DistroKid See all 14 articles

  • 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 on the DistroKid Features Menu features_menu_icon.jpg in the top right, then navigate to the Goodies section 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 single artist/band plan, to Ultimate plans for up to 100 artists.

    To see what subscriptions for Musicians and Labels DistroKid offers, you can sign up or sign in and visit https://distrokid.com/plan.

    For existing users, if you ever need more slots or features, you can always upgrade your subscription from your dashboard as well.

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

    DistroKid also offers a ton of (mostly free! 🎉) tools & services that we think you'll love!

    To see all the awesome tools you can use, sign in to DistroKid and click on the DistroKid Features menu features_menu_icon.jpg and then scroll to the Goodies section - and read more here.

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  • Which Services & Stores 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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  • 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! 🎉) tools & services that we think you'll love!

    Sign in to DistroKid and click on the DistroKid Features menu features_menu_icon.jpg at the top of the screen to access Goodies - and read more below for information on each particular feature!

     

    Get Heard Now

     

    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.

    • TIDAL Artist Home - Claim your artist profile and customize key details like your profile image, bio, and social links. You can also report inaccurate content directly to Tidal in seconds, invite team members, and get access to everything Tidal builds for artists in the future.
    • 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.

    • RIAA Gold and Platinum Monitoring - Have us check if your music qualifies you for an RIAA Gold or Platinum certification. (Ultimate only)

    Enhance Your Music

    • Spotify Canvas Generator - Generate free custom Canvas videos for your Spotify release.
    • 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, TIDAL and more by opting into Lyric Blaster

    • 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! 

    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, ISRC(s) and more.

    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.

    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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  • Which Features are Available for each Plan?
     
    Feature Musician Musician Plus Ultimate

    Upload unlimited songs

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    Upload unlimited lyrics

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    Spotify verified checkmark

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    Collect earnings from royalty splits

    ✔️ ✔️ ✔️

    Daily streaming stats

    ✔️ ✔️

    Customizable label name

    ✔️ ✔️

    Customizable release date

    ✔️ ✔️

    Customizable preorder date

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    Customizable iTunes pricing

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    Customizable ISRC codes

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    2 artists or bands

    ✔️ ✔️

    5–100 artists or bands

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    1 TB Instant Share Space

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    Access to Playlister

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    RIAA Award Monitoring

    ✔️
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  • Does DistroKid Have Merch?

    Yes! 

    Hats, Shirts, Hoodies, Toenail Clippers, even a Kid's Book!

    Check it out and grab yourself some gear here.

    We also wrote a Kid's Book, Music Production ABCs, which is available for purchase here!

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Distribution See all 26 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: 2 days
    • Facebook/Instagram: 1-2 weeks
    • TikTok: 1-2 days
    • Anghami: 1-5 days (some require manual review by Anghami's team which can take an additional 2-3 days).

    If you are uploading a cover track, 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).

    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! 

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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/Ultimate 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 only need to add a collaborator with the "Remixer" role, no need to worry about adding version info. 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 artist's 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 artist's 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.

    artist_name_upload.png

    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.

    author_decleration_form.png

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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
      • Do the things described here and here

    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 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.

    Check out this quick video for more information!

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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 15 articles

  • What is DistroVid?

    DistroVid is a Music Video distribution service provided by DistroKid!

    Click here to check it out!

    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, TikTok Music and TIDAL. 

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

    To upload unlimited videos for 1 artist, DistroVid membership costs $99 per year. Additional artist slots are $49 per year on top of the base subscription.

     

     

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  • How Long Does It Take For My Video to Go Live?

    Typically, it can take any where from 1-5 days for videos to go live in services once processed and approved.

    Note: If it's important that your music video go live on a specific date (in all chosen services at the same time), choose a release date at least four weeks in the future. If you choose a release date less than four weeks in advance, there's a small but non-zero chance your video could still be stuck in a services' review queue (or some other unforeseen delay) when your release date comes around. 

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  • What File Specifications Does DistroVid Accept?

    If your video meets these file specifications, our system shouldn't have any issues making sure that each of our service partners can receive your video.

    General Specifications:

    File Type: .mov or .mp4 only
    Compression Type/Codec: ProRes 422 or 422 HQ, MPEG-2 or H.264
    File Size: Up to 30GB
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 or higher (up to 3840x2160)
    Duration: 30 seconds or longer
    Video Encoding: Variable Bit Rate (VBR) only
    Frame Rate is one of 23.976, 24, 25, or 30 (so we can distribute your video everywhere!)
    Video Scan Type: Progressive only
    Audio Format: 44.1 kHz or higher, Stereo only


    If you are experiencing uploading issues with any 4K video files, best practice is to upload using the H.264 codec. Please note that services do not accept HEVC/H.265 codec at this time.

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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.

    Note: We can edit thumbnails, but stores require that the thumbnail must be an image directly from the video. When reaching out to our team regarding thumbnail edits, please include a screenshot of the thumbnail you are prefer to use, as well as the timestamp of where that image appears within your video. 

    Also, please keep in mind that there are certain things we cannot edit at this time, including replacing video files or editing artist names. 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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  • How Can I Customize My Vevo Channel?

    Vevo doesn't have an artist access portal or dashboard at this time, but we're happy to help submit an avatar image, banner image and channel description to Vevo on your behalf!

    Here are the requirements:

    1. Avatar Image: (800x800 pixels, jpg)
    2. Banner Image: (2048x1152 pixels, jpg).

    You can use this template to size your image accordingly if needed (right click to download image):
    DistroVid_Vevo_Banner_Template.jpg

    3. About section, general rules below

    • 1000 characters or less, with no mention of other stores (such as Spotify or Apple)
    • No mention of other artists. Stay away from direct mentions like: "I draw my inspiration from The Beatles and Drake", or "I collaborated with Madonna". Services can view this as keyword flooding, and remove your bio or description.
    • No information that would date the about section. Avoid descriptions similar to: "My new album drops on July 31st, 2022", or "My latest album came out 2 months ago".

    Reach out to us here when you have your avatar image, banner image and channel description, and we can submit those directly to Vevo!

    Note: Once a channel update request has been submitted, it can take anywhere between 1-5 business days for the images and description to be visible on your Vevo channel. 

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  • Why Is My Video Failing to Upload?

    There are a number of reasons why a video upload may fail, including unsupported codecs or file types, but the most common reason video uploads error out or fail is usually due to a poor internet connection.

    We recommend using a wired connection when possible, as video files are typically much larger than audio file uploads, and any packet loss or connection timeout (even if it's just a few seconds) can potentially result in an uploading error. You may also want to try clearing your browser's cache and cookies before uploading.  

    We also typically see errors on uploads that don't meet the technical file requirements that services require. Any upload that doesn't use a supported video file type, compression codec, or dimensions may result in an error.

    For a complete list of supported video file types, codecs and dimensions, check out this article regarding video file specifications.

    If you have a stable connection and your video file meets all technical requirements, but you're still experiencing uploading issues, please reach out to us here! We're always happy to help troubleshoot any video uploading issues you may be experiencing. 

     

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Mixea See all 10 articles

  • What is Mixea?

    Mixea is DistroKid’s online mastering service! You can use Mixea to add the final, polishing touch to your work before distributing it to stores.

    Mixea mirrors contemporary mastering techniques to provide a series of intelligent, fine tuned results that you can choose between to select the best sounding mastered result for your tracks.

    Just like the rest of DistroKid, Mixea is a subscription based service, and for $99 per year, you can master an unlimited amount of tracks, for an unlimited amount of artists.

    You can head to www.mixea.com to try it out and receive your first mastered track for free!

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  • How Do I Use Mixea?

    It's super easy!

    To get started, navigate to Mixea from the "Goodies" Menu in the top right. Once you're on the main page, select the file you want to put into the mastering engine by clicking "Choose File" or dragging the file in.

    Note: Mixea only supports WAV, FLAC, MP3, and M4A files at this time.

    Once your file is selected, click "Master My Song" to start up the mastering engine!

    At this point, depending on the file you use, it may take several minutes for the mastering engine to complete the process. At this point, it is generating 15 (yes 15!!!!) different mastering options for your track.

    Once the engine finishes working, you'll see a track waveform dashboard, that displays the waveform for your mastered preview track, as well as the waveform for your original track so you can compare the two.

