send an email to and our friendly support team will be happy to help.

Distrokid vs. RouteNote 2020 Comparison

Distrokid seemingly offer a standard yearly plan to get your music to stores and streaming services, but basic features offered by RouteNote are hidden behind extra fees.

For $19.99/year, Distrokid will send your music to stores and streaming services such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Tidal and YouTube.

They offer features such as ‘splits’ to share percentages of revenue, distribution of cover songs, Spotify and Apple Music verified artist pages, YouTube artist channel and Spotify pre-saves. All of these features and more are offered by RouteNote at no extra cost.

Distrokid Accounts
  • $19.99/yr
  • 1 artist/band name
  • Upload unlimited songs
  • Spotify verified checkmark
Musician Plus
  • $35.99/yr
  • All above, plus:
  • 2 artist/band names
  • Customizable label name
  • Customizable release date
  • Customizable preorder date
  • Customizable iTunes pricing
  • $79.99/yr
  • All above, plus:
  • 5-100 artist/band names

Before even visiting the site, Distrokid require a yearly payment be set up, with no free trial available. Because of this, additional feature pricing info is limited.

Hidden Fees

As stated in a previous article, many basic Distrokid features are priced on top of the base subscription.


All of these features and many more are offered by RouteNote for free, with no hidden fees or recurring cost. Artists keep 85% of revenue, or choose Premium Distribution to keep 100% of the revenue.

Asking for $19.99 upfront without clearly laying out the features and limitation is an unfair business model and unsustainable for small artists and labels.

Click here to sign up to RouteNote today for free.

Site Maintenance Planned 25th April, Website Will Be Down For 1 Hour

The RouteNote Website will be down for 1 hour this Saturday, 25th April at 5AM GMT – 6AM BST – 1AM EDT.

Apologies for any inconvenience this causes, the site should be up and running again by 6AM GMT.

A new record label has launched to help fund young songwriters through COVID-19

We’re thrilled to be part of a new initiative and brand new label helping young musicians in Cornwall to make and release music.

The new Kevrenna Records is a new, online label that has launched in response to the struggles coming from Coronavirus. We’re acutely aware of how badly the lockdown situation has hit musicians around the world with the live events industry entirely shut down and so it’s our pleasure to be involved with this fantastic new initiative.

The label has been set up by the Cornwall Music Education Hub and is focused on the young people in our county. The label is helping young musicians get creative with challenges which they hope will inspire them to write and release music with their help whilst on lockdown at home.

The Hub is helping musicians who are creating to connect with producers and players around the country who can add instruments, vocals and polish for a full collaborative song. Then once it’s all ready to be heard we at RouteNote will send the songs online to be heard the world around!

RouteNote founder and CEO, Steven Finch says: “It’s great to be involved with the new Kevrenna Records project. Music education and the use of music and songwriting as a tool of expression are very important and something which RouteNote is extremely happy to support.”

All of the profits from the streams and sales of the music goes back to the students and they can choose to redeem their earnings in vouchers form a bunch of partnered companies offering great music equipment and software like microphones from Sontronics, Steinberg, Allen & Heath, and more.

There also be masterclasses available to young musicians to support them in songwriting and producing their music as well as a host of other resources to help them take their music further whether by knowledge or by facilitating and spreading their music recordings.

Local Cornish musician and songwriter, Ryan Jones, has been helping Cornwall Music Education Hub to bring this project to fruition. He says: “As I’m sure you can imagine, getting this platform designed so quickly has been a challenge.

“The site is still in the fairly early stages of development but we have decided to launch it as soon as possible so students can continue to access the high quality support of the Hub. I am also working on a community version of the project which will be launched very soon.”

If you are a writer or music professional and are interested in contributing content to the master tapes archives, or supporting the project then please get in touch with Ryan at Kevrenna

If you are a teacher and want to use the platform for homework assignments then please email.  Students (or parent/carers for students under 18) wanting to get involved should visit and start your project!

Sales statistics for February 2020 now available

You can now view your Sales and Streaming Statistics for February 2020 on your account at

Log-in to see your earnings, with full breakdowns of your streams and sales across all stores and platforms in your Statistics page.

If you have any questions or issues then please create a ticket or send an email to and our friendly support team will be happy to help.

CD Baby vs. RouteNote 2020 Comparison

CD Baby and RouteNote offer worldwide digital releases of your music to many of the same top stores such as Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, Amazon, Pandora, YouTube and Deezer, however CD Baby can be very costly for both small and developed artists.

Other features CD Baby advertise include YouTube Monetization and promotional tools (such as Spotify Pre-Saves). Click the links to see how RouteNote can offer these features too. Additionally RouteNote work directly with SoundCloud to help users monetize their content. CD Baby do not offer this feature.


RouteNote deliver to many of the same stores CD Baby work with, plus some extra such as:

  • eMusic
  • Gracenote
  • Kanjian
  • Melon
  • Bugs!
  • Vibe
  • Naver
CD Baby
  • Single from $9.95
  • Album from $29
  • Artists keep 91%

UPCs (required for every release):

  • $5 per single
  • $20 per album


  • $0.00 – Zero upfront fees or recurring costs
  • Artists keep 85%


  • Single – $10
  • EP – $20
  • Album – $30
  • Extended Album – $45
  • $9.99 annually
  • Artist keep 100%


  • $0.00 – Unlimited UPCs for free

RouteNote is better value for money in almost every instance. Taking a 9% cut on top of fees is unsustainable for small and large artists alike.

What is music distribution software?

