Digital Music Retailer CD Baby Lowers Sales Commission from 25% to 9%

CD Baby Lowers Digital Sales Commission from 25% to 9% — the Lowest Rate of Any Digital Music Retailer

CD Baby, the world’s largest online
distributor of independent music, has announced that it will be lowering
its cut of MP3 download sales on

Portland, OR (PRWE January 23, 2013

CD Baby’s online retail store
sells thousands of downloads every day, and the resulting revenue
bypasses the major-label system and gets paid directly to artists. CD
Baby has decided to further empower independent musicians by reducing
their admin fee from 25% to 9% — lower than any other digital music
retailer, including iTunes, Amazon, BandCamp, Reverb Nation, and others.

“Our mission has always been to help musicians earn the most money
from their music,” says CD Baby president Brian Felsen. “Towards that
end, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be lowering the admin fee we
take of MP3 sales on to just 9% — which matches our
traditional digital distribution commission.”

CD Baby’s admin fee for digital sales through its retail partners (including Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Rdio, and many others)
has been at 9% since 2004. Now all CD Baby digital sales are subject to
this same low commission percentage, whether the music was purchased
directly from or from one of CD Baby’s digital music

The new 9% rate also holds true for digital sales through any of CD
Baby’s Direct-to-Fan sales tools, including the 45,000+ CD Baby
MusicStore For Facebook Apps installed by artists, as well as the
thousands of Music Store Widgets that allow CD Baby artists to sell
music on their own websites.

Traditional digital music retailers pay artists up to 70% per sale;
other direct-to-fan options pay 85% or less. With CD Baby, musicians
will earn 91% of every digital sale, with no annual fees and no hidden

“The 9% is effective immediately,” says Felsen. “It’s simple: Artists
make more money when they sell music through CD Baby. We are the best
place for artists to get their music to a worldwide market. With CD
Baby, bands can give fans one convenient place to purchase CDs, vinyl,
and MP3s — and earn the most money doing it!”


CD Baby is the largest digital distributor of independent music in
the world. CD Baby distributes over 4 million tracks to dozens of music
retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Rhapsody, and Spotify,
and pays artists weekly for their product sales. From their Portland, OR
headquarters, CD Baby warehouses and ships over 360,000 independent CD
titles to a customer base that spans the entire globe. The company also
offers other services to musicians such as the ability to accept credit
cards at shows, web hosting through their sister company HostBaby, and eBook distribution through BookBaby.

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