CD Baby and TuneCore are pillars in the music distribution community.
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Landr Distribution Review 2019 - What You'll Learn
Who Is Landr For?
Landr is a solid platform for someone who wants the convince of getting their masters and distribution done all in one place. Although they do not take a commission on your music you will still need to have some disposable income to pay for your mastering or distribution fees.
An important thing that artists sometimes do not realize the power of is collaboration. With Landr they provide you with unique collaboration tools to help you easily connect and work with other artists. If you are big on collaboration then Landr may be the right fit for you.
Fees & Commissions
One thing that you can always count on when trying to decide which distribution platform to use, is that they rarely charge you to sign up. The only platform that used to, was Symphonic but they have recently removed their sign up fee.
When you begin to use your Landr account, you will notice that you have a couple upgrade options to choose from. We go into more detail on these below.
With a free account, you have the option to master and distribute two low-resolution MP3 tracks per month. I personally started with a free account and if you ask me, the free package wasn’t too bad. Of course, this may provide limitations for someone trying to release an album which would require you to upgrade.
Paid accounts come with several benefits and Landr allows you to pay a monthly fee or a discounted yearly fee.
Masters & Releases
Mastering services are heavily promoted on Landr because this used to be their sole focus. Since expanding to provide distribution services, Landr tries to package both solutions together. If you choose to leverage both, you will then need to select either a basic, advanced or pro plan.
The difference between each plan is found in the quality of masters that are available to you. There are also different distribution parameters at each level. On a basic plan for example, you can only receive LO-MP3 quality mastering but are able to distribute an unlimited amount of them. For higher quality masters you will have to pay an additional fee.
Below is pricing for both monthly and yearly options. The yearly options come with considerable savings if this is within your budget.
A lot of people reading this review may only be interested in distribution services. This is perfectly fine, as Landr also offers distribution separately from mastering.
Once again you are offered better pricing for paying yearly which can be helpful for some. Again you are hit with a good, better, best package in which you will need to decide what suits your needs the best.
The upgrade levels range from 10 tracks, 30 tracks and unlimited. Below is the entire breakdown on pricing for just distribution alone.
Word Of Caution
The way that Landr presents their pricing to you is quite confusing and misleading. They employ a very strong marketing tactic to make you think that their prices are extremely low.
For example, on their yearly distribution only plan for 10 tracks, they state that this will only cost you $1 per month. They have this written in large bold letters that grab your attention. Underneath, in smaller font they state the full price for the year of $12 followed by the fact that you are saving 50%. Which seems great right?
Not exactly! When you break down what you are actually getting this is not the greatest deal. In fact it is either just on par with the competition or more expensive depending on who we are comparing Landr with.
Having to decide if you want their mastering and distribution package or just distribution alone is a not an issue. However, when you begin deciphering what you are actually getting depending on the plan you choose, your head will start to spin.
What you decide should come down to how much music you plan to distribute as well as if you need mastering completed. If you do, then you will always want to ensure that your masters are of the highest quality. Hence you will need to fork over more money to ensure that your music is up to standard.
Landr provides artists with a very attractive commission structure. As aspiring musicians, handing over your hard earned cash can be painful. So when we have the chance to keep some in our pockets, we tend to be quite thrilled.
With Landr, you get to keep 100% of your earnings. That’s right, no pesky commission fees to deal with! Furthermore, Landr will automatically add new stores that they partner with for distribution, free of charge. Aside from that, they will not charge you a penalty if you decide to remove your music from stores.
Outlets & Release Options
Landr offers a wide variety of stores for distribution including iTunes, Spotify, Tidal, Pandora and many others.
You can have a look at all the available stores and select as many as you wish or remove the stores that you don’t wish to distribute to.
Speed To Stores
Landr is pretty quick to release music on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify. Your songs will typically be up on iTunes in about a day, while Spotify takes about 3-5 days. In case you dont choose a specific date for your release, your music will typically be out in 3-5 days.
Landr does not have a pre-release feature, but you can opt for a future release. As always you should pick a date that gives you enough time to create some kind of buzz regarding your song or album.
Landr provides you with some solid promotional tools to help you market your releases professionally. One of those tools provides you with promotional links to your music. This allows fans to easily find and enjoy your new release on the platforms they enjoy the most. This is also great for tracking purposes as you can monitor these links to see how much traffic they received.
The collaborators section of Landr lets you share your work with friends, producers, and other artists to get their feedback on your music. This can help you to improve your sound or to come up with great ideas on the fly without having to be face to face. This is perfect for when you may be collaborating with someone across the globe or when you need a last minute opinion on what you’re about to release.
Running with the theme of collaboration, you can also utilize the Landr platform to work with producers and use their sample packs when creating your own music. The best part about these samples is that they are completely free and you will not get in trouble for using them.
Getting samples cleared that are not free to use and are owned by someone else can be quite difficult. No distribution company that we have come across, provide services to help you get samples cleared. So the fact that Landr offers this service is quite unique and could benefit artists producing their own music.
Landr provides artists with the option to download their desktop app in an attempt to make life easier on artists. For those who produce music, you can use the Landr desktop app alongside your production software.
According to Landr: The app offers all the same great features as their website. You can use it to master tracks, build and distribute releases, check your stats, collaborate, and promote.
Share To Soundcloud
A feature that not many platforms provide is the option to link your SoundCloud account. As you may already know, when you distribute your music with any platform, SoundCloud is not an option for you to choose. Still it is important to have a presence on SoundCloud and Landr helps make this easier for you.
You are able to upload tracks as normal to the Landr platform but if your Soundcloud account is linked they will now prompt you to have your song sent to SoundCloud and optimized for the platform. All of this is at no extra cost to you which is great!
The Landr Academy is a section of their site that is meant to provide artists with tips to help them with their career. The information ranges from help with promotion, mastering and mixing your music, and interviews with successful artists. Below we provide details on each section.
How To Promote Your Music
Landr understands the importance of promotion and provides you with a free guide to help you better promote yourself. The guide is 33 pages long and walks you through building an audience, releasing music, networking and much more. You can check out the guide here.
Analytics & Reporting
It’s important to look at how Landr stacks up with regards to analytics. From what we have found Landr provides artists with a solid foundation of data to make business decisions. They provide you with a breakdown of your music reports based on audience, streams and downloads. You can see your numbers to understand how each track is doing and how you are performing on each streaming service you have uploaded your music to.
You must have a linked PayPal account in order to withdraw your money from Landr. They do not imply any threshold restrictions on your withdrawals but it should also be noted that they are another company who fails to provide payment splitting.
Ease of Use
With Landr trying to offer a number of different features to their artists I would say that their platform can be a bit tricky to use. It isn’t rocket science by any means but it will certainly take a bit of time to get used to for someone who is less technically inclined.
Overall you cant blame them for trying to push both mastering and distribution on you but for some users you may find yourself scanning through the FAQ section a couple times for clarification.
The company has three offices, but no phone numbers to get in touch. Their FAQ section is quite elaborate and you can also write to them in case you have an issue. This can be done by going to the Help section and opening a ticket. You will typically hear back within 24 hours.
Landr is a strong platform for mastering services and are making headway on the distribution side of things. This is certainly something that a lot of artists could benefit from. If we were to look at distribution alone it is important to note that Landr is not the strongest when it comes to the additional features they provide artists to help further promote themselves. There are other stronger companies out there but Landr is still a good choice for your distribution needs.