Album Setup // Uploading Music

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

It can take 1-2 business days for albums to be reviewed, approved, and sent to stores. 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 once ingested by stores 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 (For more info, click HERE.) ClaroMusica Saavn TIDAL iHeartRadio Napster 150+ other outlets through MediaNet, such as these These stores cover the vast...

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 $12 per year, renewed annually, to manage each cover song for you. We will: Obtain license(s) Pay the original songwriter(s) every month Keep...

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?

Any Song or Musical Work Published in 1922 or earlier is in the Public Domain in the USA. As long as there is no current copyright on the original work, it's probably OK, but public domain can be a tricky issue. Public domain songs are not inherently free of all...

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, Google Play & Amazon.com track and/or album price. If you don't specify your price (and for non-iTunes/Google Play/Amazon.com stores) your music will sell for whatever the stores' default pricing is....