Album Setup // Uploading Music

How Long Does It Take for My Album to Be Available in Stores?

DistroKid sends your music to stores almost immediately. The stores vary in how long they take to make it live. If it's important that your album go live on a specific date, click here to read about release dates. Otherwise, by default, your release will go live according to the...

What Stores Will My Music Appear In?

You can specify for your music to appear in any or all of the following stores: Spotify iTunes Apple Music Amazon.com Google Play Deezer YouTube Music Pandora ClaroMusica TIDAL Microsoft Groove (formerly Xbox and Zune) 150+ other outlets through MediaNet, such as these These stores cover the vast majority of...

Can I Add A Featured Artist to My Track?

Absolutely! Just make sure it is listed like this: Example with 1 featured artist: Under Pressure (feat. David Bowie) Example with 2 featured artists: Shortie Like Mine (feat. Chris Brown & Johnta Austin) Example with 3 featured artists: Sweetest Girl (feat. Akon, Lil Wayne & Niia) Adding a featured artist...

Can I Upload Cover Songs?

Yes. To upload a cover, make sure to click "Another artist wrote it" on DistroKid's upload form, in the "Cover song" section. DistroKid charges a fee of $1 per month (paid annually, so $12 billed to your credit card) to manage each cover song for you. We will: Obtain license(s)...

My Music Contains Sampling from Other Songs. Is That Okay?

DistroKid can help with covers. DistroKid cannot help with samples. What's the difference? Sampling Sampling is when you use the actual recording of another artist's performance. For example, if you use the 1971 recording of Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks" as your drum track. That's generally not legal, unless...

Can I Upload Songs That Are in the Public Domain?

Public Domain is a tricky issue. Although the original written music is no longer protected by copyright when a song is in the public domain, there are still copyrights that apply to recordings and other issues. Public domain songs are not inherently free of all copyright protections. Due to the...

Can I Specify a Release Date?

Yes, if you have a "musician plus" or "label" plan. If you already have a DistroKid account and want to upgrade, sign in and click "upgrade." You can use a release date from the past, in order to reflect a previously released album or single. Click here for more information...

Can I Set My Own Prices?

Yes! In iTunes & Google Play. If you have the Musician Plus or Label plan, you can set your iTunes and Google Play track and/or album price. If you don't specify your price (and for non-iTunes/Google Play stores) your music will sell for whatever the stores' default pricing is. For...

Languages

You can upload a Spanish (for example) album, and then upload an English (or any other language) album with the same DistroKid account. However! Please don't mix languages -- all tracks need to be recorded in the selected language (whatever language you've selected on the DistroKid upload form). Make sure...