DistroKid See all 13 articles

  • DistroKid Goodies: Beyond Distribution

    DistroKid is well-known for being the world's fastest & easiest way to get your music into streaming services & collect 100% of earnings.

    But DistroKid members also have access to a ton of (mostly free! đźŽ‰) tools & services that we think you'll love!

    Sign into to DistroKid and click "Goodies" at the top of the screen - and read more below.

    Promote Yourself

    • HyperFollow - One link to rule them all! HyperFollow is a free and easy way to make pages that showcase your music, videos, social media links, and more.

    • Mini Videos - Free, short customized videos to post on social media.

    • Promo Cards - Dozens of free, instantly customized images you can use to promote your new releases online.

    • Upstream - Upstream is DistroKid's optional (and free) matchmaking service that helps artists & record labels find each other. If you join and a label loves you, they'll contact you directly. There's no obligation to sign a record deal. Opting into Upstream does not take any rights, royalties or percentages from artists—and you can leave any time.

    Special Access

    • Spotify for Artists Instant Access - Spotify for Artists helps artists get the most out of Spotify. Manage your artist profile, learn about your listeners, and share feedback with the Spotify team.

    • Apple Music for Artists Instant Access - Apple Music for Artists will help you better understand the impact of your music across Apple Music and iTunes. Identify music milestones and all-time bests. Find out who your listeners are and where they're located. Upload your public artist image and bio.

    • YouTube Official Artist Channel ("OAC") - Official Artist Channels are designed to help artists and their teams get the most out of YouTube. Upgrade your channel today to gain access to analytics and tools that will help you engage with millions of fans and better manage your presence on the platform.

    • Audiomack Connect - Connect to your Audiomack account and upload music directly from DistroKid. To learn more about uploading to Audiomack, visit our FAQ.

    • Twitch - Apply for Twitch's incubator program that helps artists grow and earn money directly from fans on Twitch.

    • Tidal Artist Payments - If a fan on TIDAL’s HiFi Plus tier loves you SO MUCH that you’re their most-listened-to artist, you’ll receive up to 10% of their subscriber fees. Learn more on Tidal's website.

    Enhance Your Music

    • Lyrics - Add your lyrics to streaming services & search engines. Once you have added plain lyrics, you can also add time-synced lyrics for Instagram, Spotify, Apple Music and more!

    • Credits & Liner Notes - Deliver credits for songwriters, producers, musicians, engineers, and more.

    • Dave - Dave is our automated A.I. bot who will analyze your music. Give him a try! 

    Helpful When Needed

    • Mapping Updates - Streaming services sometimes group artists together who have the same (or similar) names, or create a new artist page instead of using your existing page. Good news is, we built a thing to help out with this exact problem!

    • Spotify URI Looker Upper - Find your Spotify Artist/Album/Track URI

    • Apple ID Looker Upper - Grab your Apple Artist/Album/Track ID for any releases you have uploaded.

    • YouTube Allowlist -  If you opted into YouTube Content ID but want to remove claims from any specific video(s), you can add to the Allowlist here.

    Get Heard Now

    Protect Your Music

    • DistroLock - Protect your music from unauthorized release.

    • Vault - Free, unlimited backups of everything you have ever uploaded to DistroKid. Includes audio files, artwork, UPC, ISRS(s) and more.

    DistroKid is always churning out fun & useful new features for DistroKid members, so be sure to check the "Goodies" menu often!

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  • What is DistroKid?

    DistroKid is a digital music distribution service that musicians use to put music into online stores & streaming services. These include iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon, Deezer, Tidal, and many more

    DistroKid collects earnings & payments, and sends 100% of these earnings to artists, minus banking fees/applicable taxes. 

    Some of the many benefits you’ll find at DistroKid:

    • Automatic revenue splits - just tell us who to pay, and how much to pay them. We’ll do the rest.
    • HyperFollow - you’ll have a pre-save marketing page within minutes of uploading your music. Once your release goes live on all streaming services, we’ll add links to the same page automatically.
    • Lyrics support - add lyrics to your songs, and we’ll send them to services for you.
    • Global timed release dates - your release will go live at the exact same time everywhere on Spotify
    • And more - click “Goodies” to see them all once you've signed up!


