Digital Music Distributors Compared: RouteNote Vs TuneCore Vs CD Baby and Others

At RouteNote we pride ourselves on being able to offer the best deals for artists who want to get their music out for sale and on streaming services. It can be difficult when you’re starting out, especially if you have to pay to be heard.

Our free tier means that you can upload your music and get it on stores without spending ANYTHING. We also offer a premium tier that allows artists to pay a small fee and keep 100% of all profits, a great option for when your music career is kicking off.

How do we compare to the other distributors though? Lets take a look:

Singles

RouteNote Free RouteNote Premium TuneCore CD Baby EmuBands Zimbalam Ditto
Upfront Cost Free $10 $9.99 $9.95 $42.50 $19.99 $9
Annual Cost After First Year Free $9.99 $9.99 N/A N/A N/A $9
Sales Percentage 85% 100% 100% 91% 100% 90% 100%

Albums

RouteNote Free RouteNote Premium TuneCore CD Baby EmuBands Zimbalam Ditto
Upfront Cost Free $30 $29.99 $49 $84.95 $29.99 $30
Annual Cost After First Year Free $9.99 $49.99 N/A N/A N/A $30
Sales Percentage 85% 100% 100% 91% 100% 90% 100%

Note: These graphs are based on tiers that sell on digital stores and streaming services. Some of these companies have other tiers offering more/less at different pricing.


You can distribute your music to all the biggest stores and streamers including Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, and many more.

Head to www.routenote.com and sign up today to release your music for free or optionally pay and keep all your profits. Both our platforms work on a no lock-in basis so you can leave or switch tiers whenever you want

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4 comments

    Hello Tico,

    It depends what you mean by registering songs?

    Also you can if you would like however you cannot upload the same release to both services only separate releases.

    Does routenote give verified artist badge on sportify and as well give artist channel on youtube like ditto?

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