|Direct to Fans||No||Yes|
|MediaNet (150+ stores)||Yes||No|
- DistroKid covers most of the major places you want your music to be found. (with the exception of Shazam and Pandora)
- DistroKid is affordable. $19.99 for unlimited distribution per year of unlimited tracks is an awesome price for the active musician with a large catalog.
- DistroKid offers package deals if you would like to distribute more than one artist, then there are discounts. Very cool.
- When and if DistroKid ever adds Shazam, then they will be a better value in my eyes.
- DistroKid covers all of the popular, general distributors, but if you produce Electronic Dance Music you are missing out on some big time sites like Beatport, Djdownload.com and others. This may not be a negative if you do not produce EDM.
- Although it's an inexpensive subscription, some artists may just want to pay a one-time fee and upload their album. For the light hobbyist, producing and marketing more than an album a year is ambitious. Eventually subscriptions could eat up all of your royalties if you produce very little music. Symphonic, Loudr, Cdbaby and others may be better alternatives.
- As far as I can tell, DistroKid does not offer Publishing Administration services and are not partnering with any companies that offer this service. You can lose a lot of royalties for streaming and downloads without a Publishing Administrator. I will blog about that topic soon.