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May 7, 2015

Choosing Our Digital Distribution Partner

When we released our new EP last July, I was hesitant to jump on the iTunes/Spotify bandwagon. Not only is digital distribution a bit of a buzzkill for anyone who prefers analog formats, but most of the models just didn’t fit our needs.

The Regular Players Weren’t Right for Us

If you’ve done any research on the subject, you’ll find that CD Baby and Tunecore are the most recognized brand names. Neither product seemed like a good deal.

Tunecore charges $49.99/year to keep your music online (after a low introductory-offer). This basically ensures that once sales of album fall below a certain number, it doesn’t make financial sense to keep the music available online.

CD Baby charges a $59 one-time fee to distribute an album. While this feels like a better deal than Tunecore — since the music is available in perpetuity — sixty bucks is enough to make you think twice about what to distribute and when.

A Better Model?

In the end, I decided to use Distrokid. For $19.99/year, we can distribute unlimited tracks to all the major retailers. Even if we released something every other year, we’d still be ahead of CD Baby’s more expensive model.

Distrokid’s list of retailers is significantly shorter than the competition, but frankly, I’ve never heard of any of the hundreds of other partners listed on the competition’s marketing materials.

High Plains Drifter EP Now Available at Your Favorite Digital Music Store

Previously only available at our online store, and at live performances, you can now download or stream our album from: