Ditto Music: Get Your Music On iTunes In 24 Hours

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Digital music distributor Ditto Music has announced that they can now get your songs on iTunes in 24 hours.  This should help artists better coordinate their album release strategy, with company turnaround, instead of risking getting the math wrong.

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  1. I always prefer tunecore over these guys, don’t know just something about them, but every time i see another upgrade they make, it does make me wonder.

  2. We work as a distributor for IODA and can get iTunes releases up the same day. Not every time, but 24 hours is the norm. If we publish before 10amPST it will be up typically that same afternoon/night.
    i guess it is about who wants to brag about it though…and how ready the client is with their digital assets.

  3. Right Diego. Thanks for reminding me.
    – it’s payday
    Time to withdraw my Tunecore cash.
    I’ve been with Tunecore ever since they went on line and have been extremely happy with their service. I have never felt an urge to change. Ditto is good for getting on Spotify should you want that service.

  4. While I do congratulate Ditto Music for their accomplishment, this isn’t a new deal. iTunes new content system is updating for every distributor. We too have the ability to get content placed on iTunes within 24 hours and we give selected artist & labels DIRECT access to iTunes!
    Max Miller
    VP, Venzo Music (VMG)

  5. Ah, the Tunecore / Ditto debate. I am still on Tunecore but i use Ditto also as they offer so many stores that Tunecore don’t.
    Both have their good points, its what works best for you

  6. there is no way they can get anything up in iTunes in 24 hours. there is just no way. it’s not possible.
    artists: don’t fall for the scam.

  7. still reading comments here…and noticed…
    nobody has yet to say anything about insuring metadata health and rights. the best distributors are the ones who focus on those two issues. speed is not the issue if you can employ strategy. speed of delivery to retail is not a problem anymore, so please, stop trying to solve it. the real issue is metadata, and the many rights disputes that plague distributors.

  8. Hi Corey
    Thanks for the feedback.
    We are actually getting artists live in under 24 hours that is for certain, sometimes just minutes. We say 24 hours to make sure there is enough time for any data changes.
    It was actually a massive issue for our artists. We had so many world cup songs released over the summer that took the standard 4/5 weeks to get on to iTunes, which for some artists ( depending on their country ) was the length of their world cup!
    Now any artist can be live on iTunes through Ditto Music in just 24 hours and this is great news for artists selling on iTunes pre-release.
    If you still want to have 4 weeks from upload to relese date you can, and you can also have the itunes pre-order option set up for you , by Ditto , free of charge!
    And don’t forget we also make artists chart eligible, so this will have massive repercussions.
    My brother and I who run Ditto were releasing music ourselves before we started Ditto Music. It took us so long to sort our label, distribution out that by the time we released the song our fan-base had dwindled and what could have been a top 40 single, stalled at number 80.
    We wanted it to be possible for any artists to release a chart eligible song, on their own label within 24 hours. And now they can.
    If anyone has any questions regarding iTunes 24 hour service, chart eligibility or releasing music in general feel free to hit me up with any questions.

  9. God. This is bottom of the barrel stuff.
    Maybe that guy from New Music Seminar is right.

  10. Yes, this is certainly bottom of the barrel stuff. Its not like you’re the person in charge of distribution for Michael Jackson’s music, he just died and oh snap, you need to get all his stuff on iTunes yesterday. Yes 24 hours is nice, but you are supposed to have a marketing/release/distribution strategy that started at least three months ago. iTunes is not a physical retailer. They don’t ship you returns of stuff they haven’t sold, so you have your songs ready to go, you distibute to iTunes and you start your marketing plan once you’re on. Why do you need 24 hour service? Any one falling over this is the type of clutterer that Tom Silverman was talking about, just clogging up the system.

  11. Hi Jay / Marc
    It is funny you mention Michael Jackson. One of our artists Mick Jackson who was the original writer and singer of “Blame It On The Boogie” ( please feel free to google ) was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary going out in 7 days, so needed his music live within that time.
    And luckily we were able to help him set up a label , become chart eligible and on sale in iTunes in just 3 days, with plenty of time to cash in on the TV opportunity.
    OF course artists can still release in 4-8 weeks if they wish, but sometimes they need it online much quicker, so why not update our times so this is possible for everyone?
    What is great now is that if you do release in 4 weeks, we can make you available on iTunes pre release ( free of charge ) in 24 hours. So while you are doing your marketing , fans are able to pre order your track.
    We have had 7 UK top 40 singles, all with unsigned artists , and this was using Pre release, SMS downloading, bundling and loads of other great services which are ALL available to unsigned artists through Ditto.
    I agree with some of Tommy’s criticism. It isn’t enough simply to put music in stores. That is why we help promote, we claim back artits PRS royalties for gigs, radio and TV , we help sync music and we help you set up a record label.
    These are all tools that unsigned deserve to have available to them, so we will keep working to make sure that they do

  12. @Corey, your comments are very confusing. I think you need to find a point and stick to it. 1st you say there’s no way that they can get anything in itunes within 24hrs (which other distributors above you say IS possible. Then you follow your own reply by saying “speed of delivery to retail is not a problem anymore…stop trying to solve it.” – PLEASE SPEAK FOR YOURSELF.
    Anyway, the reason (I’d guess) that they are advertising this feature is because most people don’t want to wait 6 weeks for their music to get on itunes. The 24hr turn around is actually what caught my attention. Also, for all of the other distr. who are saying that they have that option as well, what are you doing with the option. Are you giving customers 24hr turn around (if so, let us know). I was ready to sign up with Tunecore until I read this, but now I’m not too sure.

  13. This 24 live system is being trialed by iTunes at the moment. It has nothing to do with Ditto being special.
    RouteNote also has this option, but unlike other distributors we offer a FREE and PREMIUM option to artists.
    Free option means artists keep 90% of the revenues.
    Premium option means artists pay small upfront fee (NOT SUBSCRIPTION, just ONE TIME FEE) and keep 100% of the revenues.

  14. Avoid Ditto Music at all costs!
    Ditto music advertised they would release my album to “over 200 stores” within “4-5 weeks”. It has been FOUR MONTHS, and so far it is only on iTunes (and that took 6 weeks). It also appears on 4 other stores, but Ditto messed up the track names, so the wrong track plays when you click the one you expect.
    I paid £55.00 for this + £24.00 a year subscription. Their Co-Founder has refused my request to cancel the release and release it again with the correct track names, because it would cost him a few pounds. Instead I have waited 4 months while they apparently chase the corrections with 200 stores (actually 5).
    Even more astonishingly, they are also refusing to pay me the small royalties I did earn during the limited time they put my album up on iTunes with wrong track names before I cancelled in disgust, because these earnings were ‘below their payment threshold’. Of course they were! Their delays and mistakes were the cause of that. How unfair and ironic that they then refuse to pay me what little they did generate with my membership fee. So now I have lost my membership fee + subscription + any royalties too!
    I wish I had never heard of Ditto Music. Their bad reputation is well earned. I have reported them to Trading Standards and the Insolvency Service’s Companies Investigation Branch. I am pushing for the maximum fine, as they have scuppered my album launch that i worked years towards, completely ruining the creative process for me and losing me many potential sales.
    I have told Ditto that if they do the right thing and refund me for a service I did not receive, that I will remove these comments. Instead they threatened me with libel action, but unfortunately they do not seem to understand libel law, as something is only libelous if it is not true. I maintain my offer that if Ditto refund my membership fee for their failure to successfully launch my album onto the stated services after four months, plus the small royalties I did earn from the limited time my album was up with incorrect track names, before I cancelled my membership with them in disgust, then I will remove these non-libellous, factual comments.

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