LANDR

LANDR Distribution: The Ultimate Review

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

What Is LANDR?

Unlike other distribution companies throughout our distribution guide, LANDR’s primary focus is online A.I. mastering, however, they’ve expanded their business, allowing users to distribute their music. 

We’re not going to review their AI mastering, that’s not our focus. Instead we’re going to go in-depth on what they offer musicians through their distribution services.

Do You Have To Pay To Use LANDR?

Yes, to use their distribution services their is a yearly fee and a fee per release unless you choose their ‘Unlimited Plan.’ 

When LANDR initially rolled out this service, it was extremely cheap. So cheap that I actually had to reach out beforehand to see if they were going to maintain the pricing structure in the foreseeable future.

It was $1 per month for artists and $4 per month for record labels. Or, if you already used their mastering services, distribution was free. Although I was assured they have no plans to alter anything – It was changed to it’s current pricing within a few months. When companies change pricing, it makes me feel uncomfortable but in all fairness I didn’t see the previous offers working long term if they were to provide a good service, with proper support.

These are the plans you can now choose from:

Free – £9 (per release) | £29 (per EP/Album) | 15% commission.

Complete – £20 per year – £5 (per release) | £19 (per EP/Album) | 9% commission.

Unlimited – £89 per year – Unlimited releases. Keep 100% of your royalties.

Now that we’ve established what each plan costs, there’s certain things you need to take note of.

  • Cover licensing will cost $15 no matter what plan you choose.
  • Express delivery will cost $20 no matter what plan you choose. Something I thought would be included within their ‘Unlimited’ plan.
  • The ‘Free’ plan doesn’t allow you to add additional artists and their ‘Complete’ and ‘Unlimited’ plans require you to pay $10 per additional artist, per year – Making it a poor choice for record labels who have a lot of artists or plan on scaling their business in the future.
  • All plans allow you to distribute your music to over 150 stores.
  • All plans allow you to monetise your music on SoundCloud and take advantage of YouTube Content ID – This is something they’ve recently added which adds a lot of value to their service.
  • Only the ‘Complete’ and ‘Unlimited’ plans allow you to distribute your music to Beatport.
  • They have self-serve take-down functionality so you don’t have to contact support to have any music removed from stores.

What We Love About LANDR:

Although they did change their pricing, and distribution is not their primary focus they do offer good customer support and their user interface is super easy to navigate. They also allow users to create promolinks which is a nice added benefit. 

When we checked out LANDR in the past we noticed a few issues, but most of them have been resolved, fixed and worked upon. For instance, they’ve added SoundCloud Monetisation and YouTube content ID. They’ve also changed what happens if you don’t pay your yearly subscription. Before, your songs would be frozen/taken down from stores but now you will, instead, be transferred to their free plan where they take 15% of your royalties.

This is still a huge issue with Distrokid. So we have to applaud LANDR for recognising that taking down songs from artists who are unable to pay is extremely poor in terms of customer care.

We can see that LANDR are continuously trying to update what they currently offer, implementing new features whilst also offering good support for it’s users.

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What We Don't Like About LANDR:

We have established they offer musicians a good, solid service for all of their distribution needs but there’s still work to be done. First of all, they need to re-work their pricing for record labels. $10 per additional artist, per year, is a little excessive. If you’re running a label at scale and have 100 artists (example) then you will have to pay $1000 per year, on top of your existing plan. There’s other services that allow unlimited releases, and unlimited artists such as iMusicianRouteNote, and Repost Network

We would also like to to see them implement split-pay functionality – Making it easier for labels and artists to pay collaborates easily, without manual account management. Again, this could be something they’re currently working on. It’s still a relatively new company where music distribution is concerned. 

Does LANDR Promote Your Music?

No. LANDR does not offer external features such as music pitching or in-house promotion.

LANDR Customer Support:

In all honesty I expected their customer support to be lacking, especially when their initial pricing was available. I was pleasantly surprised with how quick their team responded to each query.

Great customer support is vital when selecting your distributor, and LANDR surpassed our expectations.

Final Notes on LANDR:

It’s a great option for musicians who want to sign up to their Unlimited plan, as it allows you to keep 100% of your royalties alongside unlimited releases. You can be rest assured your music will not be taken down from stores if you struggle financially and can’t pay your subscription in the future.

They offer good support, analytics, over 150 stores to distribute your music to, and they’re continuously improving their service. We can now recommend LANDR whereas before we were unsure.

If you’re looking for similar features, with unlimited release you can check out Ditto – Which is £19 per year but unfortunately does not offer YouTube Content ID. If you’re an established artist – YouTube Content ID can earn you a decent portion of your royalties.

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  • Chris says:

    Before distributing through Landr’s I suggest a close scrutiny of royalty payments and who controls your music once its been released. I am currently trying to regain control of my music.

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