    Click here to sign up.

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  • How Much Does It Cost?

    DistroKid offers multiple plans, ranging from a singles artist/band plan, to Label plans for up to 100 artists.

    • Musician: 1 band/artist, $19.99/year
    • Musician Plus: 2 bands/artists, $35.99/year (save 10%)
    • Label 5: 5 bands/artists, $79.99/year (save 20%)
    • Label 10: 10 bands/artists, $139.99/year (save 30%)
    • Label 20: 20 bands/artists, $239.99/year (save 40%)
    • Label 50: 50 bands/artists, $599.99/year (save 40%)
    • Label 100: 100 bands/artists, $1199.99/year (save 40%)

    For information about DistroKid's optional Album Extras, please check out the FAQ article here.

    DistroKid also offers a ton of (mostly free! đźŽ‰) tools & services that we think you'll love! Sign into to DistroKid and click "Goodies" at the top of the screen - and read more here.

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  • What Platforms Will My Music Appear In?

    You can specify for your music to appear in any or all of the following services:


    If there's another streaming service you really want to be in, let us know and we'll look into adding it!

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  • I'm Switching from a Different Distribution Company to DistroKid. What's the Process?

    Welcome! You won't be disappointed. 

    It's easy to switch to DistroKid. Here's how:

      1. Upload your releases to DistroKid
      2. The next day, go to your old distributor and remove those releases

    DistroKid is fast so there's a chance that your albums appear in streaming services twice, before your old distributor takes them down. This brief overlap is okay. 

    Important: Make sure to use the exact same metadata (song titles, album title, ISRCs, etc.) and audio files you used with your old distributor. That way, services (especially Spotify) will try to ensure that you don't lose play counts or playlists that you're on. We can't guarantee this because it's out of our hands -- but that's generally how it works. Note that you may lose reviews in iTunes and Amazon.

    Some of the many benefits you’ll find at DistroKid:

    • Automatic revenue splits - just tell us who to pay, and how much to pay them. We’ll do the rest.
    • HyperFollow - you’ll have a pre-save marketing page within minutes of uploading your music. Once your release goes live on all services, we’ll add links to the same page automatically.
    • Lyrics support - add lyrics to your songs, and we’ll send them to services for you.
    • Global timed release dates - your release will go live at the exact same time everywhere on Spotify
    • And more - click “Goodies” to see them all!



    More info on using your own ISRC codes.

    How long does it take releases to go live via DistroKid?





     

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  • Can I Contact DistroKid?

    Yes! But usually you don't need to, even if you think you do.

    Most of the questions we're asked are answered in our extensive Help Center, which contains hundreds of articles (click here).

    Many issues can also be resolved via self-service options within your DistroKid account. That's the fastest way to solve the majority of issues, and most fixes are instantaneous. 

    Here are some of the more common questions that artists ask, with answers:

    The quickest way to get ahold of us, is to click on the chat bubble icon in the lower right of our FAQ. This leads to our favorite customer service rep... Dave the AI bot! Dave can help you find the correct FAQ article, or put you directly in touch with a human.

    In addition to our chatbot, at the bottom of our help center, as well as at the bottom of each article, you'll find links to email us or activate Dave for a quick chat!

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Distribution See all 27 articles

  • How Long Does It Take for My Album to Be Available in Streaming Services?

    It can take several days for albums to be reviewed, approved, and sent to streaming services. If it's important that your album go live on a specific date, click here to read about release dates. Otherwise, by default, your release should go live once ingested by streaming services according to the rough schedule below.

    • iTunes/Apple Music: 1-7 days. A very small percentage of albums go through manual review at Apple, which takes an additional 1-2 weeks or so.
    • Spotify: 2-5 days
    • Amazon: 1-2 days
    • YouTube Music: 1-2 days.
    • Deezer: 1-2 days
    • TIDAL: 1-2 days
    • Facebook/Instagram: 1-2 weeks.
    • TikTok: 1-3 weeks.

