1990 saw little change in the music industry from its 1960s glory days, when corporate giants like RCA and Capitol controlled the scene and artists were little more than a roach that could be crushed under their boots (and capitalized on, naturally). However, there were some changes in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles by 1995. Listeners were not just looking for new music, but they were also openly rebelling against the mainstream and choosing to listen to obscure and unreleased labels.
They were aware of the shift, but they still balked at the idea that it could not overthrow their monolithic power structures. They were wrong.
The method of music distribution was one of many areas that corporate music gods had control over. Traditional music distribution was done through complex pipelines that involved many industry friends and partners and a lot of postage. Distribution was expensive, slow, and heavy. Even after compact discs were invented, most record stores were about the same size as warehouses.
The widespread adoption of the internet and the new era in digital music distribution was the decisive blow to the corporate hold on music. It has probably seemed new to most professional musicians, and many artists are still learning about digital music distribution.
What is Digital Music Distribution?
Digital music distribution can be described as the simple act of hiring a team to distribute your music online. This service is offered by some companies, which charge a very reasonable fee and place your product in more than 750 stores around the world. Some even offer it in European languages.
Digital music distribution is the best way to sell your music online. Although many artists who are struggling try to reach out to companies directly to request inclusion on their digital shelves, this is impossible. Like many industries, it is better for artists to get in touch with people in the field, in this instance, those involved in digital music distribution Letsmix.
First, find a company that can provide you with digital distribution to enable your music to be sold online. There are many companies that can do this, with each having its strengths and weaknesses. It is a good idea for music distributors to look for one that can distribute to more than 700 online retailers. This is the most common distribution method. This is not possible for every company so it is important to find one that can distribute music to as many online retailers as possible.
Digital music distribution is essential to sell your music online. A distributor that provides excellent customer service is also necessary. No matter which company you choose, make sure you can reach customer service representatives by both phone and mail, preferably the same day. Sometimes this can be difficult to find. Many companies are fully automated. Avoid selecting a distributor whose customer service phone number is connected directly to an automated system. If you have an urgent need for UPC codes, this will not be helpful. This brings us to another important point: make sure your distributor is able to provide you with UPC or ISRC codes. It is not a good idea to pay for the service and then find out that you will need to pay again to obtain a sales code.