How Music Distribution Works

Everything Artists Need to Know

Having trouble understanding music distribution? 

Here is all the information you want to get your music on all the main streaming platforms.

Written by Karan Brar

You've been working on a song, are you ready to share it with the world? We explain the ins and outs of music distribution, assisting you in putting your music in front of the appropriate audiences and demonstrating how to prepare it for streaming and playlisting internationally.

What is music distribution? 

The process of getting your songs made available for streaming or downloading on music shops and streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music as well as social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok is known as music distribution.

Additionally, it might be used to describe physical distribution (such as selling your vinyl in record stores) or different forms of revenue generation, like YouTube.

Third-party music distribution firms (like Pind Hood Records) make it easier for musicians to have their songs heard by the public. Consider them the "middle man" between a singer and streaming services like Spotify.

Why do I need a music distribution service?

One would believe that artists directly upload their music to each streaming site in preparation for a release, often to how one might publish a YouTube video or a song to SoundCloud. All musicians should use a digital music distribution service like us to properly distribute their music since publishing music includes additional challenges, such as tracking streaming statistics and royalties.

The digital music distribution service serves as a gateway for streaming and royalties data, sending your sound file and its metadata (song title, cover art, songwriters, rights holders, etc.) to the various streaming providers. This implies that you may upload a single release and have it automatically sent to all of the retailers at once. A digital music distribution provider also acts as a link between your wallet and platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

We will instantly distribute your music to all the main online music retailers and streaming platforms when you publish a release with us, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube (plus many more).

 Without a music distribution service, musicians would need to submit each new album to a different music retailer or streaming service separately (a LOT of work).

Does music distribution cost anything?

Does music distribution cost anything?  

At Pind Hood Records, we always provide artists complete ownership of their rights and revenues while providing cheap music distribution. Why? We find new artists to sign to our record label with the aid of our cheap distro service.

Our Boost and Pro tiers allow you to distribute your music to Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, as well as providing other services like Fastlane releases, VIP support, and automatic royalty splits for professionals who want to maintain their independence and advance their careers.

Find the Best Price that suits you by reading more about our three tiers here.

Which are the most important music stores and streaming platforms?

It’s important to make sure that your music is available to be discovered where your potential fans are spending time. For most artists, a lot of streams are going to come from a few key players. 

▶️ Spotify is a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service that has millions of songs from artists all over the world. Spotify is currently the biggest streaming platform in the world.

▶️ Apple Music is Apple’s on-demand streaming service with access to over 50 million songs. Apple Music reigns in second place in popularity around the world.

▶️ Amazon Music is an online streaming service and music store with more than 2 million songs.

▶️ Tidal is a subscription-based music, podcast, and video streaming service that features high-fidelity sound, hi-def video, curated playlists, and original content. 

▶️ Deezer is a streaming platform with more than 56 million tracks, originating in France and now available in over 180 countries.

▶️ Pandora is a major music and podcast discovery platform, providing a highly-personalized listening experience to more than 70 million users. 

▶️ YouTube is a video-sharing service where users can watch or upload their own videos. Artists can publish music videos to the platform or monetize their tracks via YouTube Content ID.

▶️ Facebook offers artists the chance to showcase their music on the platform, letting fans add their tracks to their Stories or their profile’s music feature. You will also be able to have your music available on Instagram as a music sticker to be used in Stories or Reels. 

▶️ TikTok is the world’s fastest-growing social media app and features popular content like dance routines, challenges, and duets. 

Here is a full list of stores that your music will be available in when you distribute with us.