DistroKid FAQ

Top 10 Questions I get asked about releasing music with DistroKid (updated June 2020)

Watch the video about my 10 most asked questions.

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DistroKid’s Support Center will always have the most up to date information, and if your question is not answered on their page, you can contact DistroKid.

(Note – this information is provided in good faith, however I am not a representative of DistroKid, and information may change without notice)

  1. Why is my album art rejected?
    • Stores (and DistroKid) have some requirements when it comes to album art
    • Typical reasons are that the image is not high resolution (at least 1,000 x 1,000 pixels), contains unrelated text, uses blurry or low quality images, uses stock or unlicensed photos, or contains graphic or inappropriate images
    • Check DistroKid’s album art requirements on their FAQ for more
  2. Why is my audio file rejected?
    • Audio must be in a standard media codec, and DistroKid supports WAV, MP3, AIFF, CDDA, M4A, Windows Media (WMA), or FLAC
    • Supported bit depth and sample rates are either 16-bit or 24-bit, and 44.1kHz to 96kHz
    • 32-bit or 192kHz audio may not be accepted, and compressed formats (MP3, M4A) are not recommended due to the fact that stores and streaming platforms will compress your files again
    • Check DistroKid’s audio file information on their FAQ for more
  3. Can I release cover songs?
    • Yes, you can, however it will cost an additional $12 per year, and there are a number of things to consider before releasing.
    • Check DistroKid’s cover song information on their FAQ for more
  4. Can I use samples in my songs?
    • The short answer is no, unless you have permission or a specific license to do so
    • Loops and samples that are free for commercial use, like those included in GarageBand, are generally fine to use in your songs
    • Check DistroKid’s sample information on their FAQ
  5. When will my song be released?
    • Times vary depending on a number of factors, but generally you’re looking at around 5-7 days to hit all stores and streaming platforms
    • Manual reviews are possible at times which will lengthen this time, and I’ve found Spotify tend to take longest, while Google Play/YouTube is usually very quick
    • Currently (June 2020) there are additional delays reported of up to 6 weeks as I mention in this video
    • Check DistroKid’s release time information on their FAQ
  6. How can I edit a released song?
    • You can use the edit release option to change the album title, record label, release date, track names and preview clip times for existing releases
    • Artist names can NOT be changed – streaming service don’t allow this, and won’t let you re-upload a song with a new artist name if all other meta data matches
    • Check DistroKid’s change request information on their FAQ
  7. How can I remove/delete a song?
    • Use the “edit release” option and then choose the “remove” option
    • If you need to change the audio file, track order, or other meta data (apart from artist name, which can’t be changed), you can re-release once deleted
    • Check DistroKid’s delete release information on their FAQ
  8. Why do I need to provide tax information?
  9. How and when do I get paid?
    • Payments can be made by a number of methods depending on your country, with PayPal being the most widely available, especially for those outside the US
    • Payments are made usually 3 months after a sale or stream, due to the reporting delays between the stores and DistroKid
    • Information about payments is available in the “Bank” section in DistroKid, and you can see streaming stats for Spotify and Apple Music in the stats section if you have a Musician Plus account.
    • Check DistroKid’s information about how and when you get paid on their FAQ
    • Check DistroKid’s payment options information on their FAQ
  10. How do I contact DistroKid directly?

 

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