DistroKid Launches Much Cheaper TuneCore Alternative #SFMusicTech - hypebot

« The One Important Music Business Skill You REALLY Need To Learn | Main | #SFMusicTech XIII Roundup »

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Nelson

I'm pretty sure that no distributor is going to allow themselves to be called a label. As well getting your release into any digital system takes some work beyond a few clicks of a mouse. #justsayin

JTVDigital

After quickly looking at the service and interface:

The home page says 'Your music will be in stores today' which is impossible, any person working in the digital music business knows this perfectly.
After logging in you see this:
'It usually takes 1-3 days for your songs to appear in stores'
So here we are, no innovation here.

Maybe I missed it but where is the contract? terms of service? nothing apparently...

The interface is super-simple, yes even a 'kid' could use it BUT:
- where do people type in the (c) and (p) information?
- where do you enter the label name (if any)?
- it says you can upload a 1000x1000 artwork, but iTunes only accepts 1400x1400 at least...
- you can upload mp3, so terrible quality sounding tracks can be uploaded and be used as input for encoders and downgraded audio formats, not good at all

Don't want to bash here but looks like this service is an oversimplified one....

JTV Digital

After quickly looking at the service and interface:

The home page says 'Your music will be in stores today' which is impossible, any person working in the digital music business knows this perfectly.
After logging in you see this:
'It usually takes 1-3 days for your songs to appear in stores'
So here we are, no innovation here.

Maybe I missed it but where is the contract? terms of service? nothing apparently...

The interface is super-simple, yes even a 'kid' could use it BUT:
- where do people type in the (c) and (p) information?
- where do you enter the label name (if any)?
- it says you can upload a 1000x1000 artwork, but iTunes only accepts 1400x1400 at least...
- you can upload mp3, so terrible quality sounding tracks can be uploaded and be used as input for encoders and downgraded audio formats, not good at all

Don't want to bash here but looks like this service is an oversimplified one....

Mark Roberts / Stars & Letters Records

Also—and perhaps most importantly—there's no step which allows you to enter your Paypal email or any other method to get paid. Wrote to them to ask, no response.

Kevin Rivers

As a digital aggregator myself, I have to applaud and congratulate Kaplan for his work in launching DistroKid. He's doing something that every distributor SHOULD be focusing on: Simplification.

Artists/Labels shouldn't be boggle down with too much information to fill out when they're trying to deliver content. Creating a simple, easy-to-use interface is exactly what artists are searching for and are in need of. This is the future and where digital distributors are going to be heading (mark it!).

While Kaplan still has a long way to go (i.e. accounting/sales and creating a payment system), I believe hes definitely on the right track and I'm sure we'll be hearing from him soon.

Kevin Rivers
CEO, Venzo Digital

Steven

I tried them out and they immediately got my saxophone solo up at http://www.smarturl.it/sax

I agree with other posts... It would be really nice to know how we'll get paid :-)

Mike Baker

Um, launched without showing artists how they get paid? That seems like a miss to me. Call me when you get that sorted out, Phil...

Nelson

BTW There's a reason why it's called Intellectual Property as well as music.

Anon

Your theory of simplification is nice... if you're an artist not planning to do much with your music beyond "weekend warrior" status. And there are artists/musicians where that is exactly what they want. I'm in no way knocking that.

However, all these little "details" that may seem troublesome to the average music uploader are important details. Copyrights mean something. Who owns the Master recording and being able to let people know who owns what, how and/or why is not just a frivolous step in the distribution process. It can make the difference between an artist getting paid or not paid or credited or not credited for their artistic contribution.

It's not necessary for everyone, but is a vitally important step for the serious label, artist, producer and songwriter.

Peace.

Kevin Rivers

Hi Anon,

Simplifying the process is not a theory but a relative fact. I never said that details are not important (in fact I agree with you). However, while certain information like Copyrights, Roles, Labels, etc. are very important, it's even more important to automate those processes.

The internet is becoming more intelligent everyday with new languages and processes being created. As a result, there are new ways that can be explored to help the end-user accomplish a task with little to no effort.

I mean which would you rather choose? The ability to type in your Copyright Information on a blank text field? Or have your Copyright information already displayed for you with the option to edit it?

Kevin Rivers
CEO, Venzo Digital
www.venzodigital.com

The comments to this entry are closed.




SEARCH HYPEBOT

Musician & Music Industry Resources