ReverbNation has always impressed me with their breadth of online promotion tools for bands. If you haven’t set up an account with them, I’d seriously consider giving their service a try.
One service they lacked was digital distribution — they used to have a deal with SnoCap, but as we all know, SnoCap SUCKED. (Poor service, something like a 50% commission fee for all sales, etc etc.) But now, ReverbNation offers digital disctribution! Here are some key details:
- RETAILERS INCLUDED: iTunes Worldwide, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster, and Amazon.
- ARTIST ROYALTIES: Artists keep 100% of the royalties (ReverbNation doesn’t take a cut; actual payouts vary by retailer).
- PRICING: $34.95 per album per year (Compared to $41.73 for TuneCore, and $55.00 for CD Baby).
- MANAGEMENT TOOLS: Detailed sales stats provided, and ReverbNation’s promo tools are plugged in.
- ISRC & UPC #: Both can be created for you if you don’t have one.
A few things the service can’t do – thought this is the case for most distributoin services:
- SINGLE DOWNLOADS: Can’t accept and upload single songs (You can upload a single song, but you would have to pay the "album price" to do it).
- PRICE CONTROL: Can’t control song pricing.
- SOUNDSCAN: Sales are not reported to SoundScan.
- PHYSICAL GOODS: You can’t sell CDs or merch through this service.