    Note: Delays are rare, but they do happen, and are typically outside of DistroKid's direct control.

    Pandora has their own in-house review process to curate content, so we are not able to provide too much info in regards to how long it might take releases to be added to Pandora stations (if they are). To be included in Pandora Premium (Pandora's rad streaming service), please read THIS.


    Bonus: For many streaming services (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more) we'll detect the moment your album goes live, and send you an email with the link! 

    Please note: Securing cover song licenses can take up to 14 business days. Releases with cover songs will be submitted as soon as the license is approved by Harry Fox Agency (who handles our cover licenses).

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  • What Countries Will My Music Be Available In?

    Most uploads appear worldwide in every country that the different streaming services support. If you want to restrict your release to certain countries, you can upload to DistroKid, and then we can submit a metadata update to streaming services to remove the country/countries that you don't want to be in. For this to work, it's best for you to upload at least 10-14 days before a planned release date (Musician Plus/Label plan required).

    Some releases may not be distributed to all countries based on language, explicit content, licensing, and other various issues that are outside of DistroKid's control.

    Currently, Saavn only has the non-Indian portion of their catalog available in a handful of countries: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.  In the rest of the world, only the Indian content is available at this time.

    Anghami’s international catalog is only available in the Middle East. In the rest of the world, only the Arabic content is available at this time.

    YouTube Music is currently available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Canada, Norway, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea, and will be available anywhere YouTube has a subscription music service as new territories are supported. If you're trying to play YouTube Music Art Track videos from outside of these supported territories, you may see a message that the content is not available.

     

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  • Can I use Royalty Free Samples?

    It's totally fine to use royalty free samples from sample library services such as Splice, Sounds, LoopCloud etc. It is also fine to use royalty free samples that are included as default sample libraries in your DAW.

    Please note: if you use royalty free samples, your music will be ineligible for the YouTube Content ID Album Extra.

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  • Can I Upload DJ Mixes or Remixes with DistroKid?

    Unless you have permission from all concerned parties, it is not possible to upload songs with uncleared samples.

    You are welcome to upload remixes of your own work. However, if your remix is of another artist's song, or contains any part of another artist's original music, streaming services require permission from the original artist.

    If you are remixing your own song...

    ...You do not need to credit yourself as a remixer. You can simply add "Remix" as version information. Here's how you do that on the upload form:

    Under the Add "version" info to song title? section, list the appropriate version information. In this case, we can select "Other" and just write "Remix"

    Under the section that says Song title preview: you should see something like this:

    YourSongTitle (Remix)

    If you are uploading remixes of your own song by a remixing artist...

    ...You will need to add both a collaborator with the "Remixer" role, as well as version information with "[Insert Remixer's Name Here] Remix" in the version information. Here's how you do that on the upload form:

    Under the Add featured artist to song title section, please indicate "Yes" and select the role of the artist. In this case "Remixer." Please then enter the Remixing artists name in the box next to the artist role.

    Check out this article for a breakdown on artist roles!

    Under the section that says Song title preview: you should see something like this:

    YourSongTitle (RemixingArtist Remix)

    If you are uploading a remix of another artists music...

    ...You must have permission from the artist to do so.

    If you have permission from the original artist to upload your remix of their song, you will need to list the original artist's name in the "Artist/band name" section of the upload form. Note that this will use an additional artist slot. If you need more artist slots you can upgrade here.

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    At the track level, you will need to add your artist name with the "Remixer" role. Here's how you do that on the upload form:

    Under the Add featured artist to song title section, please indicate "Yes" and select the role of the artist. In this case "Remixer." Please then enter the Remixing artists name (in this case your artist name) in the box next to the artist role.

    Check out this article for a breakdown on artist roles!

    Under the section that says Song title preview: you should see something like this:

    OriginalSongTitle (YourArtistName Remix)

    In the Songwriter section, do not select cover song -- Remixes are not covers.

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  • Can I Upload Cover Songs?

    Yes, with some exceptions.

