Answering the most common questions asked about RouteNote

What is RouteNote? Is RouteNote really free? Is RouteNote safe? How long does RouteNote take to upload? We answer the most Googled questions.

Google RouteNote and the top four questions are as above. This article clears up the most common questions people have about RouteNote. Starting at the bottom:

What is RouteNote?

RouteNote are a leading music distribution company, providing independent artists and labels with the tools they need to share their music and earn revenue on all of the world’s largest online music stores, streaming services and social media platforms.

Is RouteNote really free?

Yep! For absolutely no money, we can help you distribute your music online. Our Free Distribution model has zero fees or recurring costs, while artists keep 85% of the revenue. Our Premium Distribution model costs a small fee upfront and annual payment, while the artists keep 100% of the revenue.

Is RouteNote safe?

Yes! We don’t require any personal details when you sign up to RouteNote, just a username, email address and password. As there are no unfront costs with Free releases, you don’t need to input any payment details. For Premium releases or should you decide to switch from Free to Premium, payment is securely managed via PayPal or Stripe. Once your release starts earning revenue, you can link a PayPal or bank account to your RouteNote profile to transfer funds.

How long does RouteNote take to upload?

RouteNote moderation times vary, but we usually aim to check and fix any issues with your release in around 72 hours. Once your release has been approved, presuming you haven’t sent a sales start date, our stores will get your release live in 48 hours to 2 weeks. Our larger stores such as Spotify and Apple Music will normally upload your release within 5 days of approval.

If you have any more questions, please see our Support Hub for answers to all of the most commonly asked questions or drop a message to our support team.

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    Hello, it can take up to a week in busy periods. Please make sure to check your discography page within your RouteNote account to see if any action is needed on your releases.

    If you’ve uploaded your music on our Free tier then it will be free for as long as you keep your music live. If you’ve paid for a Premium release it will cost £9.99 a year to renew your release on Premium no matter whether it’s a single, EP, Album, or Extended Album. If you don’t have a payment profile linked to your account then your release will be automatically moved on to our Free tier so that it isn’t removed from sale.

    Is it possible to upload the songs to different platforms with different custom descriptions via RouteNote? For instance, if I want my song on Youtube with description “a” and on Soundcloud/Bandcamp with descrption “b”.

    Hi Anh, we accept .mp3 and .flac but not .wav files. Your audio must be formatted in stereo as a FLAC or MP3 file, it has to be a minimum of 320kbps and the sample rate should be 44.1kHz. You can upload 15 tracks per session (you can come back here at any stage of the upload process to add more tracks). If you’re still having any trouble after ensuring your audio file hits these requirements then please let us know at


    RouteNote can only accept MP3 files with a sample rate of 44.1khz. The bitrate of the MP3 can be anything above 192kbps, however, we recommend users to use 320kbps for the highest quality

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