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Amuse Review: The Free Music Distribution Service

It’s so easy to distribute your music nowadays. And Amuse is one a service that makes it so easy — and free.

I released a single and a commentary album through Amuse. So I want to share what I thought of it.

Amuse Overview

Amuse charges nothing to distribute your music and you get to keep 100% of your streaming royalties. How do they afford this?

Technically, they’re a record label that offers music distribution. So they make money by signing artists who release music through them. Any artist they decide to sign gets a 50/50 deal. Then the money they make from signed artists allows them to offer free distribution to all.

How do they decide who gets signed? Data.

One of the founders studied data analytics at Universal Music Group (Sweden), so they’re familiar with how data can tell them who is a promising artist and who is not. They basically look the artists who have used Amuse who are “blowing up.” Then they offer them a deal.

They’re a fairly new company supported mainly by one investor. That’s a little worrisome because if that investor backs out, they’re kind of screwed. So hopefully, they’re business model succeeds.

How To Use Amuse

Amuse’s platform is as simple as possible, and the signup process is super easy, thanks to it being free.

After you sign up, you can hit “Release” in the top-right corner. The first page you come to prompts you to enter the info about your release, which includes:

  • Release Title (album/single name)
  • Label Name (if you leave this blank, it will use your artist name)
  • Genre
  • Language of your release
  • Cover art

They do list the required specifications for the album/single artwork listed to the right. It’s worth noting, they didn’t accept a release of mine because they said the cover art was too blurry/pixelated. However, that was my stylistic choice for the artwork, and another music distributor had no problem with it.

The next page is where you upload your track(s). When you upload your music, it will prompt you to complete the details for each song, including:

  • Co-songwriters
  • Recording year
  • Explicit/clean/not explicit lyrics
  • And more…

You’d then choose where you want your songs to be distributed. Currently, Amuse sends your music to all the big-name stores, like Spotify, Apple Music, TIDAL, Google Music, YouTube, Shazam, and some others.

When it comes to choosing your release date, the soonest you can distribute your music is four weeks from the day you’re submitting the release. Other platforms can deliver your music much faster, but keep in mind that Amuse is free.

Once you double-check that all the release info and cover art is correct, you can hit “Release.”

Fortunately, Amuse’s customer service is decent. They’ll review your release and let you know via email if you need to update anything.

Amuse Pros And Cons

Now let’s summarize the good and not-so-good of Amuse.

Pros of Amuse:

  • Completely free
  • You keep 100% of your streaming royalties
  • Chance to get discovered and signed to a 50/50 label deal
  • Label deal includes advances and free marketing

Cons of Amuse:

  • They currently rely on one investor, so they could go under if that investor exits
  • No admin publishing offered (songwriter royalties)
  • Can’t obtain a mechanical license to release cover songs
  • Might be picky about cover art

Summary Of Amuse

There are some big downsides of Amuse, like how they don’t offer admin publishing and that it takes so long to release your music. However, it’s pretty dope that you keep all of your streaming royalties and can distribute your music for free.

I highly recommend you at least try Amuse. If it’s not for you, there are other affordable and free distribution options. But you may find it makes the whole process a lot easier.

And anything that makes it easier for you to get your music out there is worth trying.

Caleb J. Murphy is a singer-songwriter and music producer based in Austin, Tx., and the founder of Musician With A Day Job, a blog that helps part-time musicians succeed.

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