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A Guide to Distributing CDs / DVDs & Digital Media Online

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CDs Direct can help you with everything you need to know about selling your CDs and DVDs online.

We can do all the leg work for you or you can find the information below to do it on your own.  Remember to check our Frequently Asked Questions page as well

     There are a lot of online music distribution retail stores.  You need to check closely on whichever one you decide to go with.   Each one has different rates and ways of paying   The advantage of going with one of these is that a lot of them also offer to distribute your music in digital format to places like ITunes, Rhapsody and Emusic.

You, as an individual can get your music onto these as well, but it requires some leg work.  The good news is that you get to keep more of your money by doing it yourself.

Remember CDs Direct can do all the leg work as well  Call for details

Online Retail Stores

CDs Direct
CDs Direct Music was created by musicians for musicians.  Our idea was to let the musicians have a place to sell their CDs and DVDs and keep all their hard earned money.  Yeah, that's right, you get to keep every penny you sell your CD or DVD for.  There are no up front fees and there are no backend fees.  There are NO FEES whatsoever to the artist!!!!!

At CDs Direct Music we really do believe that you should be able to keep your money.  When a person orders your CD the sales tax, plus a $4.95  shipping and handling fee is added to the order and that's it.  No hidden fees.  The customer pays the shipping and handling and we send you your money.   Can't get any easier than that.


eMusic    eMusic
eMusic is the #1 site for independent music, with a library of over 4,500,000 MP3s. eMusic sets itself apart from other services by offering MP3s free from copy protection. This means that eMusic customers truly own the music they download. Our MP3’s play on any portable music player (including the iPod and Zune), can be downloaded to unlimited computers as well as burned to CD. Other digital music services either charge extra or do not offer the flexibility eMusic provides to their customers. Also, eMusic has 4 regional sites across the world including US, Canada, United Kingdom and the European Union.
The largest online marketplace! provides a variety of ways to sell your products through their web site.  Having your products available on provides much greater exposure to potential customers who might otherwise not be aware of your product. They also store, pack, and ship your products-or you have the option to do-it-yourself.    Dada The Music Movement is a new DRM-Free music subscription service. Given our expertise, as a Joint Venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Dada USA, one of the leading provider of mobile entertainment in Europe, we aim at offering our customers the best music experience available on the market.

\Independent Online Distribution Alliance
They offer a lot of services with no up front fees, they don't make money until you do. 
Independent labels, publishers and rights holders who distribute through IODA enjoy a wealth of benefits and opportunities. We bring together strategic and technical expertise in the digital music world and a credible, proven history in the independent music community to create a digital distribution partner perfectly suited to guide your music and content into the digital future.


ReverbNation provides the innovative marketing solutions that musicians need to compete, cooperate, and differentiate in an increasingly noisy online environment. Unlike typical “closed” communities, artists use ReverbNation as their home base for approaching marketing and promotion across the Internet as a whole - be it via social networks, blogs, email, IM, or the artist’s homepage. Tools like TunePaks, FanReach, TuneWidget, and Street Team Manager give the artist the power to spread their music and information virtually anywhere. Real-time stats then provide a 360-degree view of how the music is spreading, who is listening, and which fans are actually passing it on to their friends and posting it on their pages. ReverbNation empowers Artists to take the music to the people, no matter where they spend their time online.

This is a digital music service making it easy for artists and labels to sell their music on MySpace and official web sites. Artists and labels can control pricing and distribution. An example of the interface on is available on Coldplay's myspace page

Tracking your Sales

Nielsen Soundscan
An information system that tracks VHS and DVD sales throughout the US and Canada. Sales data is collected from retail and online stores. The sales reports are published weekly in Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Video Store Magazine, LA Times, and NY Times. Contact Soundscan directly for rates of subscribing to the reports. You need a UPC barcode for each release and at least three artists on your record label to register. 
To register your title with soundscan/videoscan, simply fill out the title addition form on the soundscan website - It can be submitted by email to or faxed to (914) 684-5606. If you have received the barcode from CDs Direct Inc, put us down as the parent label.  It simply indicates who you got the barcode from. In the sub-label field, fill in your label name if you have one.

It will take about 10-15 business days for it to be processed, and that is all you need to do! Registering with soundscan and videoscan is FREE.
Register for Soundscan

Nielsen Videoscan
An information system that tracks VHS and DVD sales throughout the US and Canada. Sales data is collected from retail and online retail stores. Its sales reports are published weekly in Billboard, Variety, LA Times and NY Times. Contact Videoscan directly for rates of subscribing the reports. You would need a UPC barcode for each release in order to register.
Register for Videoscan

Barcodes/CDDB/ISRC Codes

UPC Barcode
 A UPC Barcode is needed to sell physical CDs and DVDs at point-of-sale (POS) and a UPC is required to sell music digitally. There are two ways to apply for a UPC-1. For  orders with CDs Direct, leave a space of 1.25" x 0.75" on the back cover of your artwork and we will add it for only $10.00, or 2. apply for a membership with GS1 US BarCodes/eCom. Membership fees with the GS1 US BarCodes/eCom range.

International Standard Recording Codes (ISRC)
The ISRC is a unique international identifier for sound and music video recordings. An ISRC is required to sell music through a digital retailer - iTunes, Napster, eMusic, and the like. This code serves as a "fingerprint" for the song and plays a crucial role in tracking song sales and royalty collection. Membership is available at:   Some digital distributors provide ISRCs to their clients for no additional fee.

 CDDB Gracenote is an online database of CD album, artist, track, and genre information. Software programs such as iTunes and Windows Media Player can make a request of the CDDB database to download CD information for automatic track naming within the program. It is FREE and simple to submit your CD track names to CDDB.  For example, in iTunes, select the "Advanced" menu and click on "Submit CD Track Names"; there enter song information for the CD. For more information on how to submit a CD entry,

go to

For specific steps to submit a new disc, consult the help section of the player. CDs Direct is a member of CDDB/Gracenote ask us for details.

IMDb(Internet Movie Database)
The largest collection of movie, actor, and crew information. It captures every pertinent detail about a movie-from actors, directors, and film crew to location and other trivia about the movie. This also a great starting point to put a film resume online. Add or edit film credit information here. It also provides a resume service giving a unique page to host film resumes online for all registered users to view.


 SoundExchange is an independent, nonprofit performance rights organization that is designated by the U.S. Copyright Office to collect and distribute digital performance royalties for featured recording artists and sound recording copyright owners (usually a record label) when their sound recordings are performed on digital cable and satellite television music, internet and satellite radio (such as XM and Sirius). SoundExchange currently represents over 3,500 record labels and over 31,000 featured artists. Its members include both signed and unsigned recording artists; small, medium and large independent record companies; and major label groups and artist-owned labels.



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