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Experiance with Distributors?

I'm wondering if anyone has experiance with distributors like CDBaby, "The Orchard" local city opera house, and IODA local city opera house?

I'm planning to release my CD early next year and it looks like the way to get it out there is through one of these companies. Right now I'm leaning toward CDBaby because they offer so many distribution options. IE: Both online and actual stores. They also seem to have very reasonable fees.

Has anyone here worked with these companies? What was your experiance?

Thanks in advance.

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MadMax Thu, 11/30/2006 - 17:47
Croakus wrote: I'm wondering if anyone has experiance with distributors like CDBaby, "The Orchard" local city opera house, and IODA local city opera house?

I'm planning to release my CD early next year and it looks like the way to get it out there is through one of these companies. Right now I'm leaning toward CDBaby because they offer so many distribution options. IE: Both online and actual stores. They also seem to have very reasonable fees.

Has anyone here worked with these companies? What was your experiance?

Thanks in advance.

No direct personal experience with em', but I know quite a few artists who distribute through CDBaby and I haven't heard anyone complain.

As far as the others... I got nuttin' other than IODA looks like they're still not quite sure what they're doing... whereas CDBaby gets to selling the music right upfront and then you kinda' dig into the site to sell your stuff. IODA seems to still be trying to convince artists to sell through them instead of reaching out to the public and get them to the music as quick as possible.

There's probably not anything wrong wwith IODA, but to me CDBaby seems to have the markeing edge to the public.

I definitely wanna' keep an eye on this thread to see what others have to say...

My paltry .02
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Pro Audio Guest Thu, 11/30/2006 - 18:32
Placing your CD on CD Baby, or any other WEB-based seller, will NOT generate sales!

You (or someone for you) need to develop a MARKETING?PROMOTION plan that works. There must be RADIO play, TV appearances, PR letters/articles in magazines appropriate for your potential fan base, live performances, etc... ALL happening at the same time. At that point you can say "you can buy my CD at...etc...etc...".

Without marketing/promotion it's impossible to generate any (significant) sales.

Ther problem is not (nor has it ever been) finding shops to sell your material.

The problem is getting the marketing/promotion done right so as to GENERATE the sales. At which point of course you would NOT want to sell at CD Baby because they get way too big a piece!
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