Distrokid Offers TikTok Distribution — Beating CD Baby and Tunecore to the Punch

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TikTok has been the talk of the town for a while now. Its popularity has soared to new heights, especially among the younger generation. But it’s not just the users who have been benefiting from the platform. Many independent artists have found TikTok to be an excellent way to showcase their music and gain a following. And now, DistroKid has made it even easier for artists to distribute their music on the platform.

For those who don’t know, DistroKid is an independent music distribution platform. It allows artists to upload their music to various streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal, among others. As of this past weekend, independent artists can now use DistroKid to get their music onto the TikTok platform. This means that TikTok is now simply another option for uploading artists.

According to DistroKid founder Philip Kaplan, indie artists have been asking for TikTok integration for months. DistroKid looks like the first indie music distribution platform to offer support for the emerging platform. A cursory glance at CD Baby’s partner list shows TikTok is nowhere on the list. Tunecore’s site reveals a similar gap, though in fairness, both services are likely working on adding the viral platform to their endpoints.

TikTok’s massively popular platform has contributed to music growth in tons of new ways, which suggests that the platform will probably be offered by all distributors in the near future. Justin Bieber is responsible for bringing Lil Nas X to the world’s attention via TikTok, a move that shot TikTok’s industry visibility into the stratosphere. Kaplan offered a brief summary of recent history this way: “It’s where “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X (longest-running #1 single in history) found its initial audience and took off as a viral hit.”

Back in April, TikTok announced the TikTok Spotlight program for indie musicians. It’s a way that musicians can build a community of followers and showcase their original works. TikTok’s massive growth makes it an essential platform for emerging artists. The TikTok Spotlight Portal was the only way for artists to submit their music to the platform before DistroKid’s integration. But now, with DistroKid on board, TikTok submissions have grown a tad simpler.

TikTok Spotlight highlights original content to be promoted in TikTok’s featured playlist. Musicians who upload via Spotlight are also verified and feature a unique badge on their profiles. TikTok unveiled that program in South Korea back in March.

The integration with DistroKid means that artists can now submit their music directly to TikTok without having to go through the TikTok Spotlight Portal. This makes it easier for artists to get their music onto the platform and gain a following. TikTok’s music library has been growing rapidly in recent months, with more and more artists uploading their music to the platform.

In conclusion, the integration with DistroKid is a significant step forward for independent artists. It provides them with another platform to showcase their music and gain a following. With TikTok’s massive growth and popularity, it’s becoming an essential platform for emerging artists. The TikTok Spotlight program and DistroKid integration make it easier than ever for artists to get their music onto the platform and reach a wider audience.