Music distribution is the process of getting your music from your computer to stores and streaming services. Many companies offer this service, but they vary based on store choice, promotional features, additional tools, support and cost. RouteNote offer the best combination of tools at an unbeatable price.

  • Spotify
  • YouTube Music
  • iTunes
  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • Tidal
  • Google Play Music
  • Claro música
  • eMusic
  • Napster
  • Nuuday
  • Anghami
  • Gracenote
  • Kanjian
  • Pandora
  • Melon
  • iHeartRadio
  • 7digital
  • JioSaavn
  • Bugs!
  • AWA
  • YG
  • Netease
  • Tencent
  • Kuack Media
Promotional Features (
  • Fanlinks – Fanlinks allow you to share one URL to your music, that links to all stores.
  • Pre-Saves – Pre-Saves give fans the ability to save your music to their library before it’s released.
  • Content Unlocks – Content Unlocks make it possible to reward your fans for social actions.
Additional Tools:
  • YouTube Content ID – When you upload your music to the Content ID system, it’ll scour their site for instances of your music in videos, allowing you to collect ad revenue.
  • Facebook – Facebook will search for instances of your music in videos, allowing you to collect ad revenue.
  • SoundCloud Monetization – Monetization on SoundCloud allows you to earn ad revenue for your music on SoundCloud.
  • Instagram – Distributing your music to Instagram allows it to show up in Instagram Stories.
  • TikTok – Adding your music to TikTok will allow it to be used in TikTok videos.
  • Flexible – You always keep full control of where and how your music is used. Freely move between pricing models or have you music taken down from stores altogether.
  • Simple interface – All of these tools are easily manageable on one platform.
  • Statistics – Monthly track-by-track, store-by-store, country-by-country breakdown of your earnings.
  • Thorough moderation – Our moderation team hand check every release to ensure it meets the high standards set by our partner stores and making any necessary tweaks.
  • Speedy support – Our support team aim to answer any queries in 1-3 working days:

  • Free – All features above are available to all users. No recurring cost or fees. Artist keeps 85% of the revenue generated.
  • Premium – Artist keeps 100% of the revenue generated. Singles – $10, EP – $20, Album – $30, Extended Album – $45. $9.99 annually.

How much money does a play make on music streaming services? (2020)

How much a single play earns on music streaming services depends on a great deal. Here’s a rough guide to streaming royalties in 2020.

A single stream of a track can be worth a very different amount depending on a lot of factors like; what service was it played on, which country the listener is in, whether they’ve paid to listen or are using an ad-supported service – and even more.

As such we can’t say exactly what each store pays out per stream but we can take a close estimate at what you’re likely to get for each play of a song.













Amuse vs. RouteNote 2020 Comparison

While like RouteNote, Amuse offer free music distribution, many of the features we offer for free are behind their paid Pro model.

Amuse Music Distribution offer features designed for independent artists much like RouteNote.

On Amuse, with no upfront, you can get your music on the following stores:

  • Spotify
  • iTunes/Apple Music
  • Google Music
  • YouTube Music
  • Deezer
  • Tidal
  • Amazon
  • Napster
  • Claro Música
  • Shazam

If you subscribe to their Pro model for $7.99/month, this unlocks the following stores:

  • SoundCloud
  • Anghami
  • TikTok
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube Content ID

We at RouteNote want to offer as many features as possible to all of our artists at no extra cost. With RouteNote, you can get your music on all of the stores mentioned above (free and ‘Pro’) and many more designed to maximise your music across the globe (with many Asian specific stores and streaming services), all for free.

Other features offered by Amuse Pro include:

  • Fast lane releases (10 days)
  • Fast lane support
  • Multiple artist profiles
  • Automatic royalty splits

Again, RouteNote offer all of these features by default for free. Our moderations times are usually around one week (we are currently slightly delayed due to COVID-19). Our support times are usually around 1-3 days. You can upload as many artists as you like with RouteNote and stores will create individual artist profiles for each (which makes us ideal for labels). We offer a free and easy royalty split tool for all artists and labels.

To get started, sign up and upload your music to RouteNote today.

RouteNote Coronavirus Update: Services will continue as usual

Hello RouteNote users,

We wanted to reach out and let you know what’s happening at RouteNote as there are lots of questions surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic currently.

First of all, we will be continuing operations as usual and you will still be able to release all of your music as always. There may be a slight delay in how quickly we can respond sometimes but we want to assure you that RouteNote is still up and running and you can carry on releasing your music on all of your favourite stores during the current situation, as usual.

Our team are still dedicated to getting your music online and our support team are there for any issues or questions that you have at

Secondly, we appreciate any concern about our wellbeing within the team. You care about us like we care about you and we want to assure you that we’ve done everything we can to ensure that the whole team are healthy, happy and able to respond to these events without impacting on our ability to keep giving you the services you use and love.

Lastly, we know how difficult the coming months may be for many musicians. Gig cancellations are already having a big impact on artists and performers worldwide.

There are many resources out there to help you through and you should seek out the advice of officials local to you. We have a post with a little guidance on reacting as an artist to the next few months:

It is our pleasure to work with all of you and your music and we care about your wellbeing. So keep your ears open to what governments and health experts are saying and stay safe out there.

The wonderful power of music will keep us all connected and entertained around the world. And hey; self-isolating sounds like the perfect time to pick up the keyboard, plug in the guitar, load up some software and create some sweet new music!

The music community is a wonderful thing and we will all stay together through this.


The RouteNote team