It has been widely known that Distrokid have additional fees that they don’t like to publicise. Here is a quick run down of those fees.
These hidden fees rapid increase their distribution fees to a point where they are more expensive then a lot of other options on the market, including RouteNote Premium.
Shazam & iPhone Siri: $0.99 per song/year
Make it easy for people to identify this single if they hear it playing on radio/tv, in stores, restaurants, parties, etc.
Store Maximizer: $7.95 per album/year
DistroKid will automatically deliver this single to new online stores and streaming services as we add them. Which is often. We’ll give you notice before adding.
YouTube Money: $4.95 per single/year, $14.95 per album/year, + 20% of YouTube ad revenue (Run by another company and no control)
Get notified & paid if your music is ever used in any YouTube videos. We’ll add this single to YouTube’s Content ID database, and continually scan for matches. When your music is detected in any YouTube video, you’ll be notified—and ad revenue will automatically go to you, instead of to the person who uploaded the video.
Leave a Legacy: $29.00 per single, $49.00 per album of 2+ tracks (nonrecurring fee)
DistroKid will never delete your release from stores due to a lapsed DistroKid membership, even if you die. You can always choose to delete it any time—or not. You will continue to accrue 100% of royalties, as normal, forever. Leave your legacy for future generations.