    Some examples of songs that may be licensed:

      • A song that was released at one point on iTunes and/or Amazon MP3.
      • A song that appeared on a limited pressing of vinyl, which you can purchase at a record store in the United States
      • A song that was made available as a promotional music download on the artist’s website

    Some examples of songs that may NOT be licensed:

      • A song that was used in a film score, but itself was never released separately from the soundtrack
      • A song that appeared in a video game, but itself was never released separately from the game soundtrack
      • A song that was released as part of a CD compilation, but only in some country that was not the United States
      • An old traditional song that is now in the public domain

      • Medleys, mashups, etc.

    To upload a cover, make sure to click "Another artist wrote it" on DistroKid's upload form, in the "Cover song" section.

    DistroKid charges a fee of $12 per year, renewed annually, to manage each cover song for you. We will:

      • Obtain license(s)
      • Pay the original songwriter(s) every month
      • Keep up-to-date on copyright laws affecting your music

    A "cover song" is a song that you performed & recorded yourself, but the music was written by someone else. For example, when your band plays "Smooth Criminal" (written by Michael Jackson). This is totally okay—DistroKid makes it easy and legal to sell cover songs.

    DistroKid will obtain the required compulsory mechanical license for you. We'll automatically deduct the legally-mandated fee (9.1 cents or 1.75 cents per minute of playing time or fraction
    thereof, whichever is larger) from your earnings and pay it to the original songwriter. You'll get 100% of the rest. You don't have to do anything else.

    You must purchase a DistroKid cover license each and every time you upload a cover song to DistroKid. For example, if you upload the same cover song twice, you need to select the “Cover Song” option both times, essentially buying two licenses. That’s how our system knows to deduct the songwriter’s share of earnings from your earnings (for both uploads of that song, in this example). Furthermore, DistroKid licenses apply only to content directly distributed by DistroKid, and cannot be used for any purposes outside of DistroKid.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that your song would be covered under the compulsory mechanical license.

    We are not lawyers and can't help with legal advice. But please note that U.S. copyright law does not permit derivative works such as original-language translations of copyrighted lyrics. Under U.S. copyright law, cover (aka "compulsory") licenses only provide coverage if the main elements of the song, original lyrics & melody, remain fundamentally unaltered within the new sound recording. This is a copyright thing and affects all distributors, not just DistroKid.

    For more information about uploading arrangements of works in the public domain, please check out the FAQ article here.

    Please don't include the original artist's name in the track title. For example,

     GOOD TRACK TITLE 
    Enter Sandman

     BAD TRACK TITLE 
    Enter Sandman (originally performed by Metallica)
    Enter Sandman by Metallica

    For more information about purchasing cover song licenses through DistroKid, please see this article.

    Please note: Securing cover song licenses can take up to 14 business days. Releases with cover songs will be submitted as soon as the license is approved by our third-party licensing service.

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  • Can I Upload a Sound-a-like?

    No, sorry. 

    Sound-a-likes--or cover versions, or tribute songs that sound verrry similar to the original--aren’t accepted by streaming services.

    Streaming services may also reject cover songs that too-closely mimic the original artist's name or album art. 

    Even if the content doesn't violate laws, it may confuse customers. Which is why services may reject it. 

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DistroVid See all 8 articles

  • Can I Use DistroKid to Distribute Music Videos?

    Yes! 

    Check out https://distrokid.com/distrovid to get started!

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  • What is DistroVid?

    DistroVid is a Music Video distribution service provided by DistroKid!

    To check it out, visit:
    https://distrokid.com/distrovid

    As a DistroVid artist, you can upload an unlimited amount of music videos, and keep 100% of your earnings from your videos.

    Artists who upload music videos via DistroVid will have videos distributed to Apple Music, Vevo, Amazon Music and Tidal. 

    In addition to those services, artists also have the option to distribute to the DistroVid Gallery, an upcoming collection of all music videos submitted to DistroVid.

    To upload unlimited videos for 1 artist, DistroVid membership costs $99 per year for DistroKid members ($129 for non-members). Additional artist slots are $49 per year on top of the base subscription.

