Monthly Archives September 2019

Your fans can now stream your music on Amazon in CD-quality

Amazon creates Amazon Music HD for high-resolution streaming. Amazon Music has become the first of the three major streaming services to offer its library in lossless CD quality, a considerable step up compared to the compressed (or “’lossy”) files of Amazon Music’s normal level. On September 17th, the digital platform announced the launch of Amazon …

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The independent musician’s guide to digital distribution

Digital distribution is more than just sending music to Apple Music and Spotify. You’re an artist and you’ve recorded a song you want people to hear. You’ve already done the difficult part of working out arrangements and laying everything to tape or hard drive. Now it’s time to release your music via a music distribution …

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Being a musician in the audience (What we REALLY think)

What every musician is secretly thinking during someone else’s show. Just as teachers can make the worst students, so too can musicians make the worst audience members. Sure, we’d like to think we lead by example, but the truth is far more cynical. We’re fickle creatures, our pride barely masked by a veneer of modesty. …

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How to write a stand-out biography (and what it can do for your music career!)

Effective music PR begins with a good artist bio. As an independent artist, it’s your job to wear a plethora of hats if you want to make it in the music business. You’re basically an entrepreneur—congrats on the new job title!  One of those entrepreneurial hats is being a publicist. When acting as your own …

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Highlights from the 2019 DIY Musician Conference

Our favorite moments from a weekend full of music community, education, and performances. In 2019, the best and biggest conference for independent musicians moved from Nashville to Austin. From August 16th to 18th, thousands of independent musicians gathered at the Hilton Austin to exchange ideas, attend workshops, and jam out with friends old and new. …

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$29 album distribution is BACK!

The best music distribution just got better. CD Baby has made a big change to our pricing and we think you’re gonna like it: $29 Standard Album Distribution! That gives you an extra $20 to put towards reaching new listeners, purchasing your next plugin, or getting a few new sets of guitar strings. “Distribution” is …

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What is an EP?

The difference between an EP, LP, and single on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Pity the poor EP, that oft-overlooked music format; the middle child between the single and long playing album (LP). Often misunderstood and forever caught in format purgatory by digital music services, the EP has languished long enough. Heck, even its …

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Two DIY Musician Conference attendees featured on All Songs Considered

Bob Boilen highlights music heard at the DIY Musician Conference Congratulations to CD Baby artists EB and Anna Larson! Both artists were featured in the August 21st entry of NPR’s All Songs Considered after co-curator Bob Boilen selected them as part of his session at this year’s DIY Musician Conference in Austin. In previous years, …

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Are you REALLY monetizing your content on YouTube?

How to know if your channel is eligible for monetization through the YouTube Partner Program. Are you really monetized on YouTube? That might seem like a silly question since most musicians have some level of monetization happening, whether it’s subscription revenue from YouTube Premium or ad revenue for audio that Content ID has recognized in …

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