What is Digital Distribution?

What is Digital Distribution?

Digital distribution is the method by which your products are distributed to various digital stores which then sell digital downloads formatted for various music and video devices. Major digital music stores such as iTunes, Amazon MP3 and eMusic require content owners to use a global enterprise digital distributor such as Sugo Music Group to make content fully ingested, correctly formatted and available in their stores.

How does iTunes sell my music?

iTunes sells your music via digital downloads and also streams your music through iTunes Radio (which will also earn revenue for you through each play!).

Do I need to own the rights to distribute music through you?

Yes and no. First, yes, you must either own the “sound recording” (master) rights or be properly authorized to sell the sound recordings on behalf of the copyright holder. There is no way around this! Second, no, if you did not write the song (e.g. you are not the composer of the “musical work”), that’s perfectly OK. Recording other people’s songs is a good thing (and highly recommended!). Sugo Music Group is one of the only full service distributors that will manage these types of licenses for you, whereas all the publishers and composers associated with each respective third party song will be entered into our database and paid separately! You do not need to worry about a...

Where will Sugo Music Group distribute my music?

Worldwide! We distribute to more sites and stores than any other distributor in the world.

What countries are iTunes stores located in?

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina-Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia,...

How do I get my music and information to you?

First, please contact us so we can discuss your products and goals. Once an agreement is in place, you will be able to send your files in several different ways. Typically label partners simply upload files to our secure FTP site, or sometimes they choose to send us a hard drive. Either way is fine. We’ll always send a Welcome Package to you via email and guide you through the process. We’ve simplified the process in a way that will help you set up your account with us with minimum effort. Please refer to our “Content Delivery” category on our FAQ page.

Why can’t I use more than one digital distribution company for my album?

First of all, Sugo Music Group will never inhibit you from growing as a content provider, label or artist. That said, it is definitely not a good idea to use more than one digital distribution company to service your products because it creates confusion. Many retailers might automatically remove your album completely from their site. In addition, consumers become confused when more than one product is available. Yet most importantly, your “rankings” will be diluted and compromised when two identical products are available.

Can I sell full-albums & singles through Sugo Music Group?

Yes, all of the above and more. We recommend that if you have a 10 song album, why not create 3 or 4 singles as well! Simply create new fr cvr artwork (if possible) and we’ll do the rest! We’ll supply a free UPC, ISRCs and format your new singles (from your original album) for downloads, airplay, synchronization and licensing around the world. We’ll even try to place your tracks on new album compilations so that you’ll be exposed to a larger database and demographic of fans. Remember…. Sugo Music Group does not charge any set-up fees, upload charges or any add-on expenses. That’s right! We are one of the only distributors around the globe to offer free set-up on all your...

What if I don’t have physical CDs of my music?

That’s perfectly fine. Many artists and labels do not manufacture CDs these days. Digital files are preferred anyway. Our Welcome Package will explain it all. Also, if you want, we can produce and manufacture CDs and DVDs for you using our CD/DVD On-Demand system.

Can I still sell my songs on my own personal website or artist website?

Absolutely! Sugo Music Group’s mission is to provide a Complete Distribution Portfolio for each of our label partners and artists. This is an ongoing commitment. It is important that all of our label partners are successful and thriving. If you want to sell your music on your site—CDs or downloads—we completely support your efforts. It is important to us that this is a win-win situation for both parties! The more notoriety and brand recognition you receive, the better it is for both of us.
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