Fandalism, TuneCore And CD Baby All Change Pricing Models For Aggregation Services

Getting your music aggregated to the various online music services is a necessary and pricy part of making music. Thankfully,  it is getting cheaper as these services have made it easier and more affordable to get your music distributed. This week brought us a few big changes in this world, including the following:

  • Fandalism – While this service is mostly known for being a fantastic (no pun intended) service that helps musicians to find each other,  they are now offering affordable aggregation services. You can upload 1 song for free after becoming a member of the service or for $19.99 a year you can upload to iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. While this doesn’t get your music on many of the major services out there, it is noticeably cheaper than many other services.
  • TuneCore – TuneCore have lowered their prices for their service. To upload an album it is now $29.99 and the old price of $49.99 per year for each year after that.
  • CD Baby – CD Baby has been kind enough to drop their cut to 9% for sales within their store down from the old 25% cut.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Charlie Cheney

    Why haven’t you mentioned OneRPM? Are they out of business or something? Umm. No.

  • Jesse Cannon

    Numerous other aggregation services weren’t mentioned, since this is an article on pricing changes, not which services are out there.. We’ve covered OneRPM before and they appear in our book.

  • Andy Mort

    I must say i prefer a one off payment system that then takes a cut. I’ve found CD Baby a lot easier to deal with than TuneCore. I don’t have any experiences of others, but with multiple releases having to fork out the best part of $200 a year never feels as nice as paying up front and then the only other dealings being them putting money in MY bank account. it’s pretty much just a psychological issue for me.

  • Andy Mort

    PS OneRPM looks good for this.