Amuse

Amuse: The Ultimate Review

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Today we’re going to discuss Amuse – Giving you all the details you need to know when selecting the right distribution service for your music.

What Is Amuse?

Amuse is a distribution service that is 100% free to use while keeping 100% of your royalties. Alongside that, they offer extended services, such as promotion – If you’re selected by their A&R team. This adds depth to their service and allows them to stand out amongst all of the options we cover throughout our distribution guide. Although we would never recommend you make your decision solely on promotion alone, it’s a great incentive considering there’s no up-front cost to you using their distribution services and seeing how it works out for you. 

Amuse was original built to scout new talent by analysing the statistics of artists distributing music through their platform. It was also originally a mobile app only – Meaning users could distribute music through their phone. This was never going to work long-term and Amuse realised that. They have since launched Amuse Free, and Amuse Pro, which you can use their platform from your desktop and/or laptop. 

Amuse is relatively new in comparison to many other distribution companies we cover, but it’s already rather powerful in terms of features, alongside the competitive pricing structure. On top of this, they’re continually updating the service, adding new features, alongside stores, and making existing features better.

Do You Have To Pay To Use Amuse?

No – Amuse is 100% free to use, however their features are limited. If you’re only interested in getting your music into stores with support that lacks, no scheduled distribution or being able to use royalty splits (without them taking commission from your royalties), then this is the perfect option for you. 

Amuse Pro offers a lot more, and is competitive in price. Lets go over the different plans:

Free:

  • Keep 100% of your royalties
  • Automatic royalty splits.
  • Get your music into stores within 4 weeks.
  • Customer Support (basic).
  • One artist profile.

Pro ($59.99 per year):

  • Keep 100% of your royalties
  • Automatic royalty splits.
  • Get your music into stores within 14 days.
  • Get your music on TikTok & Instagram.
  • Add team members.
  • Multiple artist profiles.
  • YouTube content ID.
  • Fast lane support – Super important.

As you can see, the free version will be OK for many independent musicians but the only real downside is the lack of support. Support is vital – If anything goes wrong you don’t want to be left feeling frustrated.

I don’t think a 4 week wait time is too much of an issue because we usually recommend 3-4 weeks anyway – So you can pitch your music to Spotify editorial playlists before your song goes live in stores.

Both free, and pro allow artists to distribute unlimited songs.

If you’re interested in their Pro features, then it takes Amuse to a whole new level entirely. You can take advantage of YouTube Content ID – A huge feature we recommend every artist should be looking into. We earn a large chunk of our royalties from YouTube content ID alone. It’s also great that you keep 100% of these royalties – Many other companies allow you to keep 100% of royalties but only 70-90% of royalties that come from YouTube Content ID. 

What We Love About Amuse:

  1. It’s free to use, if you don’t require the additional features or support.
  2. Their split-pay functionality is one of the best around. Super simple to set up while creating your release.
  3. Keep 100% of YouTube Content ID (Pro). 
  4. Decent analytics and a great, easy to use interface.
  5. They’re continually updating their services.
  6. You can track your analytics using their mobile app. A nice touch if you’re a touring artist, and you’re constantly on the move!
  7. Chance of promotion, dependant on their team reaching out to you.
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What We Don't Like About Amuse:

Stores are limited. They only cover major distribution stores. Here’s the list:

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Instagram & TikTok
  • TIDAL
  • Amazon Music
  • Deezer
  • Napster
  • Google Music
  • Shazam
  • Anghami

YouTube Content ID is only available if you’re a Pro user. Alongside this, you can’t monetise your songs on SoundCloud but you can distribute through SoundCloud Go. 

Does Amuse Promote Your Music?

They do, but you have to be handpicked by their A&R team. As we state throughout our distribution guide – You should never base your decision on whether a distribution company promotes your music or not. Good quality distribution and customer care should always be your priority, while promotion should always be an added bonus. 

Because Amuse is a relatively new company, there’s no real data or stories to back up any success artists have had while using their service. Unlike AWAL, who showcase artists they’ve supported, Amuse does note. They do however claim to offer strategic planning, playlist pitching, artist branding, digital marketing, radio plugging, and artist PR. 

Whether not they do successfully follow through with any promotional services they offer, Amuse is still a great option for distribution alone.

Amuse Customer Support:

As you would expect with any free version, their customer support does lack. It took around 6-7 days for them to respond to any queries. With the Pro account however, they do promise ‘fast lane support’.

Can Record Labels Use Amuse?

This is actually something we reached out to them about. Although during our discussion they said their service is for both artists, and record labels – While distributing music through their platform there’s always one primary artist that has to be set for each account. So from experience, I would (for now) look at other options if you are running a record label.

Final Thoughts On Amuse:

At launch, we were extremely sceptical – Because it was app only, and they only offered a free account. We didn’t see this lasting long term financially, nor giving them a reason to offer any support what-so-ever. Support is vital – I can’t stress it enough. 

Since the update – Users can access through desktop/laptop, and with the added option of Pro, we’ve changed our thoughts on the company as a whole. The pricing is completely reasonable and it offers what the majority of artists require. The only thing they really need to update, is the amount of stores you can distribute your music to.

If you’re interested in alternatives that offer similar features/pricing then please check out LANDRDittoiMusician and Spare Music. If you’re looking for a distribution company that is free to use, offers a bunch of stores/features but takes 15% of royalties then check out RouteNote!

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