Frequently Asked QuestionsAnd all answers about online music distribution

Service

  • We enable musicians, bands, producers and independent labels to sell and promote their music on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google & Co. as well as Facebook and Instagram.

    Just upload your music on our website and we'll distribute it worldwide, account all downloads and streams, and pay you 100% of the sales revenue.

    • Worldwide music distribution in 170+ countries
    • You get 100% of the sales revenue
    • Available on all shops within a few days
    • New releases each year, without increasing costs
    • You keep all rights and can cancel at any time
    • Daily updated sales data with statistics
    • All required codes incl. (ISRCs & EAN/UPC)
    • Music Player and other promo tools incl.
    • 100% online music distribution, without paperwork
  • 1. Sign up on our website
    2. Choose your flatrate
    3. Upload your release and promote it

    We take care of everything else.

  • A release is a digital single, ep or album (or "product"). Every release consists of 1-25 songs (or "tracks"), a cover picture and the release info (such as title, artist, language, songwriter, composer).

  • We offer you a unique music distribution flatrate. With our flatrate you'll get new releases each year, while costs remain the same. Everything you need is included in the flatrate. The fees depend on how many releases you want to publish. Here you'll find our pricing.

  • The contract is defined by our terms. You can look them up on our website at any time. There are no hidden fees or conditions and you can start selling your music right away.

    As opposed to many other music distribution services, you can delete releases free of charge and cancel your flatrate at any time without a cancelation period.

    If you cancel your flatrate all your releases will be deleted from the shops and open releases are forfeited. There are no further fees and you still have free access to your account and sales statistics. However, it's only possible to publish new releases with an active flatrate.

  • Many music distribution services claim to deliver your music to 100-500 shops. Those numbers are very misleading and delusive, because these services count every sales country as a single shop, so iTunes with more than 150 countries is counted 150 times. Of course we supply all the countries' shops too, but we only count iTunes as one shop. Another shady tactic is to artificially raise the total number of shops by adding plenty of irrelevant, very small shops. We don't use marketing methods like that and only supply reliable and trustworthy shops.

    The biggest 5 shops - Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google and Deezer - account for a total market share of more than 90%. All shops supplied by us cover more than 97% of the digital music market. Only the quality and market coverage of the shops matter, not the quantity.

  • Our flatrates give you full cost control and transparency. You receive new releases every year, without additional costs. And since you only pay once a year, you'll save money, time and paper work.

    Other music distribution services charge annual fees for all existing releases and additionally for all new releases. So the more releases you have, the more you have to pay each year. The only way to cut costs is by deleting your old releases. And that can't be in your best interest.

    Beware of music distribution services who only charge one-time fees per release! Their business model is not based on actual expenses (storage costs, settlements, accounting, support, updates, development) but solely on gaining new customers. If a music distribution service only charges once – for theoretically "1000 years of service" – it's obviously very untrustworthy.

  • You can pay flatrate fees with SEPA direct debit (EU only) or Master Card, Visa or Maestro (worldwide). The payment can not be offset against your sales revenue.

    The payout of your revenue is carried out to a bank account (Germany only) or via PayPal (worldwide). A PayPal account is required and the usual PayPal fees apply for the payout.

  • If your payment can't be withdrawn (because of false payment details, lack of funds, return, objection etc.) the flatrate contract remains unaffected. You're still obligated to pay the open amount, plus a chargeback fee of 8.60 €. We will send you an email with a new payment link. Access to your account will be restricted until we receive the full payment.

    If the payment remains open, we have to initiate a dunning procedure, resulting in additional costs for you. To avoid this, please transfer the total amount directly after receipt of the payment notice, at the latest within 14 days.

    Fraud attempts will be prosecuted! To prevent breaches of law and/or fraudulent behaviour under false identity, we record your IP address.

