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DistroKid Links With Audible Magic To Verify Music Authenticity, Launches DistroLock

DistoKid logoDistroKid has joined a growing list of music distributors and services using Audible Magic to fight unauthorized content by verifying the authenticity of both tracks and artists before it is distributed.

CD Baby and The Orchard, both of whom have been tagged by Spotify and Apple Music as preferred partners because of the accuracy of their uploads, also use Audible Magic as part of their new music onboarding and verification process. Soundcloud, RedEye, INgrooves, Facebook, Tick Tok and Twitch are among Audible Magic's clients.

When a song is uploaded to DistroKid or other services that use Audible Magic, RightsRxTM checks its comprehensive registry of over 20 million media assets to ensure the artist-uploaded content is conflict-free before distribution to streaming services.image from thumbor.forbes.comAudible Magic’s Broad Spectrum

DistroKid is also the first distributor to implement Audible Magic’s Broad Spectrum tool. An extension of Audible Magic’s ContentID service, Broad Spectrum can uniquely identify extreme manipulations of rate, pitch and tempo using small audio clips. DistroKid received a strategic investment from Spotify last year. 

DistroKid Launches DistroLock

DistroKid has also launched DistroLock, a free service that allows any artist to upload and register their unreleased audio files through the platform, which will encode a unique audio fingerprint and add it to Audible Magic’s registry. DistroKid developed this platform with Audible Magic’s insights as an industry-wide solution that will request to block the unauthorized release of an artist’s music (or “leaks”) from appearing on streaming services and social platforms. DistroLock also includes an API that will allow other distributors and streaming services to easily validate the authenticity of music uploaded to their respective platforms before making it available to the public.

“Until now, there hasn’t been a definitive way for artists to say, ‘this is my audio, don’t let anyone else release it,’” said DistroKid chief executive officer Philip Kaplan. “With the launch of DistroLock, any musician can preemptively register their  audio to help ensure that unauthorized releases don’t see the light of day. This partnership with Audible Magic and the creation of DistroLock will help artists by ensuring that their original content is uploaded and distributed fairly, with accuracy and speed.”

“In this day and age, it’s imperative for artists everywhere to register their content to not only claim ownership, avoiding impersonators, but to also ensure that they are being accurately credited and compensated,” said Vance Ikezoye, president and chief executive officer at Audible Magic.

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