CD Baby Music Distribution Reviews

CD Baby 2020 review – (4/5 Stars)

A Well-Known Online Music Store 

It is one of the best known online record stores, so music fans go there in droves to look for new albums. Also, the staff is stacked with music lovers who listen to every album they sell so that they can advise their customers. If you are willing to take on the task of promoting your releases completely, then this distributor can be a great choice.

CD Baby says it has more than 300,000 recording artists across a wide variety of genres. It can sell songs and distribute royalties– all the things a record label would traditionally do. The company calls itself the “anti-label” for musicians and has a library of more than 400,000 albums and more than 3 million tracks.

Also, when a musician signs up with CD Baby their music is available for download at iTunes within a couple of days.

What to expect from CD Baby

The moment you start using CD Baby, you can expect a worldwide distribution of your music. You should also expect your music to have access to online platforms such as Spotify and iTunes. With this, you can expect to earn more revenue from your music than what you would have earned when using conventional record labels.

How does CD Baby work?

CD Baby is an online platform which is very easy to use. It is free to sign up.

Upon signing up, you have to choose a payment plan that you find suitable. There is also a free option. You then submit your music. It can be a single or an album, depending on your submission fee. CD Baby will then distribute your music to multiple online stores. The platform then pays you according to how well your song has performed.

Price and plans

cdbaby pricing

When using CD Baby, there are three plans which you can subscribe to Free subscription, Standard and Pro.
With the Free option, the purchase and download of your music are only limited to CD Baby’s online music store. In addition, you pay no submission fee. However, CD Baby takes a 15% commission from your earnings.

In the Standard payment plan, it costs $9.95 to submit a single and $49 to submit an album. CD Baby also takes a 9% commission from your earnings the moment your music starts generating revenue. Your music also gains access to all the online music platforms CD Baby has partnered with. For physical copies of your music, CD Baby takes a $4 commission for each physical copy sold. The submission fee for physical copies is also the same.

The Pro option is the most expensive submission Tier on CD Baby. The submission fee for a single is $34.95 while the submission fee for an album is $89. CD Baby takes a 9% commission from your earnings the moment your music starts generating revenue. CD Baby also distributes your music across all online music platforms which CD Baby has partnered with. You also get to earn your publishing royalties with the aid of CD Baby. CD Baby also takes a 4% commission for the distribution of physical copies of your music.


  • Provides learning resources for its users
  • Artists get 91% of the revenue earned from their music on CD Baby’s music store
  • Paying artists weekly
  • Collects all the publishing royalties on your behalf


  • The services provided are expensive
  • The licensing of cover songs can only be done for singles
  • CD Baby collects 30% commission on your YouTube ad revenue
  • Collects 40% commission on revenue earned through sync licensing

Our rating about CD Baby: 4/5 ⭐


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