Upload

    • 1-25 songs as WAV file (16 Bit / 44,1 kHz) or high-quality MP3
    • Cover picture as JPG file with 3000x3000 pixels (300dpi, RGB colors)
    • Release info such as title, artist, language, songwriter, composer)


    NOTE: Please follow the guidelines for title, artist name and cover picture to avoid delays or problems with the distribution of your releases. Cover pics with inferior quality will be rejected by the shops. If you don't have a cover picture you can easily create one with our Cover Pic Creator during the upload process.

  • The max. playtime is 10 minutes per song/track (min. 10 seconds). The average song length is about 2-5 minutes. An album must not be longer than 120 minutes.

    Songs with overlength (7-10 minutes) have certain disadvantages:

    • usually cost the same as short songs
    • usually don't get played on the radio
    • usually only available with the album (not as song download)
    • in some countries copyright fees are accounted by minute (e.g. USA). Longer songs result in more fees per download. So you'll earn less with overlength songs.
  • We recommend to avoid unusual spellings and special characters in release titles and song titles to make sure publishing goes without problems and the songs can easily be found on the shops. To make sure your release is accepted by the shops, you have to follow these guidelines:

    • CAPITALS are not allowed.
    • In English titles the first letter of each word has to be a capital letter (exceptions: a, an, and, as, but, for, from, of, or, so, the, to, yet). All titles in other languages have to be spelled according to the respective orthography.
    • The title must not include artist names, featuring artists or versions (there are separate fields for this info).
    • The title must not include any additional info (e.g. about the release or song, track number, year, genre, explicit lyrics, BPM, producer, "summer hit", "hit song" etc.).
    • The title must not include any format info (e.g. single, ep, album, mixtape).
    • The title must not include any availability info (e.g. limited edition, exclusive, digital only, available on, now on iTunes).
    • The title must not include any translations (e.g. "The Love Song - Das Liebeslied").
    • The title must not be generic (e.g. Track 1, Beat 2, Title 3, Instrumental, New Song or Demo).
    • The release title has to match the title on the cover picture.
    • With releases including 1-3 songs, one of the song titles has to match the release title.
    • Titles with various parts or volumes have to be spelled like "Title X, Vol. 1" or "Title Y, Pt. 1".
    • If two or more songs are combined on one track, the single titles have to be separated by dash (e.g. Title X / Title Y).
    • For remixes the version "Remix" is mandatory. Additionally you can add the remixer in the song title as followed: "Song Title (Remix by XY)". Please make sure to follow the guidelines for remixes.
    • For "Language (Title)" enter the language of the title (not the language of the songs lyrics).
    • For "Language (Lyrics)" enter the language of the song lyrics (for songs without lyrics always "Instrumental").
    • Titles must not violate trademark, copyright and personal rights, or any other third parties' rights.
    • Titles must not be misleading in any way.


    Please follow all guidelines to avoid any delay or problems with the distribution of your music. If possible, wrong spellings will be corrected by us before the distribution.

    You can always change titles by a data revision.

  • We recommend to avoid unusual spellings and special characters in artist names to make sure publishing goes without problems and the songs can easily be found on the shops. To make sure your release is accepted by the shops, you have to follow these guidelines:

    • The artist name has to be distinctive and unique and must not be used by another artist or band already (also see What if my artist name is already used by someone else?).
    • Every artist name has to be entered in a separate field. Featuring Artists have to be entered in the according fields.
    • CAPITALS are not allowed.
    • The artist name must not include any additional info (e.g. aka, instrument, membership of a band, or other info about the artist).
    • The artist name must not be generic (e.g. John, J.D., Workout, Top Hits, Ultimate Charts, Super Karaoke, Instrumental Band or Vocal Artist).
    • If there are more than 3 artists on a release (not counting featuring artists), "Various Artists" has to be entered as artist on release level and the single artist names on track level.
    • Compound artists names (e.g. Ernie & Bert, Ernie and Friends, Ernie, Bert and the Muppets) are only allowed, if all artists always appear as a group and never separately.
    • Artist names must not violate trademark, copyright and personal rights, or any other third parties' rights.
    • Artist names must not be misleading in any way.


