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Music Audio FAQ
How do I use DMDS to promote music and music video?
Yangaroo Music’s DMDS specializes in the distribution of musicpromotional outlets like radio stations and Media/Press outlets, DMDS is both a delivery system, and promotion tool in the sense that you’re delivering releases that can contain promotional information and other elements like links, bios, reviews, personal messages, etc. Setting up an eye catching and attention grabbing release can go a long way to promote your music, but it doesn’t replace the person to person relationship building that’s key to success in radio promotion.
Who’s using DMDS for promotional music distribution?
A wide range of record labels from multinationals like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, to large influential indies like Beggars Group, Sub Pop, eOne, Domino, to a large number of small indie labels, indie artists, indie promotion companies, management companies, publicity companies, and more.
What is the difference between DMDS and other music distribution companies like Tunecore, CD Baby, etc.?
DMDS specializes in the distribution of music to promotional outlets like radio stations, and Media/Press outlets, etc. These are the people and places that expose your music to the masses, which drives sales and performance royalties and exposes your music to new potential fans. The music distribution companies mentioned above differ in that they provide online music distribution for streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.
Where can I find pricing for promotional music distribution?
The available destination packages and prices for the free-to-access basic account option can be viewed here. For a detailed breakdown of pricing across the basic and Pro account options, sign up as Music and Video Sender here.
Do you provide the contact information for each radio station?
The Yangaroo Music DMDS Terms & Conditions prevents us from disclosing end user contact information to any third parties. You can view the names of the individuals registered at each station on the DESTINATIONS page after selecting your packages and by accessing REPORTS after the release has been sent. Now that you know the name of the person you need to talk to about your music, you can simply google the station call letters to find the phone number and ask for that person.
I’ve delivered my release to radio. When will they start playing it?
YANGAROO Music’s DMDS provides access to your promotional release for radio programmers to stream and download in broadcast-quality (provided you upload your music as a broadcast-quality wav file). There is never a guarantee your release will be listened to by a programmer, or played on air. That depends on the quality of your music and what the radio programmer is looking for. However to increase your chances of airplay, it is strongly recommended you hire a radio tracker/promoter to communicate on your behalf about your release to the stations selected for delivery. If you’d prefer to follow-up on your own, here’s a tip sheet on how to work your track at radio.
How can I find out exactly when and where my songs have been played on air?
We provide a radio tracking/monitoring package via Nielsen’s BDS Radio service as an optional add-on that will provide you with 8 weeks of airplay reporting data detailing exactly which Nielsen monitored stations (terrestrial, satellite, and online) have played your songs, how many times, and the size of the audience for each spin. If there is any airplay history prior to this current release to radio that data will be provided for the song as well. There is a Tracking step when creating your release where this additional service can be selected.
DMDS allows me to upload wav and mp3 files. Which type is best?
Radio holds very high standards for the quality of audio they play on-air. Wav is the standard uncompressed digital file format suitable for radio. The compression used in converting music to mp3 degrades audio quality. Distributing a less than pristine audio file will limit your chances of gaining airplay, especially with satellite and HD broadcasters. We highly recommend that your track be sent in full wav format. In short, the higher the quality of the submitted track, the better it will represent your music, increasing the chance for consideration by programmers. Note: the source must be CD quality. Converting an mp3 to wav does not improve audio quality and will likely make things worse.
Are there more video destinations available than what I see in the Destinations step?
Yes! With a Pro upgrade, you will have access to our full database of music industry promotional destinations. A listing of the main music destinations can be viewed on this page. Upgrades can be done instantly via the Upgrade to Pro button on your Dashboard after logging in. More info about the Pro account option can be found here.