I think I’m very close to getting digital distribution. At first I thought it would be expensive to set up, but then it turned out that all fees and royalties to artists/writers/publishers, and so on, is included in the price people pay for releases and subtracted before any money gets back to me.
All good then, I thought — then it turned out that some distributors are selective, and I didn’t want to waste my time on them, since I’m eager to get this out pretty quickly. Others had too much to do and pointed me to other distributors, all of which had some sort of start-up or annual fee.
I chose one that seemed alright, and everything seems fine, except for the fact that some random label was appointed to my release, and I can’t seem to change it. So now I’m waiting for support to fix it and enlighten me green … and then, hopefully within a month or so, it will be available at all the big online stores.
I do understand why record companies still exist — doing this all by yourself is a real pain in the ass, sometimes, though a great experience.