    Please follow all guidelines to avoid any delay or problems with the distribution of your music. If possible, wrong spellings will be corrected by us before the distribution.

    You can always change artist names by a data revision.

  • The cover picture has to be uploaded as JPG file with 3000x3000 pixels. The quality of the cover picture is very important for your sales success. To make sure your release is accepted by the shops, you have to follow these guidelines:

    • The cover pic must not include any blurry/pixelated pictures, graphics, texts, or collages. Cover pics with inferior quality will be rejected by the shops.
    • The cover pic must not include any additional info about the release (e.g. music genre, instruments, Summer Hit, Hit Single, Charity).
    • The cover pic must not include a tracklist or multiple song titles.
    • The cover pic must not include any contact info (e.g. internet address, email, phone number, social media links).
    • The cover pic must not include any format info (e.g. single, ep, album, mixtape, incl. booklet).
    • The cover pic must not include any availability info (e.g. limited edition, exclusive, digital only, available on, now on iTunes).
    • The cover pic must not include any info about other releases (e.g. the single to the album, CD logo).
    • The cover pic must not include any rights info (e.g. copyright, composer or songwriter names).
    • The cover pic must not include any shop logos or other trademarked logos.
    • The cover pic must not include pornography.
    • The cover pic must not include any names or pictures of artists or persons other than the involved artists.
    • Every release needs an individual cover pic.
    • The release title and artist name on the cover pic have to match the release info.
    • The cover pic must not violate trademark, copyright and personal rights, or any other third parties' rights.
    • The cover pic must not be misleading in any way.
    • If you use pictures or graphics from the Internet or stock libraries, you have to make sure you're authorized to edit and use them commercially and you own the respective usage rights.


    Please follow all guidelines to avoid any delay or problems with the distribution of your music. Cover pics with inferior quality will be rejected by the shops. You can find examples of good cover pics in our references.

    If you don't have a cover picture you can easily create one with our Cover Pic Creator during the upload process.

    You can always change the cover pic by a data revision.

  • Yes, you can enter your own label name during the upload. It will usually be displayed in the shops (exception: Beatport). If you don't have a label, it's automatically set to "YouTunez".

    You can also enter your label as publisher. If you don't enter a publisher, it's automatically set to "Manuscript" (for self-publisher/copyright control).

  • Releases containing content that's potentially harmful or inappropriate for youths have to be marked with "explicit lyrics" (adult content) during the upload. Even common swear words in titles or song lyrics have to be marked as such, otherwise the release will be rejected by the shops.

    If a song is available as "explicit version" and "clean version" (e.g. radio edit) the explicit title has to be marked as "explicit" and the clean version as "clean". "Clean" can only be used if an explicit version already exists.

  • During the upload you can select a prelisten start time, which is the time when a song preview starts playing on the shops (0-99 seconds from the beginning of the song). The prelisten start will be accepted by some shops (e.g. iTunes), other shops have fixed prelisten start times (e.g. Amazon). There is no guarantee for the prelisten start time.

  • When you use online shops like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google, Deezer etc. to sell your music, you also have to follow their guidelines, and so do we. That's why we'll automatically handle necessary changes for you, to assure your release is published and remains being published. If this is not possible, we'll contact you.

    To avoid changes in advance, please follow the guidelines for title, artist name and cover picture. Additionally, the genre, language (title), language (lyrics), explicit lyrics, songwriter, composer, publisher info etc. has to be correct. To avoid typically mistakes, please read the info for each field during the upload.

Publishing

  • Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google and Deezer usually take 1-3 days to publish a release. All other shops take about 1-3 weeks.

    We have no influence on the current processing times of the shops. We can't tell when exactly a release will be published on a certain shop. In exceptional cases publishing can be delayed, especially if you don't follow the guidelines for the title, artist name and cover picture.

    We can't guarantee a particular release date. To meet a certain release date, it's necessary to upload the release at least 4 weeks before the release date (ideally 4-6 weeks).

    If your release is not published within 4 weeks, please contact our support.

  • Go to "releases" in your account and select a release. You can see if the links to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google and Deezer are already available for the release. If you click on a shop you'll get the direct link to your release. You can find other shop links with by respective shops' search function.

    Not every shop link can be found immediately and automatically. Therefore, a link might not be up-to-date and your release could already be published on a shop, even if the link is not shown in your account yet.

  • A data revision is the correction of the meta data of a distributed release. This way, you can still correct titles, artist names, misspellings or change the cover picture. A data revision costs 10 € per release (incl. tax).

    The shops usually take 1-30 days for processing. We will immediately forward the data revision to the shops, but we have no influence on its effective realization. You should avoid several revisions for the same release.

    If a data revision is not processed by the shops within 6 weeks, please contact our support.

  • Your release will be available on the shops until you delete it. Release deletions are possible at any time, free of charge, and don't affect your existing flatrate.

    The shops usually take 1-30 days for processing. Until the release deletion is completed all incoming sales will be accounted as usually.

    If a release is still available 6 weeks after the deletion request, please contact our support.

  • Changing the audio files of a release is not possible. It's also not possible to add or delete songs/tracks. Instead, the release has to be deleted and replaced by a new release. To avoid this, please make sure you choose the correct audio files during the upload.

  • Music streaming is already more popular than downloads and important for spreading your music and your revenue. The exclusion of streaming is not possible because it would only lead to less sales success.

  • You can upgrade your flatrate if you need more releases. An upgrade is possible at any time to a flatrate of higher value.

    With the upgrade you order a new flatrate, that replaces the existing flatrate. Already existing releases will be transferred into the new flatrate at no cost. Unused releases from the old flatrate will expire in case of an upgrade.

    To upgrade, click on "My Flatrate" in your account. A downgrade to a lower flatrate is not possible.

  • If you need more than 5 releases each year, you can order the Label Flatrate multiple times. With 2x Label Flatrate you'll have 10 releases each year, with 3x Label Flatrate 15 releases etc. If you need more than 25 releases each year, please contact our support.

  • The artist profiles on the shops are automatically created by the shops. We currently have no influence on the info in your artist profile. However, some shops allow you to validate your artist profile so you can make changes. To do so, please contact the respective shops.

Sales

  • Your revenue per download and stream varies by shop and country. You always get 100% of the incoming sales revenue. That's about 10x more than with a regular record deal. Here's an example for a download on iTunes.

  • The shops set the exact sales price depending on the sales country. But you can set the price level for downloads:

    • Bargain (approx. 50%)
    • Cheap (approx. 80%)
    • Normal (100%, recommended)
    • Expensive (approx. 130%)
    • Premium (approx. 150%)

    "Expensive" and "premium" should only be used in exceptional cases. It's not possible to distribute releases for free.

  • You can view your current sales in your account at any time. We automatically display the sales data that is currently provided by the shops. We can't predict when sales will be reported to us.

    The sales data is divided into Preview and Settlement:

    The Preview shows the sales of the last 4-16 weeks on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google and Deezer. This way, you can monitor your current sales and measure the success of your promotion. The preview sales are updated daily and serve for orientation. Not all shops report preview sales and the reports are not always up-to-date. After 16 weeks the older sales disappear from the preview and will be accounted.

    The Settlement shows all already accounted sales and your revenue share. The settlement is updated monthly. However, it takes min. 4 months after the date of a sale until it is settled. In exceptional cases, and with smaller shops, the settlement can take up to 9 months. The revenue of the settlement will be added to your credit.

