Well, welly, well… what have we here? It appears as though my single Romance for Piccolo Bass has been given life on Spotify, Apple Music and all other major streaming platforms as of this past Saturday, the 30th of January:
It is almost as though “the stores” have no issues at all with my recording! I guess… DistroKid was lying after all about “editorial discretion” and my track being “rejected.”
I am now formally endorsing CD Baby and recommending their services for any independent musician, composer or producer in need of distribution access. I have used that platform for six years now and have never had an issue with delivery to streaming services, and have had my profiles on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube made official, complete with verified checkmarks (or in the case of YT, a musical note), courtesy of CD Baby. In some cases where my music had been used without my permission in YouTube videos, their support centre was able to help me get the offending uploads monetized or removed on copyright grounds after a brief conversation asking for assistance. I do not think that DistroKid would have been so supportive given how they rely so heavily on automated responses, if they respond at all.
Be advised that your albums and singles require a UPC code for release via CD Baby, and that it costs $20 per code using their service. I recommend purchasing codes elsewhere in advance. I use SnapUPC for this, and can acquire 10 codes for less than a single one through CD Baby.
I hate for my blog to become a place for rants as there are so many more things I would like to share, but this has just irked me so much given how much advantage a business like DistroKid takes over artists in an industry that preys on creators and customers alike from the very beginning. However, while I am on the subject of corporate greed and posts that may come off as tirades, I have to warn you that there is at least one more coming. You see, this past week also saw a major “event” as one software company decided to disregard decades of loyal customers to introduce *shudders* a subscription service.
Reason Studios, it is time we had a little chat…