    Thanks for reading!

     

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  • What File Types Does DistroVid Accept?

    In order for your work to be accepted by stores currently offering Music Videos to fans, make sure that your video is:

    • Decent quality, it should look like a Music Video!
    • Not a static image, it must be an actual video
    • Not a lyric video
    • Not an ad or promotional video
    • Only includes 1 song within the video, stores do not currently accept mashup or medley videos
    • An original song, no cover song videos
    • And finally, it goes without saying, it must be a music video :)

    Specific File Formatting Guide:

    File Type: .mov or .mp4 only
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 or higher
    Duration: 30 seconds or longer
    Video Encoding: Variable Bit Rate (VBR) only
    Video Scan Type: Progressive only
    Audio: 44.1 kHz or higher,Stereo only

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  • How can I edit my Video after I've uploaded it to DistroVid?

    While DistroVid doesn't have an "Edit Release" feature at this time (it's in the works!), we are more than happy to help with certain edit requests.

    If you need to edit a typo, track title, genre, label name, release date, or preview/thumbnail image, reach out to us here.

    Keep in mind that there are certain things we cannot edit, including replacing video files. In order to replace a video file, or an artist name, you'll need to delete and re-upload the video with correct file and/or artist name.

    For more information on how to delete your video, check out this article.

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  • My Video was rejected, how do I fix it?

    If your video was rejected, you'll need to delete and re-upload your video in order to fix whatever was flagged during the review process.

    Keep in mind, each store has very specific guidelines for what kinds of video content they will accept. Still image videos, lyric videos, karaoke or ringtone audio within videos, and incorrectly formatted videos may be rejected. 

    For specific formatting requirements, please check out this article.

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  • How Do I Get My Music Video On Vevo?

    With DistroVid, we'll send your music video to Vevo automatically if you select it as a store on the DistroVid upload form!

    If you have an existing Vevo profile, you'll have the option to list that on the upload form, when sending your music video their way. 

    Note: If you have your existing Music Video on your own YouTube channel (or Official Artist Channel if you've converted your own channel to an OAC), you'll want to remove your music video from your own channel prior to delivering your work to Vevo. Duplicate music videos on a single channel isn't the greatest look, and could provide accessibility issues to your fans.

     

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HyperFollow See all 2 articles

  • What Is HyperFollow?

    HyperFollow is a completely free (and awesomely powerful) promotional tool that is available for all  DistroKid artists.

    These days, it’s a must to have one link that leads to your music on all streaming services, and that’s where HyperFollow comes in!

    The instant you finish uploading your release, you can start promoting and collecting pre-saves on Spotify (including fan email addresses) with HyperFollow. As soon as your release goes live on its release date, your HyperFollow page will AUTOMATICALLY UPDATE(!) to include links to other streaming services.

    Your HyperFollow link never changes, and you’ll never have to update your marketing copy or social media posts.

    You can find your HyperFollow link on your DistroKid album page, or by clicking on the "Goodies" menu, and then clicking on "Promote yourself".

    Here are some of the additional benefits of using HyperFollow:

    More followers! Anyone who clicks the button on your HyperFollow page will automatically follow you on Spotify.

    More listeners! In addition to following your artist page on Spotify, whoever clicks the button will also automatically save your album to their Spotify library.

    More contacts! You will be given each fan’s email address.

    More research! You will have access to the city-level geographic location and other (anonymized) demographic information about your fans.

    More insight! You’ll be able to see the other music that your fans are listening too. Even if those other artists don’t use DistroKid.

    More stats! You’ll know how many people visited your HyperFollow page, and how many followers you added.

    Need to edit your HyperFollow page? Check it out! https://distrokid.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360039543054

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  • Can I Edit My HyperFollow Page?

    Yes! There are now quite a few features available on HyperFollow pages, along with the ability to make edits, and new pages completely independent of your releases!

    First, to view and edit your HyperFollow pages, you can navigate to https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow or click on "Goodies" in the top right hand corner of your DistroKid account, and then click "Promote Yourself". From there, you can click "HyperFollow" to view your HyperFollow dashboard, which includes all of your releases.

