Bumping releases across manually should be relatively simple.
- Find out how quickly tracks can be taken down at your original distributor. I think it’s 1–2 weeks to be gone from all services. Spotify takes two business days.
- Find out how quickly tracks can go live on your new distributor. (It might be a little longer for the first one, so keep that in mind.)
- IMPORTANT! Write down/track all the ISRC numbers and meta data for all releases. This allows the outlets to associate the new track with the play numbers, etc… from the previous version. With incorrect ISRC or meta data, services might reject the upload.
- Get your releases uploaded and ready in the new/destination distributor – possibly setting a delayed release date so the new versions are definitely released after the previous versions have been taken down. (Be sure to re-use the original ISRC numbers)
- Pull the trigger on the takedown.
- Pull the trigger on submitting the new releases/versions. (You might want to wait until they’re all gone from the stores/services first.)
Note: If you decide you trigger the new distributor re-releases after they’ve disappeared from the stores/services, you can expect to be down 2–3 weeks. That’s probably not going to matter to not-yet-megastars such as us.
Still, keep it in mind if you’re timing it for promotion.
I’ve got some older stuff on a 2-artist Distrokid account, and have been meaning to move it out for a while.
How Much Does It Cost? – DistroKid Help Center
- Musician: 1 band/artist, $19.99/year
- Musician Plus: 2 bands/artists, $35.99/year (save 10%)
- Label 5: 5 bands/artists, $79.99/year (save 20%)
- Label 10: 10 bands/artists, $139.99/year (save 30%)
- Label 20: 20 bands/artists, $239.99/year (save 40%)
- Label 50: 50 bands/artists, $599.99/year (save 40%)
- Label 100: 100 bands/artists, $1199.99/year (save 40%)
For more recent stuff, I’ve used Level Music.
$20/y for 5 primary artists. (I’ve used two so far, but plan to use more, especially as I plan to bring across my Distrokid releases.)
Interface is easy, you can set custom ISRC – which means you can replace tracks like-for-like.
Similarly, you can identify if it a track’s been released before, and set the original release date.
If you’re aiming for a multi-artist option, it’s worth knowing that all the releases appear on a single ‘Releases’ page, i.e. no separate page for each artist, in case that matters.
Fwiw, Level Music lists ‘catalog transfer’ as part of the service, but I haven’t tried that yet and don’t know how they handle it.
I couldn’t find any info in their support section, so you might need to reach out with a support question. (Consider reaching out on Twitter. It might be easier/quicker).
(tbh, I’ve had some issues with their support in the past, but nothing catastrophic. Just annoying.)
If you attempt to release an existing track on a second distributor, using the original ISRC… don’t know.
Otherwise, you can release different tracks for the same artist. If there’s more than one artist on spotify, etc… with the same name, they’ll typically show them all and you identify the one that’s you.
Only difference might be if you’ve used an auto-generated ISRC on the newer tracks. Some distributors use certain character sequences in their generated ISRC codes. Listeners won’t notice/care.
Yup. Functionally, they use a subscription-like model. They keep it up for as long as you subscribe, and serve as the recipient for all royalties, payments, etc…
Fwiw, Distrokid offers a ‘Leave a legacy’ service…
For subscription services, the tracks might disappear temporarily in the time between the old one being taken down and the new one going live. If it’s saved in a playlist, it’ll be greyed out until it is available again on the service.
For downloads, no difference. They’ve bought the download. They’ll still have it on their machines/devices.