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It can seem like music sharing platforms are being created every day and it can be difficult to make sure your music is being shared in the most effective ways, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the more popular ways to share and distribute your music to help you make the right decisions – some for free, others paid.
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A music catalogue, CD and digital audio download distribution system that makes your tracks available to Australian community radio stations, and allows you to track where the music is being played etc. AirIt also enables like-minded stations to share music discoveries, and charts their progress.
Allowing you to be a part of one of the fastest growing catalogues of licensed music in the world, by having your music on Spotify you earn a royalty when your music is played. Participating labels and artists can also access reporting, though you will need an aggregator.
Uploading sounds to SoundCloud lets you easily share them privately with friends or publicly to blogs, sites and social networks, as well as allowing downloads of your tracks, the sharing of others and the creation of playlists, all without the need for an aggregator.
With a successful application to iTunes, your music can be accessed on the world’s largest online music store. The use of an aggregator is required.
Providing a forum for original content creators and advertisers, YouTube is oriented towards video/promo clips but is increasingly being used as a platform to showcase songs as well.
A music recommendation service that allows users to discover more music based on the songs they play. Create your own profile to share your music and connect it to similar artists for others to discover.
On Bandcamp, fans can listen to your music and pay as they like, with the minimum set by you. They then get unlimited streaming access via the free Bandcamp app plus an optional high-quality download, which you can also offer for free in exchange for their email address to build your contacts database.
Offering handpicked independent music, Earbits is curated by a team of music experts. You won’t find the usual mainstream stuff here, but if you’re wanting to be discovered then you can make submissions direct.
A social jukebox with over 30 million songs to discover and share. Follow other artists and share your own music through an aggregator to upload to Rdio.
A unique and grass roots experience, the music thread of Reddit is a personal way to share your music and get a real feel for the reception and reaction to your sounds.
A whole profile building site, Sonicbids enables you to post your music, build an EPK, list gigs and is used by a number of festivals as their standard platform for applications.
Unique to electronic artists and DJs, Beatport allows you to upload your mix, with the option to sell or share in a system that is market and genre orientated and sees high profile artists promoting their favourites.
Further attempting to rise again, MySpace has transitioned into a music-sharing platform, based around encouraging connection through mutual affinity for the purpose of shaping, sharing and discovering what’s next.
Nurturing a growing ecosystem where talented folks can sell songs and merchandise directly to their fans, The Sixtyone is almost game like in style and allows listeners to decide what’s good, and with higher sales cuts back to the artist than many other platforms.
AGGREGATORS/ONLINE MUSIC DISTRIBUTORS
Online music distributers are designed to make submitting your music to multiple major online retailers an easier process. Many of the ones listed above only accept submissions from such services, plus they can save time submitting to many that do allow artists to submit. Generally termed ‘aggregators’, they vary between taking cuts of your subsequent royalties to ones that take one off payments from you, the artist.