    Just below the waveform, you'll see the two sliding scales:

    Intensity - Low, Medium, High

    Intensity controls the dynamics of your track. The higher the intensity, the louder and more compressed your song will sound, at the expense of some dynamic range.

    EQ Options - Brighter, Bright, Neutral, Warm, Warmer

    A warmer EQ brings out the low and mid range frequencies in your mix, while a brighter EQ setting amplifies higher frequencies making your mix more exciting.

    Try them all out to see what master sounds best for your work! Once you have your favorite picked, click "Download Mastered Track". This will take you to your Mastered Tracks dashboard, where you can select three different output files for your mastered work:

    Ultra HD: HD WAV, 24-bit, 48k

    High Quality: WAV, 16-bit, 44.1k

    Medium Quality: MP3, 256kbps

    Select your preferred file, click "Download" and presto, you have a mastered track!

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  • How Should I Prepare My Tracks Before Uploading Them to Mixea?

    To get the most out of your mastered tracks, we recommend that you do the following prior to uploading your files:

    • Plugins: Remove any mastering plugins from your mastering bus (including compressors, equalizers, limiters, and stereo enhancers).
    • Headroom: Try to ensure that your audio file is not clipping. A little bit of clipping is okay if you can’t change it and can’t hear it (maybe your preamplifier was a little bit too hot on that perfect jam session), but if you can upload something that is free of any clipping that is preferred.
    • Recording Quality: Try to provide the best quality recordings you can with low noise (i.e. the background noise picked up by your microphone(s)). A little bit of noise is okay, but the cleaner the recording the better. We recommend that you set your sample rate to 44.1 or 48 kHz. Anything higher than 48 kHz will be downsampled to 48 kHz prior to mastering.
    • File Format: Export your track using an uncompressed or lossless format (i.e. WAV, AIFF, or FLAC). A high quality compressed format like MP3 encoded at 256 kbps or more is okay too, but an uncompressed or lossless format is preferable.
    • Experiment: If you aren’t getting the results you’re looking for, experiment! Try making changes to your mix or break our recommendations by adding a plugin or two to your master bus.
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  • What Kind of Files Can Mixea Master?

    Mixea supports WAV, FLAC, MP3, AIFF and MP4 files, just drag and drop them into the mastering engine, and you'll be good to go!

    You can download your finished tracks in Ultra HD (HD WAV, 24-bit, 48k), High Quality (WAV, 16-bit, 44.1k), or Medium Quality - (MP3, 256kpbs).

     

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  • How Much Does Mixea Cost?

    Mixea costs $99 per year, and is billed annually, on the original date you opt into the service. 

    For $99 per year, you can master an unlimited amount of tracks, for an unlimited amount of artists, and have a centralized location to store all of your mastered work. 

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  • What Intensity/EQ Settings Should I Choose?

    You know your music better than anybody! Choose the Intensity and EQ settings that sound best to you. A brighter EQ setting will tend to bring more clarity to your vocals, while a warmer EQ setting will tend to add more presence to your bass. A higher Intensity will produce a louder version of your track with more processing and compression. A lower Intensity will apply a softer touch to your track. Most users tend to choose a Medium Intensity with a Neutral EQ, but you don’t have to!

    Note that many streaming services may change the loudness of your mastered tracks, but some may not, and that’s totally okay! It just ensures a more consistent loudness between all tracks for their listeners. Once again, choose what sounds best to you at a typical volume setting.

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HyperFollow See all 3 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 the DistroKid Features Menu in the upper right features_menu_icon.jpg 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 to pre-save your release 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 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 to. 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.

    More contacts!** You will be given each fan’s email address.
    ** Only Musician Plus and Ultimate Accounts have access to fan email addresses.

    Need to edit your HyperFollow page? Click here!

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  • Can I put a Facebook or Google tracking pixel on my HyperFollow page?

    Yes!

    This is free for all DistroKid members and is provided to help artists with their online marketing objectives.

    To add a tracking pixel:

    1. Sign into DistroKid
    2. Visit your HyperFollow page (make sure you're signed in)
    3. Click "Customize" at the top
    4. Click "Edit this page"
    5. Click "Got an ad or analytics pixel?"

