Online Digital Marketing
Everything You Need to Sell & Stream Your Media Online
Sell your recordings and audiobooks on sites like iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, CDBaby, Amazon, and many more. (Audiobooks are sold as downloads on CDBaby and streaming-audio on many sites.) For a one-time fee of just $99 per CD or book, we'll upload your sound files and graphics, complete all standard & metadata information that's needed, and purchase a unique UPC code for your product. Your customers can buy complete albums or individual tracks.
You will receive 80% of the retail sales for music and audiobook downloads & 60% for streaming-audio books. Once set up, we’ll send you a web link that your customers can click on to purchase your online recording. We'll take care of everything else for you. (Minimum payment of $20. Payment will be sent each month.)
(NOTE: We are a faith-based, family-oriented company.
Therefore, we do not market any audio products that have explicit material.)
Here’s what you’ll need to properly distribute your media worldwide
An artist's name: This is the name you release music under. It could be your given name, a band name, or a moniker. If you’re releasing music for the first time, Google your artist name to make sure it’s not already being used by another group or artist.
Any other primary or featured artists: This info will be included in the metadata sent to digital music platforms, and help your music reach those other artists’ audiences.
• Primary artists are the main artists on a recording. Often there is only one primary artist (for example: Ed Sheeran), but occasionally music is released with multiple primary artists listed. This is done when two or more artists that do not
usually work together collaborate on an album or single (for example: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss). Multiple primary artists for a release are also referred to as “compound artists.”
• Collaborators who DO work together on an ongoing basis can enter their “band name” as a single primary artist (for instance, “Brooks & Dunn” or “Simon & Garfunkel”).
• “Featuring” artists are those who collaborate on specific tracks, but who should not receive primary artist billing for the release.
The song titles: Because songs need titles, just like babies need names.
The album title: Your name for this collection of songs.
The songwriter & publisher info for each song: In order to ensure that digital music services are paying publishing royalties properly and that all songs are correctly licensed, you will need to provide:
• the names of the songwriters for each track (including cover songs)
• the names of those songwriters’ publishers (if applicable)
• the “splits” for each songwriter (the percentage of a song that each songwriter owns)
Additional metadata: Digital music services like Spotify and Apple Music need to know if your recording is a live version, a cover song, or in the Public Domain.
High-quality audio: 16-bit WAV or FLAC is ideal (in stereo, at 44.1kHz sample rate). We do not accept MP3s files. If your sound files are not formatted properly, we can format and master them for $9.95 each. (We have voiceover talent and recording facilities if you need your audiobook recorded.)
Cover artwork: Must meet these requirements:
• 1400 x 1400 pixels minimum; 3000 x 3000 pixels maximum
• PNG, GIF, JPG, or JPEG file type
• 72 - 300dpi (300dpi is the best)
• Less than 25mb
• RGB color scheme (not CMYK)
UPC code: This a product identifier code that differentiates your music in the marketplace and aids in proper tracking and accounting. This is included in the $99 setup fee.
ISRC codes: These are rack identifier codes, essential for proper tracking of activity and payments in the digital music world. We will assign them when we set up your album. This is also included in the $99 setup fee.
The release date: When do you want your music to drop? You get to set the date that your new release becomes available.
Descriptions of your music: To describe your music, what it sounds like, and who it’s for, compile the following things:
• Written blurb about your music
• Genre designations
• Suggested moods
• Sounds-like artists (also sometimes referred to as RIYL or “Recommended If You Like”).
This information will be useful for both distribution AND promotion.
Your label and copyright information: If you funded your recording or created your music on your own, YOU are the label and copyright owner. If another person is claiming ownership of the sound recording, they should be listed as the label and copyright owner.