Record companies used to be the only ticket to the music industry. It’s now easier than ever for struggling musicians to distribute their music and video content. DistroKid, an independent music distribution firm, has launched a new music video distribution service called DistroVid, allowing any artist to upload an unlimited number of music videos to Apple Music, Amazon Music, TIDAL and Vevo.
The company also noted that more digital service providers will come online in the coming months. According to DistroVid Web site, the service also extends to YouTube. Membership costs $99 per year and users can add additional artists for $49.99 per year.
“Many streaming services have started playing music videos in addition to audio, but until now there hasn’t been a good way for independent artists to upload their music videos to these services,” said Philip Kaplan, founder and CEO of DistroKid. statement. “Our new music video service called DistroVid makes it easy and affordable for independent artists to post their music videos everywhere.”
The new service could help make video distribution easier for independent artists, as video distribution services such as Symphonic and Ditto Music typically charge a one-time fee of $95 to $99 per music video download. With DistroVid, artists pay the same price once a year and can upload an unlimited number of music videos. In addition, DistroKid pays artists 100% of their earnings, while some competitors pay 70%.
From an artist’s point of view, DJ Hoppa said that DistroVid will be a “game changer” for independent labels and artists. “I’ve always stressed the importance of music videos for every artist we’ve worked with – videos really help potential fans connect with both the artist and their music,” said DJ Hoppa, founder of Broken Complex. “Until now, it has been expensive and difficult to add my music videos to streaming services, which has meant that our fans have to switch between different apps to see them. DistroVid changes all that. The new tool makes it easy and inexpensive to upload as many videos as I want and then send them directly to where fans are already listening to my music. DistroVid will be a game changer for my independent label and for independent artists around the world.”
Video distribution service tested for the first time last month. Some DistroKid performers have criticized the company for the annual price. DistroKid tweeted the response:
DistroKid originally planned to charge non-members $129 per year. However, this is no longer displayed on the site.
Another option available is PeekSound, which charges artists $80 per year for unlimited music videos, $19 less than DistroVid. The catch is that PeekSound does not distribute music videos on TIDAL and charges extra for Apple Music and Vevo. In addition, artists must upload videos to their YouTube profiles themselves. PeekSound users receive 100% royalties.
DistroKid was founded in 2013 and currently serves about two million artists. The music distribution company was one of the few trendsetters to switch from a pay-per-release model to an annual-pay model. Recently competed with TuneCore revised pricing structure for the first time in 16 years to get closer to DistroKid’s pricing structure.
Last year, DistroKid received investments from software investor Insight Partners, which values the company at $1.3 billion. The company also introduced two programs in 2021. One of them is called “DistroKid Upstream” for streaming data exchange, and the other – Twitch Partner Program.
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