Frequently Asked Questions
How much do I earn per download and/or stream?
Your revenue per download and stream varies by shop and sales country.
How do I know that my music has been distributed?
We will send u a fanlink that brings all the stores together. This way, you allow your fans to choose where they would like to download or stream your music.
How quickly will I see my Release on stores?
We deal with all submissions of music releases as soon as we can. Most releases can be delivered to stores within 24-48 hours of us receiving them. Once received and we have checked that all is correct with your release package (including metadata and file formats), we will begin delivery to our distribution network. Some stores will have your music online the next day and some within a week, few stores may take slightly longer. We have no control over how soon stores will publish releases. Each store has its own ingestion methods and some even use manual ingestion. Releases that do not meet store specifications will be delayed, which is why we take care with our metadata and will send releases back to you asking for corrections if necessary. If you have a release that needs to go out on a certain day, it is always best to plan ahead of time and deliver your releases to us 6 weeks in advance.
What do I need to upload a Release?
- If you have recorded your music or you have music you own the legal rights to release, then you are well on the way to being able to use our service. You need:
- Music files in WAV format (alternatively: MP3)
- Artwork in JPG format
- Metadata information such as genre and performers etc.
What if I want to publish a Cover version?
If you want to publish a cover version of an original recording, you have to follow these guidelines:
- You have to enter all copyright owners of the original with full names (composer, songwriter and publisher).
- You can’t use the original artist name. The title must not include “originally performed by”, “in the style of”, “tribute to” or “cover of”. The original artist can’t be mentioned or displayed on the cover picture.
- You can’t change the song title of the original.
- During the upload you have to enter “Cover Version” in the version field.
- You can’t use the original recordings or parts of it. To do so, you need a written permission from the label.
- You can’t change the original lyrics or composition. To do so, you need a written permission from the copyright owners.
- Cover versions can’t sound exactly like the original, because such “soundalike” versions will be rejected by the shops.
- If you can’t obtain the rights from a collecting society, you have to get a written permission from the copyright owners or publisher.
Cover versions are often legally problematic. We recommend to always get written permissions from the copyright owners or to consult a lawyer.
We can’t guarantee that cover version will be accepted by the shops. Some shops reject cover versions, if there are already too many versions of the same song.
What if I want to use samples?
To use parts of other songs (“samples”) you need a written permission from the label owning the master rights of the original recording. If you use samples from music libraries, make sure you’re allowed to use them for commercial purposes.