This is a response I wrote to a question, which is better Tunecore or CD Baby?
I’ve been using CD Baby (10y) and I just uploaded a single on Tunecore. I even had brick & mortar distribution before CDBaby. It seems that CDBaby has more digital distribution options then Tunecore. However not one will bring you the money or sales your looking for unless you put all of your money into promotion and marketing.
You have to find some way to reach a mass audience whether getting on terrestrial radio, a blog with tons of followers, or playing a big venue with a mass amount of fans(opening up for a well known artist), a well known DJ to cosign your record and play it in all his sets.
(that is if your doing it independent)
You won’t see any real money by just sitting at home behind a computer and hoping someone will like it over the mass amount of musicians and great music available. Tunecore, CDBaby are tools just like Social Networks Facebook, twitter, Instagram, etc.
Unfortunately that’s why you may hear something terrible on radio or played in a club because there promotion game is great.
Look nothing is going to work unless you have a good plan, a decent budget, the right persons to know so you don’t get ripped off and a tiny infinitesimal amount of luck. Because we all know this ain’t about luck. It’s about how smart and how hard your willing to work and the resolve/effort in the way you stick to your plan.
Ha! Then after all that’s done you still have to worry about someone putting your music on a free download website (which it has been done to me -there like roaches).
In the end you just have to have a strong will to be successful in this business