How To Sell Your Music On iTunes

Over the past couple of weeks I have been working hard on a project to get the music of an unsigned band for sale on iTunes and other digital music outlets whilst ensuring that the band are making the most money possible in the long term. iTunes and Spotify control approximately 80% of the digital music sales/streams. For a band, making your music available on these services is a huge step to take, the first stumbling block people come across in getting their music into these stores is, none of the digital retail stores will let you in directly, you will need to be signed to record label or use a digital music distributor to get in.

It is worth noting that when you upload a single to iTunes and the sale cost is €0.99, that Apple take a commission leaving about €0.70 for the artist. Depending on the digital music distributor you choose you could be losing up to another 15% to them.

The world of digital music distributors is confusing to say the least. So I have put all my findings into one easy to read table to help you figure out which distributor works best for your needs. I will look at: sign up costs, costs per album uploads, yearly fees, commission per sale, minimum sales for payments across the four digital music distributors I considered using: TuneCore, DistroKid, CDBaby and Ditto Music.

  TuneCore DistroKid CDBaby Ditto Music
Upfront cost per Album $22.99 $19.99 unlimited uploads $49 $35.00
Annual fee per Album $49.99 $19.99 unlimited uploads $0 $25.00
Upfront cost per Single $9.99 $19.99 unlimited uploads $12.95 $9.00
Annual fee per Single $9.99 $19.99 unlimited uploads $0 $8.00
UPC Bar Code FREE Free $20 for Album FREE
      $5 for Singles  
ISRC Code FREE Free FREE  FREE
Name your Label FREE Not on basic package FREE $41.25
Sales Percentage kept 0% 0% 9% 0%
Payment threshold $0 $10 $10 $25.00

 

Each of the four digital music distributors I looked at have good points and bad and there is plenty more options out there to choose from such as Mondotunes, JTV Digital, Zimbalam and ReverbNation. I chose to go with DistroKid because we had three albums to upload from a back catalogue and their sign up fee allows for unlimited uploads for a year although it has a maintenance fee of $19.99 per year i felt with no commission going to them that it will work out cheaper in the long run. I will keep you updated with a review on their service very soon. 

 

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Appy Monday – How to Redeem an iTunes Gift Voucher on an iPhone or iPad

I have had a few parents text me in the last few weeks asking how to redeem an iTunes gift voucher on an iPhone or iPads. Apparently there is a new trend in giving iTunes vouchers as communion and confirmation gifts

Step 1:  From your home screen open the App Store

Step 2: On the bottom left hand side, select the featured menu (the star icon)

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the page

Step 4: Tap on Redeem

Step 5: Sign in to your iTunes account.

Step 6: Choose how to redeem your voucher.

  1. Click on “Use Camera” point the camera at the gift card and follow on screen instructions; the code will automatically be redeemed
  2. Click “You can also enter your code manually” and enter the 16 digit iTunes voucher number. Tap Redeem on the top right corner. 

Step 7:  Your account will now be credited with the value of the voucher. You can use your credit to purchase all products from iTunes and the App Store. If an App or Album costs more than the credit on the account the credit card associated with the apple id in use will be charged the balance.

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