TuneCore Vs. Ditto

In the world of music, artists are now opting towards self-promoting their work. And why wouldn’t they, when record labels take a large percentage of the artists’ earning revenue.

So if you’re a DIY artist looking to promote your work? Then you can have a look at these two sites, Ditto music and TuneCore.

Both have their own respective benefits and drawbacks. A few similarities and some key differences.

Music Publishing

Music publishing plays a vital role in the music industry. Publishing companies help artists in making sure that they receive their due money. They also ensure that nobody is taking advantage of the music and stealing an artist’s profit.

Here lies a major difference between the two distributors. TuneCore provides its users with a publishing company while Ditto does not. TuneCore also provides master and sync licensing. This way the artist earns for the music he has created.

Music Distribution

Both TuneCore and Ditto gives its users access to a great deal of music streaming sites. This includes Spotify and ITunes. You can rest assured that people will hear your music, no matter which site you go for.

While both sites are able to distribute music to various stores including YouTube. But, only Ditto has the access to distributing music on VEVO. A notable difference between the two.


In the department of price, TuneCore charges no money for joining its site, signing up is free. For music distribution it charges its users an annual $9.99 for the distribution of singles. As for albums, a fee of $29.99 for the first year. It is then increased to $49.99 for the following years.

In contrast, Ditto charges a fee on the number of artists rather than the kind of music you upload. For a single artist the subscription fee is $19. For two artists, the fee increases to $29 and so on. The fee increases as the number of artists multiplies.


One of the major reasons why artists are going for self-promotion is royalties. Artists who work with record labels only receive a small part of their earnings. Thus, many artists are now joining music distribution sites. In case of royalties, both TuneCore and Ditto users get to keep 100% of their earned profit. Both, TuneCore and Ditto do not take any commission which is one of their strong points and a similarity.

Other Differences

Another small difference is the payout method available to the user. In this aspect, TuneCore is better. It provides you with more than one method of payout. This includes Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), Check and PayPal. While Ditto only utilizes Payoneer to payout.


The purpose of both the sites is to provide a platform for artist to publish their music. They act as a bridge between the artist and music stores. While, there are many similarities between both, there are some key differences. As an artist, thorough research is mandatory to come up with a decision that would suit you.