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Publishing Your Digital Music Online Using DistroKid


A Brief History

The first time I wanted to publish some music online, it was around the year 2012. I had a look at a number of companies offering suitable services, such as CD Baby and ReverbNation, but they all seemed to be fairly expensive, particularly because they charged a certain amount for every single track.

Then I heard that Fandalism was starting its own distribution service. They said they would publish any number of tracks for one fairly low yearly fee! Not only that, but you would get 100% of the royalties / earnings — whereas the more expensive alternatives were taking a percentage as a commission!

At the time, it seemed too good to be true, but I did some checking, and it was the real deal — so I signed up!

Some time later, the name changed to DistroKid, and they now publish to more stores, and offer a few optional extras. But the service and value have always remained the same.

I’ve never had any problems with them. Their service is simple and reliable — they just do what they promise to do.

If you want to publish your music using DistroKid, you can get a 7% discount by using this link:


The DistroKid Website

The website feels fairly basic, but I like that. It lets you view the status of your songs, and which stores they’re listed in. There are also screens which show how much money each song has earned from each store etc. It can take quite a long time for all the store info to filter through, but that’s not something that concerns me personally.

DistroKid Website
DistroKid website, showing where songs are published

Publishing A New Song

After signing up for for a DistroKid account, you’ll probably be eager to click the ‘Upload’ button. But to avoid frustration, it’s best to make sure you’ve got everything you need first, including:

  1. Song Title (with the proper capitalisation)
  2. Artwork (should be a 3000 x 3000 jpg file)
  3. Primary and secondary genres (see below)
  4. Audio File (in WAV, WMA, M4A, FLAC, MP3 or CDDA — I prefer to use WAV)
  5. Songwriter names

(With instrumental music, I sometimes find it hard to decide on a genre.)

List of Genres

Alternative, Big Band, Blues, Children’s Music, Christian/Gospel, Classical, Comedy, Country, Dance, Electronic, Fitness & Workout, Folk, French Pop, German Folk, German Pop, Hip Hop/Rap, Holiday, J-Pop, Jazz, K-Pop, Latin, Latin Urban, Metal, New Age, Pop, Punk, R&B/Soul, Reggae, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soundtrack, Spoken Word, Vocal, World.

The Upload Page

Here is a series of screen-shots showing the entire upload page. There’s a lot to fill in, and it can seem a bit daunting, but once you’ve got all the information to hand, it’s just a case of steadily working through from start to end.

DistroKid Upload Music Page 1/5
DistroKid Upload Music Page 1/5 – I always opt for all available stores
DistroKid Upload Music Page 2/5
DistroKid Upload Music Page 2/5 – make sure you have your artwork to hand and have decide on the genre
DistroKid Upload Music Page 3/5
DistroKid Upload Music Page 3/5 – lyrics and audio file. I prefer to use WAV format

Towards the end, there are some optional extras, which I’ve not used so far. So I just skip over this bit.

DistroKid Upload Music Page 4/5
DistroKid Upload Music Page 4/5 – optional extras

The final part has a few check boxes, which are pretty-much common sense.

DistroKid Upload Music Page 5/5
DistroKid Upload Music Page 5/5 – final steps

After clicking Done, there is a waiting period while things get published. It varies from store to store, with many taking a few days, and some taking a week or two.

You get emails telling you when things have gone live in each store, such as the one shown below.

DistroKid Spotify Email
DistroKid email, notifying about a track being published to Spotify

Final Notes

There are quite a few alternatives to DistroKid now. But I trust them, they’ve never let me down, and they seem to offer the right mix of features for a reasonable price.

Don’t forget you can get a 7% discount when you sign up to DistroKid by using this link below:


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