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This is a service that allows a consumer to either stream, download or burn music for a set fee for a set period of time. Examples include, but are not limited to, Rhapsody,Spotify and Rdio.
XO Digital is the fastest growing digital distribution company because we understand you! Why would we charge you an arm and a leg just because we can like the other competitors out there. We charge you only $2.00 per track or per ringtone one time!
Interactive streaming is when a digital file is transmitted electronically to a computer or other device at the specific request of the end user in order to allow the end user to listen to a recording or a playlist contemporaneously with the user’s request.
Interactive streams are sometimes referred to as on-demand streams.
A service that allows a consumer to either stream, download or burn music on a pay per transaction basis.
Examples include (but are not limited to) Apple iTunes or Amazon MP3.
A permanent download is an individual delivery of a sound recording by digital transmission resulting in a reproduction made by or for the recipient which may be retained and played by the recipient on a permanent basis.
Permanent Downloads sometimes referred to as full track downloads or untethered downloads.
Tethered downloads are sometimes called limited downloads. A tethered download is a digital file that is delivered electronically to a computer or other device to reside there on a limited basis.
There are two types of tethered downloads: time-limited download (for example, the song resides on the computer for 30 days) and use-limited download (for example, the song can be heard 12 times before it can no longer be played).
Encoding is the conversion of one format into another digital file format, often referred as output format. All the music you upload is being transcoded to FLAC files in the highest possible bitrate- without any quality loss.
Stores only accept good quality cover arts with the following requirements:
JPG or PNG file
Perfect square and at least 1500 x 1500 pixels
Best-quality RGB Color mode (including black and white images)
Resolution of at least 72 dpi (300 dpi is better)
Only include text with the artist name and release title or image only with no text
Do NOT include: extra text, email addresses or URLs, stickers, poor quality or cut-off artwork…etc.
Please remember you are responsible for the content you are uploading in the platform!
If your artwork does not adhere to these requirements, this may result in some or all stores rejecting your release.
Your audio files must meet the format specifications below to go live in the digital stores.
The audio files format required is:
WAV stereo 44.1 kHz (sample rate), 16 bit (bith depth), 1411 kbps (sample rate). We also accept 24 and 32 bit files.
Usually it is a matter of days for your music to go live in the stores after you complete the order and delivery process.
However some digital stores have their own internal procedures and may take longer to make you music available on their front-end retail services.
iTunes: XO Digital is one of few digital aggregators that has been granted ” Direct Live ” access which means XO Digital does not have to go through ITunes internal review process therefore your content will be live on ITunes within take 24 hours or sooner!
Spotify: 24-72 business hours
Amazon MP3, Deezer: 3-7 business days
Google Play: about 2 weeks
All other stores take 1-3 weeks
Remember these are approximate timelines only, and we can not guarantee the exact time your music will go live in these stores as we have no control on the digital retail stores internal content management processes.
Within 24 hours.
Yes. Our email notification process allows us to notify you as soon as your Release is delivered.
You do not need to complete your Artist profile. An Incomplete profile will not prevent your Release to be delivered to the stores.
However, the more information we have, the better. The Artists section allows you to add some information like artist bio, website, twitter channel, facebook page, myspace link…Etc.
You can also upload a picture with the following specifications:
- 3×2 aspect ratio
- Minimum size 1280 x 853 pixels, Maximum size: 2530 x 1706 pixels
- Format: jpg, tiff or png
- Max. 8Mb
Not all stores will take this information into account, but some will.
Adding a biography especially can help you get more exposure on stores and provide additional interesting information for your fans!
You may wonder why we are charging a (small) fee for quality control, since none of our competitors are doing this…
In order to make sure the audio and image content uploaded into our platform perfectly fits the stores requirements and eliminate any risks of content rejection due to formatting issues, we have decided to implement a sophisticated Quality Control (aka QA) process on the platform.
All content submitted is thoroughly analysed by our automated tool and any error of conformity is logged and returned by the system.
This is key for us to help our artists to control the quality of their Releases, and it also gives insurance to our partner stores that we only supply qualitative digital products.
Stores usually report an entire month’s sales to us on a two-month delay.
For example, if a sale of your music occurred in February, you would receive the money and sales reports in April.
We post the sales reports to your account as soon as these are made available to us by the stores.
In case you did not have any sales activity for a particular month in any store, you will not receive a sales report for that month.
Mastering is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio material from a source containing the final mix to the master, the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication).
