I have used AWAL, and also worked with other labels who've used them, and I have no complaints about them at all -
in fact their transparency, accuracy and responsiveness when accounting is quite exemplary.
They do take a 15% cut of sales revenue, but then again Her Majesty the Queen takes a 17.5% cut of it, and did I vote for her??? DID I??? I mean "Queen", eh, how did she get that then? I'll tell you how! By exploiting the masses! By clinging to outmoded dogma! Let me tell you something: Supreme Executive Power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.
I mean, if I started calling myself an emperor, just because my grandfather's 3rd cousin was the Elecktor of Hamburg and had died of teritary syphilis, they'd put me away!
- Cheap as feck (less than $7.95 for a 3 track single onto 7 stores
- Reliable and fast (tracks up in less than 4 wks)
- 100% of sales to you
- Responsive to enquiries
- No metadata on any store (blank pages with MP3's wee www.rhapsody.com/tinpotoperation )
- Tracks went up at different times and were available before release date.
- If you only sell 10 or so MP3's the cost is actually 100% of your sales.
- Apparently sonikdUB are like // the better than him/ bands beware// :)
NOT THAT SORT of metadata Feline1 - they provide ISRC and USPC barcodes and report fully to IMRO - infact we get an extra 1c everytime someone streams a track on Rhapsody too, above the standard royalties.
When these companies push your songs onto the various stores, what control do you have for later editing? Do you have to pay them again to add/edit content on those profiles or do you receive direct access yourself?
[quote:fb6edd590d="Sansie"]With AWAL I think you have to sign a contract with them, but not sure how the others work.
well of course you have to sign a contract with them!
How else could somebody legally distribute your recordings unless you'd formally authorized them to?
You might as well just throw them in a bin and stick a notice on it saying "FREE MUSIC! PLEASE RIP ME OFF! PS. I AM A LOON!"
[quote:5489178a62="fastfude"]When these companies push your songs onto the various stores, what control do you have for later editing? Do you have to pay them again to add/edit content on those profiles or do you receive direct access yourself?[/quote:5489178a62]
With AWAL, the onus is on you to supply all the correct audio, metadata, lyrics, cover artwork, etc etc, in the the first place.
They will then use this as appropriate when placing your stuffs on various outlets.
By the way - it should be WHOM do you recommend.
I cannot see how the scene can benefit from this slovenly grammar.
[quote:5e677862c0]The service works best for 1) established artists who already have name recognition and just need inexpensive distribution and 2) unknowns who can't get a deal any other way. Labels continue to provide a valuable service for artists who fall between these two categories: they offer a promise that a discerning pair of ears have listened to and approved the music in question.[/quote:5e677862c0]
I thought i would add to this as i have used Tunecore and www.dittomusic.com over the last 18 months.
The problem with tunecore was that 90% of their sites are US ones and they dont seem to do many.
It also took around 8 weeks to get onto iTunes and i wasnt at all sure when it was going live.
Ditto gave me a fixed release date and it was up in four weeks, it was also chart eligible.
Another thing Ditto do is put you on pre release so that you can sell pre orders before you are on sale.
I think Ditto are cheaper now with a £25 package covering 50 sites.
It was a bit more expensive when i used them but i did go out to 700 sites, music and video
I havent used Awal but i had the same problem with them as CDbaby which was them taking a percentage of earnings.