    NOTE: We can't verify the sales data provided by the shops. Preview sales are subject to correction by the shops (e.g. in case of payment error, chargeback, revocation, technical error or fraud). There is no legal entitlement to preview sales. Only the settlement shows actually paid sales. Since the shops have to account billions of downloads and streams every single day, delays may occur. We have no influence on such delays.

  • The settlement is updated monthly. However, it takes min. 4 months after the date of a sale until it is settled. When we receive a settlement the revenue is added to your credit. You can request the payout of your credit at any time after reaching at least 30 €. The payment will usually be made within 2-3 weeks (max. 60 days) to a bank account (Germany only) or via PayPal (worldwide). For PayPal the usual PayPal fees apply for the payout.

    If your payment is not received 60 days after the payout request, please contact our support.

  • When sales disappear from the preview, it’s because the Preview only shows the past 16 weeks. After 16 weeks the older sales disappear from the preview and will be accounted.

    The settlement is updated monthly. However, it takes min. 4 months after the date of a sale until it is settled.

    There is no legal entitlement to preview sales. Only the settlement shows actually paid sales.

  • Just place a test order of your release on iTunes. The download should appear in your preview within 1-3 days. Please be aware that sometimes sales are reported with delay. We have no influence on this.

  • You can set a certain release date for your release during the upload. If this date is at least 1-2 weeks in the future, your release will most likely be available as preorder on some download shops (e.g. iTunes, Amazon, Google).

    Preorders will be available as download on the release date and are reported as sales afterwards. If you want to get on the iTunes charts, you'll need as many preorders as possible.

    We have no influence on the availability as preorder, which depends on the shops. We recommended to upload your release 4-6 weeks before the release date.

  • Your audience is bigger than ever before. Besides the leading download and streaming services, we now also supply Facebook and Instagram with your music. Therefore, 3 Billion monthly active users of the social networks have the opportunity to share your music in their posts, photos or stories – and you get paid for each view. This also enables you to easily share and promote your music.

    The integration on Facebook and Instagram is still new, and is currently being tested and expanded. There is no claim to have your music available on Facebook and Instagram. According to Facebook, the first sales reports will be available at the end of 2020. We will then retrospectively account all your streams and add the credit to your account. The amount of money per stream is yet to be determined.

    The integration of Facebook and Instagram is an awesome opportunity for artists, bands, producers, and independent labels to share and spread their music, get more fans, and earn additional money. Therefore, it’s not possible to exclude Facebook and Instagram from the digital music distribution.

Legal

  • You keep all rights on your music. We only need the worldwide digital distribution right for the uploaded songs, during the time we distribute them. You're not allowed to distribute the same songs with another digital distributor at the same time to the same shops. But of course, you can still exploit your songs in every other way possible, like on CD, LP, as YouTube video, on Soundcloud or as download on your homepage.

  • You need the rights for all audio recordings ("master rights"), the permissions of all copyright owners (songwriter, composer, publisher), and the rights for the cover picture. If you use any content (such as audio recordings, samples, melodies, lyrics, compositions, artist names, trademarks, logos, graphics, pictures, photos) of others, you need to get the permission from the rights' owner. You're not allowed to use this content without the respective permission.

    You are responsible and liable for owing all rights for the content you upload. We recommend to get a written permission from all rights owners to avoid legal problems. By uploading your release, you confirm to own all necessary rights and permissions and that no third parties' rights are violated. If case of rights violations you are fully liable.

  • You can use our service with or without joining a royalty collection society. Joining usually makes sense when your music is already selling a lot, regularly playing on radio, or being licensed for bigger projects. For newcomers we don't recommend joining a collecting society.

    The royalty payments are processed by the shops to the collection societies. If you have any questions about royalty collection, please refer to your countries' royalty collection society.

  • 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.

  • For remixes the version "Remix" is mandatory. Additionally you can add the remixer in the song title as followed: "Song Title (Remix by XY)".

