Just when you thought that I could only talk about Last Rites, I'm throwing a curveball at you. Just the other day I realized to my horror that my album Fractals - the one and only worst selling album of ALL TIME - was no longer available by mp3 on Amazon. Knowing that most folks buy mp3s and stream music (and amazon mp3 is not at the top of most folks radars in that regard), I figured I had to do something about it. Which leads me to the next part.
I am test driving a free digital distribution service called Routenote. I by no means am getting paid for saying anything about it, but I thought that it would be good to give an open an honest account of what this service is like just in case anyone, like me, finds themselves in the need of digital distribution.
So basically, the service touts itself as free digital distribution so that means nothing paid up front. This is in contrast to CDBaby which I have used for digital distribution for my other releases. Some services charge upwards of $29 to do distribution. So why does Routenote do it for free?
The only reason that I can see is that the free service has a 15% commission on all royalties, which really doesn't bother me - 15% of zero is still zero right? Well, hopefully there will be someone out there buying it. They do offer a Premium service where you pay a fee and you keep 100% of your royalties, but even that is less than what other services charge with a commission.
So, which means the difference must be in service and how well they do their job which is why I am writing this post. I don't know how well they do their job and so far, I can't say yay or nay. When I compare to using CDBaby, it feels less put together. It isn't as polished as I think that it could be. So far I don't see any evidence that it has made it to any shops except iTunes which is usually quick. I'll give you all an update as I go along.
I am eyeing this service for my Last Rites releases Divine Intimacy and Renatus. On the one hand, I want to have my music available for free - which it is if you go to the bandcamp or SoundCloud sites - but I am thinking about trying to increase exposure particularly through streaming services like Spotify. I could end up with some residual income from Last Rites going that route, but I am giving all of that to charity. If people really want it for free, it is available.
Anyway, as Fractals becomes live and I get more exposure to how well Routenote works, I'll let everyone know.
I hope everyone has a good Holy Week!
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