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    Under the title of each page you will see the view count, and if it is an autogenerated release HyperFollow page, you can see all of the pre-saves, views, and emails you have collected by clicking on the "# presaves" link next to the views counter.

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    To edit any hyperfollow.com/yourlink or distrokid.com/hyperfollow/yourlink page, you can visit www.distrokid.com/hyperfollow, and click the "Edit" button under the HyperFollow page you'd like to edit.

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    For any auto-generated release HyperFollow pages, you can also edit those pages directly from the page. Once you're on the HyperFollow page you want to edit, click "Customize" on the upper-right corner of the page to reveal a bunch of options, then click "Edit this page" (this works on mobile, too!):

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    HyperFollow Edits

    HyperFollow now allows artists to edit the artist name, release title, or release date on any HyperFollow page (this is handy if, for example, you submitted an edit request for the release after you uploaded). You can also re-order links, add links to streaming services we haven't added (including services we don't even distribute to), and do some other fun stuff that can be turned on or off at any time:
    • Audio previews
    • YouTube embed
    • Add social media links
    • Hide any of your HyperFollow pages (unhide anytime!)

    Here's an example of a HyperFollow page with some of the new features:

    https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/butchersofthefinalfrontier/kh4

    If you run into any issues with editing your HyperFollow page, please let us know here: www.distrokid.com/contact

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NFT's See all 1 articles

  • Sellouts

     

     

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    Sellouts is a collaboration with 10,000 independent music creators to design & mint 10,000 individualized, collectible, carbon-negative NFTs that commemorate the music of each artist.

    From November 17th through December 1st, artists were able to join the Sellouts waitlist, and create their own NFT here: https://distrokid.com/sellouts

    We've partnered with Nifty Gateway, which is an artist friendly platform that has pledged carbon-negative minting (more info here) for the collection.

    All 10,000 Sellouts became available for purchase ($60/ea) on Nifty Gateway via random drawing on December 15th, 2021, and all original 10,000 NFT's sold out the following day!

    If you participated in the collaboration, and want to check the status of your NFT submission, you can visit https://distrokid.com/sellouts/me to see if your submission was chosen.

    While we won't be generating or dropping any additional Sellouts NFT's for the time being, stay tuned for more NFT opportunities in the future!

     

    Please note: Nifty Gateway and DistroKid each take a small processing fee from NFT each sale.

    Additionally, no intellectual rights to the music come with Sellouts NFT ownership.

     

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DistroLock See all 2 articles

  • What is DistroLock?

    DistroLock makes it harder for anyone (who's not you) to upload your original music to streaming services.

    Here's how it works: 

    Upload Your Music For Free.

    Upload your original songs to DistroLock, or just send us the acoustic fingerprint.

    We Secure The Fingerprint.

    We note that the audio is "locked" when music services ask. Only you can unlock it.

    You're Protected.

    We also register your audio with other leading audio detection services.

    DistroLock extracts an "acoustic fingerprint," logs it, and then deletes your audio from our servers. If you don't want to upload your music to DistroLock, you can generate fingerprints on your own computer using Chromaprint and just send those.

    DistroLock can also register your music with leading public fingerprint databases. Some of these services can detect matches even if the audio has been sped up, pitch-shifted, or otherwise altered. Many music services utilize these services to block unauthorized releases, including YouTube, DistroKid, SoundCloud, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitch, and others.

     

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  • What Types of Audio Can I Lock?

    DistroLock works best for music that has not yet been distributed. Previously released music may already be in public audio databases, which means it can't be locked by anyone. 

    The good news: If *you’re* the one who previously distributed it, you already have some protection. That's because responsible stores & distributors may cross-reference their new uploads with public audio databases, and reject unauthorized releases of your music. 

    Note: Songs with publicly-available audio (generic loops, sounds, and samples) may be rejected by DistroLock. That's because those are sounds everyone is allowed to use - which may trigger positive identifications with other peoples' music.

    Hope this helps and thanks for trying DistroLock. 

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