My CD with Pere Soto is now on CD Baby. Since we are still looking for the right label to release it and didn't want to pay to press it ourselves we decided to release it in digital form. CD Baby distributes the music to sites like iTunes, Rhapsody, Yahoo, ect.
Oasis on CD Baby
All you have to do is send CD Baby one finished and mastered CD, the liner notes, and cover artwork and they will make a page so you can sell digital downloads.
I know a lot of musicians who have had great results with CD Baby and it's really a no-brainer. There is really nothing to lose by putting your CD on CD Baby. You can even burn just a couple of CDs at a time and make more as they sell. They will even give you a credit card machine to take payments at your gigs.
I went to their open house a couple of months ago and got a chance to talk to a lot of musicians who are on CD Baby. One producer said that even though she has distribution through three major labels CD Baby sells more CDs than all of them combined. There is even now a HostBaby for websites and Filmbaby for independent films. They have a great business model and they're good people who really care about getting independent artists in the game.
No matter what your marketing strategy is for your CD it can't hurt to sign up for CD Baby also. Here is their digital distribution deal:
* Think of it like traditional physical distribution:
o You are the label. (You own the music and all rights.)
o The retail store is now Apple iTunes, Rhapsody, Yahoo, ringtone companies, etc.
o CD Baby is just the distributor that gets your music to the retailer.
o They pay us. We pay you.
* We do not take any rights to your music. This is not a record deal.
* You are just “lending” us the right to be your digital distributor, for the albums you tell us distribute, for as long as you want.
* You can cancel at any time. We will never tie up your rights or make it hard for you to leave.
* NO startup cost. This is a free service for CD Baby members.
* We keep only 9% and pay you 91% of all income from your music.
* You always get paid the week after we do.
It's NON-Exclusive, but...
* Just like in the physical world, there can't be more than one distributor bringing the same album to the same store. Otherwise, when the album sells, how would the store know which distributor to pay?
* We will never prevent you from doing anything you want with your music.
CD Baby website