The Beginner’s Guide to Releasing Your Music for Only $20/Year

Releasing your music to the public used to such a hassle. You would have to get the record out to the distributors and have to get radio play to become a popular artist. But with the invention of Social Media, SoundCloud and all these streaming platforms, releasing your music and building up your fanbase has never been easier.


In this post I want to tackle the topic of releasing music for only $20/year. When I first found out about this, it blew my mind. I literally thought it was a scam. I told myself that there was no way in hell that anyone would allow artists to release their music for only $20/year. So I started to ask artists I knew about this and surprisingly, many of them already knew about it. They trusted the platform so I decided to give it a try with my artist. And to this day we use the platform.


The website I am talking about is DistroKid . Basically, DistroKid is like Tunecore and CD Baby but much cheaper and honestly much more user friendly.


Uploading Your Music

Uploading to DistroKid is the easiest thing in the world. The first thing you’re going to have to do is sign up for an account and pay the yearly membership fee of $20. This will allow you to start uploading your tracks or projects.


Step 2 is selecting which streaming platforms you want your music to be released on. DistroKid gives you the option to upload to the following platforms.

  • Apple Music
  • Spotify
  • ITunes
  • Instagram & Facebook (BETA)
  • Google Play & Youtube Music
  • Amazon
  • Pandora
  • Deezer
  • Tidal
  • Napster (BETA)
  • IHeartRadio (BETA)
  • ClaroMusica
  • Saavn
  • Anghami (BETA)
  • KKBox (BETA)
  • And 150+ more smaller platforms

This gives you the ability to upload wherever you want with no issue whatsoever and no extra cost.


After that you will simply have to fill out the information they require from you (Number of songs, Artist Name, Release Date, iTunes Preorder, Album Cover, Title, etc). Once all of the information is filled out you can click upload and it gets sent off to all the platforms and it usually takes about 2 days for the song to be processed and uploaded everywhere.


It really is as simple as that. This makes the life of up and coming artists on a budget really easy.


I hope this article was helpful and informative. Please leave your thoughts in the comments (both negative and positive). I’m open to all criticism and ideas for new topics.

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