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TuneCore vs CD Baby

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SINCE 2006, TUNECORE ARTISTS HAVE EARNED OVER $1.8 BILLION.

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Music Distribution

TuneCore CD Baby

Album Setup Fee*

$29.99

$29

Single Setup Fee*

$9.99

$9.95

Artist Payout

100%

91%

Commission

0%

9%

*Setup fees only apply to the first year of distribution. See pricing page for more details.

TUNECORE SUCCESS STORIES


"...It's helped me tremendously in my career because obviously now I have the lifestyle where I'm actually able to monetize off of what I love to do and what I'm passionate about. Literally, I make a living making music and it's the greatest thing in the world."

Devvon Terrell, TuneCore artist since 2014

"At the center of our crazy dreams for this band is just a want to connect with the folks listening to our music - to move people, whether they’re in the same room, or across the world. Tunecore has made that a possibility, and also a much simpler process."

Dakota Jones, TuneCore artist since 2016

"TuneCore has made [my success] possible just because I'm completely independent. I have no management, I have no agents or label telling me what to do or telling me where to go or what the next step is and giving me ideas...I love being independent."

M. Maggie, TuneCore artist since 2015

TUNECORE VS CD BABY

TuneCore vs. CD Baby: Who pays artists more?
TuneCore takes 0% commission, which means you keep 100% of the revenue you earn from digital streaming and downloads. CD Baby, however, takes a 9% commission on artists’ revenue.

TuneCore vs. CD Baby: Who helps me collect songwriter royalties worldwide?
TuneCore’s Publishing Administration services help songwriters collect royalties worldwide, while CD Baby’s Publishing Administration services only collects from U.S. and Canada.

TuneCore vs. CD Baby: Who helps me earn more revenue through sync licenses?
TuneCore pays 80-85% of sync licenses secured to Publishing Administration artists, while CD Baby only pays songwriters 60% of their sync licenses.

TuneCore vs. CD Baby: Who gets my music into more online stores?
TuneCore delivers your music to 150+ digital music stores and streaming platforms worldwide. On top of services like Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music, TuneCore has partnered with key platforms globally to help independent artists increase their reach and build fanbases.

TuneCore vs. CD Baby: Who is providing more artist services?
TuneCore’s suite of Artist Services help artists build their careers, whether it’s getting reviews of new releases from real music fans, cover song licensing, professional mastering, or CD duplication. TuneCore’s Facebook Music (Instagram and Facebook monetization) service is free to opt-in to.

TuneCore vs. CD Baby: Who helps me earn more money on YouTube?
Unlike some competitors, with TuneCore, $9.99 gets you unlimited song registration for YouTube Sound Recording revenue collection with a 20% commission. CD Baby takes 30% commission on all revenue you earn on YouTube.