UPDATE: Amazon Offers Indies Free Download Distribution

SEATTLE (Hypebot) – UPDATED: Amazon's CreateSpace Adds Opens Channel

Amazon owned CreateSpace has added an MP3 distribution service that enables indie musicians and labels to sell downloads through Amazon MP3's online store with no setup fee. Artists receive 60 – 65 cents per track depending on retail pricing. Users can also simultaneously set up a CD on CreateSpace’s disc on demand service which offers a direct conduit to Amazon's online CD store.

The move effectively undercuts low cost flat fee digital distributor Tunecore, but unlike Tunecore CreateSpace MP3 does not offer distribution to important iTunes and others. Currently Amazon MP3 offers 6.1 million tracks and this move is part of the site's ongoing effort to offer the deepest catalog possible. It is also part of a larger trend towards lower distribution fees which continues to put pressure on digital distributors to cut fees and add services.

UPDATE:

I asked CreateSpace if there any plans to add additional non-Amazon distribution channels in the future?

Their reply:

"We have a longstanding policy that we don’t comment on the future. However, we can say that CreateSpace constantly innovates on behalf of our members and we are always looking for new ways to enhance our self-publishing services. That includes adding as broad of a distribution capability for them as possible." <.b>

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