    To release a remix, where you don't own all rights to the original song, you need the written permission from the label (to use the original recordings) and the copyright owners (for editing the lyrics and composition). Using third party content without the respective usage rights is a criminal offense.

    The same applies to DJ mixes, but for every single song. That's why we don't distribute DJ mixes.

  • You can only upload cover version, when you have the permission of the copyright owners. Furthermore, 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.
    • You have to choose "Cover Version" in the version field during the upload.
    • 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 versions will be accepted by the shops. Some shops reject cover versions, if there are already too many versions of the same song.

  • Each artist name has to be distinctive and unique and can not be in use by another artist or band already. Before using our service, you have to check if your artist name is already in use by another artist or band (e.g. by search on Google, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube). The usage of small and capital letters or special characters is legally not sufficient to make an artist name distinctive and unique.

    If your artist name is already in use, your releases will be added to the already existing artist profile in the shops and can be deleted at any time. Furthermore, you could be violating name or trademark rights and therefore be legally liable. There is no entitlement for an own artist profile with an already existing artist name of another party.

    Please change your artist name immediately if it's already in use. Make sure the new artist name is distinctive and unique. If the artist name is used on your cover pictures, they have to be changed as well. If you think you own the artist name rights, please contact a lawyer.

    You can always change artist names by a data revision.

  • Please refer to your local tax authority. For newcomers we recommend to take care of selling your music first and taking care of taxes afterwards.

Other

  • Please contact our support. Describe your problem precisely, so we can help you asap (e.g. your release title, internet browser, shop links etc.).

  • We distribute all music styles. You can choose from hundreds of different musical genres. The only exception is "Classical" (such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert). The shops have special requirements for this genre and classical releases often get rejected, because there are already too many cover versions. That's why we don't distribute "Classical" music.

    If you choose "Soundtrack" there has to be a movie or film to the soundtrack.

    We can't accept releases with Asian, Arabian or Cyrillic letters. If the titles are displayed in Latin script, we will distribute them to all shops, except iTunes. iTunes has special rules for these languages.

  • Our promotion tools can help you sell your releases. They are self-explaining and can be created and embedded with a few clicks, and without any technical skills. You can find more info on promotion.

  • To account your sales every song needs an ISRC and every release needs an EAN (or UPC) for identification. All required codes are already included in your flatrate, so you don't have to worry about the codes.

    You'll find the codes in your account under "releases" after the release was distributed by us. You can also use these codes for your CD or vinyl production as long as the release is identical.

    If you have your own ISRC codes you can enter them during the upload (only with Label Flatrate). For digital releases it's important that every song/track has a new ISRC, even for re-releases. Unlike with physical releases, the ISRC can't be used multiple times for the same song. ISRCs that are used twice will be replaced by us.

  • The LC is not required for online music distribution. Since we don't have any rights on your recordings, we can't provide an LC. If you need an LC, please refer to the performing rights society for your country.

  • Yes. Audio books can be uploaded just like regular music releases and should be divided into several tracks (or chapters) with max. 10 minutes playtime. The total playtime should not exceed 120 minutes. The track titles have to begin with "Chapter 1: Title X" or "Part 1: Title Y". During the upload you have to select "Audiobook" as genre and enter the authors' name as songwriter and composer. The total number of tracks also reflects on the sales price. Audio books are usually not distributed to streaming portals.

  • We're a digital music distribution service and don't offer physical distribution such as CDs and LPs. By that we save production, packaging, storage and delivery costs and remain eco-friendly.

    The distribution of music videos is still very expensive but the revenue remains very low. We recommend to upload your music videos for promotional purposes on YouTube and other social media platforms. You should include at least one shop link in the video description.

  • Beatport only publishes certain music genres ("Dance" and "Electronic") and reserves the right to reject releases without giving any reason. Beatport will publish all releases with "YouTunez" as label.

  • Your sales success depends on the quality of your music, cover picture and your promotion. Here you'll find some helpful music distribution tips.