Digital masters have become usual although analog masters are still being used by the recording industry.
Mastering requires critical listening and expertise.
Results still depend upon the accuracy of speaker monitors.
Mastering engineers also usually need to apply corrective equalization and dynamic enhancement in order to optimise sound translation on all playback systems.
However we advise you to only upload professionally mastered music.
If you do not know how to achieve this or if you are on a budget, we offer a nice audio mastering service for a very reasonable cost.
When creating a Release, you can choose between a large number of genres to assign it to.
Please see the list of possible values below:
Blues/New Orleans Blues
Easy Listening/Bar Jazz/Cocktail
Easy Listening/Bossa Nova
Electronic/DJ Tools/Sample Packs
Electronic/Downtempo – experimental
Electronic/Drum & Bass
Electronic/Indie Dance/Nu Disco
Hip-Hop/Rap/Gangsta & Hardcore
Jazz/Nu Jazz/Acid Jazz
Latin/Rock en Español
Yes. But you have to carefully flag it as explicit when creating your Release.
Many of the digital partners have parental control processes available that will prevent explicit content from being displayed to children who visit their digital store.
Explicit tracks shall be correctly labeled when a Release is signed-up with us for distribution.
Failure to correctly identify explicit content may result in your Release being removed from the stores after it has been delivered.
The more the better? Not always.
Just like in the physical world, there shouldn’t be more than one digital music distributor bringing the same Release to the same store. Otherwise, when the Release makes some sales, how would the retail store know which distributor to pay?
However we can not prevent you from doing anything you want with your music.
But it is in your interest to be made aware that if you sign two digital distribution deals with two companies that will both be sending the same Release to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc – this can have some serious consequences since the retailer will remove the Releases completely until you decide which distributor has the exclusive right to be selling that Release through them…
iTunes Match allows users to store all their digital music in the cloud.
Users can then access their entire music library wherever they go; their music won’t be tethered to one device or computer.
iTunes will automatically determine which songs in their music collection are available in the iTunes Store; those tracks will be added to the iCloud for them to listen to on any device that supports iTunes.
Track management cost includes the following: hosting of your releases on our secure servers, royalty accounting and reporting.
Charging this (small) amount to you is a way for us to cover the costs for benefiting from the above features from our technical service supplier.
The track management cost model is priced per month per minute of audio that is hosted on the platform.
This fee is not charged to you as a monthly fee, it is deducted from your monthly sales balance.
ISRC, the International Standard Recording Code, is the internationally recognized identification tool for sound and music video recordings.
A UPC (Universal Product Code) or EAN (International Article Number) is a unique code used to identify a Release.
Yes. Generally, stores like iTunes, Amazon and others keep 30% of a sale. We get 70% of a sale (this is called the wholesale price) and share 90% of this amount to you.
Do the math, it means you are receiving 63% of a sale, not bad, right?
For stores that offer full-track streaming, there is a proportionate share worked out differently for every store.
Therefore, monthly payouts for music streaming sales can vary each month (and are extremely challenging to calculate due to the complex rules applied by the stores!)
Remember we only take a 10% cut of your sales, which is close to nothing!
You can login at any time to the My Account section to withdraw your money.
Withdrawals are possible only if your account balance is equal or greater than twenty (20) Euros (€).
Account balances lower than fifty (50) Dollars will be rolled into the following month.
You can withdraw your music using your PayPal account.
You can see your sales at any time from the user interface. To see your sales reports, go to Sales > Reports from your Dashboard. To see the sales trends and real-time* analytics, go to the Sales > Analytics section of the interface. *digital stores usually provide the royalty statements with (at least) one month delay after the effective sale date.
Yes. Generally, stores like iTunes, Amazon and others keep 30% of a sale. We get 70% of a sale (this is called the wholesale price) and share 90% of this amount to you. Do the math, it means you are receiving 63% of a sale, not bad, right? For stores that offer full-track streaming, there is a proportionate share worked out differently for every store. Therefore, monthly payouts for music streaming sales can vary each month (and are extremely challenging to calculate due to the complex rules applied by the stores!) Remember we only take a 10% cut of your sales, which is close to nothing!
In case you are a record label or you do own legitimately registered UPC and ISRC codes, you can of course use your own. Just follow the instructions during the Release creation process.
No. We offer UPC at a price of only $1 each and ISRC codes FOR FREE to all our registered customers.