    Done! All visits will be tracked via your pixel ID.

    There are some custom events as well (using Facebook's "trackCustom" function). The events are:

    • clickSpotifyPresave - Fires when someone clicks your Spotify pre-save link
    • spotifyPresaveSuccess - When someone successfully pre-saves your release
    • click[store] (ex: "clickSpotify" or "clickAppleMusic" - When someone clicks one of the streaming service links to listen to your music
    • clickOut - When someone clicks any of the main links on your HyperFollow page. This will fire in addition to click[store] (which shows which specific link they clicked)
    • clickSocial - When someone clicks any of the social media links on your HyperFollow page
    • audioPlay - When someone click the play button to listen to your audio preview
    • audioPause - When someone clicks the pause button to stop your audio preview
    • audioSkipForward - If your release has multiple tracks, someone skipped to the next track
    • audioSkipBack - If your release has multiple tracks, someone skipped to the previous track
    • showFullImage - Someone clicked your album artwork to show the full-sized image 

    Hope this is helpful! 

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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 the DistroKid Features Menu in the upper right features_menu_icon.jpg and then click "Promote Yourself".

    From there, you can click "HyperFollow" to view your HyperFollow dashboard, which includes all of your releases.

    Under the title of each release 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.

    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.

    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!):

    HyperFollow also 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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  • 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 on DistroLock?

    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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  • 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, 2021, 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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  • Who Owns My Music?

    You do! DistroKid does not take any ownership or intellectual property rights from artists. You keep 100% ownership. 

     

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  • What is the Minimum Age to Use DistroKid?

    You must be 18 years of age or older to sign up for DistroKid, per our Distribution Agreement.

    If you're younger than that, please have an adult sign up on your behalf.

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  • Do I Need to Copyright My Music Before Uploading?

    This is not legal advice, and we are not your lawyer. But... under the present copyright law, which became effective January 1, 1978, a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created. A work is created when it is “fixed” or embodied in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. Neither registration in the Copyright Office nor publication is required for copyright protection under the law.

    There are, however, certain advantages to registration, including the establishment of a public record of the copyright claim. Copyright registration must generally be made before an infringement suit can be brought. Timely registration may also provide a broader range of remedies in an infringement suit.

    For more information, visit http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ50.pdf

     

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  • What are DistroKid's Terms of Service?

    Please see our Terms of Service & Distribution Agreement below.

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  • Is DistroKid Exclusive? Can I Still Use Other Distributors?

    DistroKid is non-exclusive. 

    If you'd like to distribute some (or all) of your works with a different distributor in addition to, or instead of, DistroKid--you're welcome to do that.

    Betcha won't want to though! 

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  • DMCA Takedowns and Counterclaims

    DistroKid takes intellectual property rights seriously. To maintain legal compliance, best practices, and the integrity of it’s services, DistroKid is constantly working to ensure that our users are only uploading content they have 100% rights to.

    If you believe that any content on our services infringes upon your copyright or the copyright of someone you represent , please see our terms here.

    Claimants may contact our Designated Copyright Agent or use our webform to submit a report of alleged copyright infringement here.

    Has your content or material been removed from DistroKid due to copyright claims? In accordance with the DMCA, DistroKid accepts counter-notices for copyright infringement reports. Although we are unable to provide any legal advice, if you have a good faith belief that your content or material was removed as a result of a misidentification or mistake, you may submit your counter-notice to our Designated Copyright Agent as identified in the Terms.

    If you misrepresent that the content or material is not infringing or make other false representations, you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys’ fees). Fraudulent or abusive counter-notices or other misuse of DistroKid’s services may result in account termination or other legal consequences.

    Not a DistroKid issue? If someone has uploaded your intellectual property using a service other than DistroKid, that’s unfortunately not something that we can help with. However, you can reach out to each streaming service with a DMCA takedown request. You might need to Google around for each service’s process regarding a DMCA Takedown, but here are several links to processes that we’re aware of:


    Spotify: https://www.spotify.com/us/legal/infringement-form/
    iTunes/Apple Music: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/itunesstorenotices/
    YouTube: https://support.google.com/legal/troubleshooter/1114905
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/report/infringement

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