Alternatives – CD Packaging, Production, & Distribution


IndyPendy: big savings for not so big musicians

IndyPendy: big savings for not so big musicians

This is continuation of yesterday’s post: Starting from Scratch: What it takes to Release a CD“. Read that past to get ideas on CD recording, artwork, photography, and packaging.

Now, lets say you don’t want to go the Dismakers or Oasis route (even though they handle digital distribution and other great hookups).  Lets say you just want to do a short print-run of maybe 1-200 discs…, here are resources for you.

Indypendy (Packaging and Production)
Check out Indypendy.com. Its a very simple company that does very simple work at a very cost-effective price.
They handle CD and DVD duplication at a fraction of the price compared to other companies (but don’t handle things like digital distribution).  And always FREE shipping.  You can ask for proofs ahead of time to make sure you’re getting quality in return. This page will give you a run down on some of the things they offer.

Indypendy especially came in handy 6 weeks before I released my CD.  I wanted advanced copies to send to media but I didnt want to spend so much money on packaging.  For roughly $100 I had them print my artwork on the face of 100 discs and and send it back to me on a spindle.  Here’s what it looked like. I burned the music onto each CD (from my laptop)  and put the CDs in plastic jackets before sending out to local media.

Local companies (Packaging and Production)
Be sure to check into local duplication and production companies in your area.  There are so many short-run companies who can print a small (and large) quantity of your project.  Sometimes cheaper. Sometimes not.  Do your research.  These companies may not handle other things like digital distibution and setting up accounts on CDbaby, but they can be especially good at a speedy turnover time. And sometimes the fact that it is in your neighborhood means you can pick it up and not worry about shipping.

Tunecore (Digital Distribution)
The website spells it all out. Visit www.tunecore.com to find out how to submit your music to iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, Amazon…etc without the help of Discmakers or Oasis.  There is a fee to submit your music but once the music has been added to any/all stores, you get 100% of the profit made off digital sales.  In other words, Tunecore does not take a cut, though the individual stores will still take their cut.

Lets say you submit a song for distribution to all major online stores.  That’s $9.99. The song sells for .99 on iTunes. Tunecore takes 0% but iTunes still takes their 30% (roughly). I’m sure there are other companies that offer a way to get digital distribution but TC seems to be the most popular.  Do your research and search the internet.

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7 Comments on “Alternatives – CD Packaging, Production, & Distribution”

  1. Peter Wells Says:

    Thanks for the mention! We really do try to do it right. If you or your readers have any questions about the industry, feel free to write me. Thanks!

    –Peter
    peter@tunecore.com


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