Distribution

Subcategories

General

Digital music distribution is the delivery or distribution of digital music content which can be streamed or downloaded, as opposed to the more traditional method of distribution of music products through physical means ( CDs, cassettes, vinyl, etc). Compared to other distributors, Ledo also distributes your music to all major social media platforms.
Digital music distribution forms an important source of income for many recording artists and is one of the leading ways for up-and-coming music makers to gain exposure.

Ledo’s music distribution service is available globally and includes distribution to all key DSPs worldwide. To learn more about the DSPs we deliver to and view a complete list of DSP partners click here.

No, you don’t, you get to keep all your rights! If you use Ledo, you grant us the temporary exclusive right to digitally distribute the tracks you have uploaded to us to DSPs for 24 months. After 24 months, you can choose to either take down your content or leave it online for as long as you want.

Yes, it's free to upload as many tracks as you want onto Ledo for the first six months after Ledo's launch, to celebrate Ledo’s launch. The tracks you upload during those first six months will remain online for free throughout the initial 24 month license period of Ledo. After 24 months, you can choose to take your music offline or enjoy the 95% royalty pay-out.

Yes, you can, but you cannot distribute the same tracks you are distributing through Ledo through another distributor. You are free to use another distributor or record label party for any tracks you are not distributing through Ledo.

Yes, you need to own or hold the exclusive rights to the sound recording. You also need permission from the rights holders who own and/or control the rights into the underlying musical composition(s) to distribute your tracks through Ledo.

Content

To get your music on the Ledo platform for distribution, you have to have a user account, a profile representing your artist/band/group profile, and to create and upload a release. Due to requirements of specific DSP's, including your Spotify URI is mandatory. Optionally you can add your Apple ID when you sign up as a music maker.

It is important that you read and stay informed about the rules of the Apple Music style guide. Ledo has made a best practices handbook which you can check out here, but please also make sure you always stay up to date on changes in metadata rules of DSPs.

No, Ledo only supports the distribution of singles, but these can include multiple versions of the track.

No, there is no limit. Upload and distribute as many tracks as you like as long as they are singles. Distribution is free for the first 6 months after the global launch (until September 1st, 2021).

All audio files must be a WAV or FLAC file with at least 16-bit, 44.1kHz, 192kbps, dual-channel audio. If these requirements are not met, your release will be rejected.

We do require that any artwork you upload has the following pixel dimensions: minimum 1400 x 1400 pixels square and a maximum of 3000 x 3000 pixels. Most often, if you are having trouble uploading artwork to Ledo it's because your artwork is not an exact square or is not the right pixel size.

irst, you need to make sure you have created a profile, which also represents your public artist, group or band profile. Once your profile is completed, you have the option to create and distribute a release. You must fill in your Spotify URI and Apple Music ID and complete the required data fields for each release. If you don’t have a Spotify URI, you can apply for a verified Spotify Artist Profile by following the steps here.

Yes, you do. You can not use Ledo to distribute tracks which you do not own or to which you do not hold exclusive rights. If you have only non-exclusive rights to your track, you can not distribute it through Ledo. You also need permission from the rights holders who own and/or control the rights into the underlying musical composition(s) to distribute your tracks through Ledo.

You can use Ledo to distribute sound recordings that you own or to which you hold exclusive rights. You also need permission from the rights holders who own and/or control the rights into the underlying musical composition(s) to distribute your tracks through Ledo.

You cannot use Ledo to distribute any of the following:
  • Sound recordings to which you hold non-exclusive rights
  • Sound recordings that contain compositions or lyrics you have not cleared
  • Soundalikes
  • Public Domain content
  • Karaoke
  • Tribute Songs
  • Generic Sounds (nature sounds, white noise, sleep sounds etc)
  • Yoga or meditation music
  • Spoken word (incl speeches, comedy and prayers)
  • Standalone production loops, soundbeds, sound effects
  • Stock music
  • Ringtones
  • Audiobooks
  • Podcasts

Explicit Content: This track includes profanity or offensive language
Clean: There is another version of this track that includes profanity or offensive language and this is the clean version.
Not Explicit: This track does NOT include profanity or offensive language.

Read more about the Parental Advisory and Explicit guidelines.

Many of the DSPs we distribute your music to have parental controls in place that will prevent explicit content from being displayed to children using their service. If your release contains any explicit content (for example explicit lyrics or artwork) you should label it as explicit when submitting it to Ledo for distribution. When you upload a track and submit the required metadata you will have the option to mark the track as explicit using a tick-box.

Yes, you can correct or change the artwork and metadata, but not the track order, the UPCs, the ISRC codes or the audio file. If you wish to make any changes to the audio file after a release has been submitted, please contact support@ledomusic.is.

A sound-alike is a cover recording intended to exactly imitate the sound and style of a popular record. A sound-alike sounds so similar to the original recording that the listener has a hard time telling it is a cover. You can not distribute any sound-alikes through Ledo.

As a general rule, you can only distribute tracks through Ledo if you own or hold the exclusive rights into the sound recording and have obtained permission from the rights holders who own and/or control the rights into the underlying musical composition(s) to distribute your tracks through Ledo.
This means that you are solely responsible for obtaining all licenses required to distribute a cover track through Ledo. If you are unsure whether you own,hold and/or have obtained all the required rights, please do not distribute your cover track.

You can distribute a cover track through Ledo, but there are some specific requirements you need to fulfil to distribute your cover track as a download or as streams in some markets. You need to fulfil the following requirements:
Your cover track cannot be a sound-alike
You need own or exclusively hold all the rights into the sound recording
You must include the names of the original songwriters in the 'composer field' in the track's metadata
You are not allowed to mention the original artist in the track title, product name, on the cover art or as part of the artist name.
You will need to obtain an additional cover song license for being able to sell downloads (not streams) of your cover track in the US, Canada and Mexico, as well as for being able to stream and sell downloads in India and Pakistan. It will be your responsibility to obtain such a cover song license. You can purchase a cover song license for the territories mentioned via for example EasySongLicensing .

If your cover track features a public domain song, you may distribute it without having to obtain a cover song license.

A public domain work is a creative work (for example a recording or a song) that is not or no longer protected by copyright, meaning it’s free for you to use without permission. Works in the public domain are those whose intellectual property rights have expired, have been forfeited, or are otherwise inapplicable. Ledo does not accept any public domain content.

Yes, but only if you have written permission (a license) from the respective copyright owners to use the sample in your track. You would need to have permission from the copyright owner of the sound recording (usually the label) as well as the underlying composition (usually the songwriter or its publisher) to release a track with a sample through Ledo. You can also choose to use license-free samples. You can obtain license-free samples from digital sample libraries such as Tracklib and Splice.

Yes, but only if you have written permission from the copyright owners of the track(s) you used in your remix or mashup. You would need to have permission from the copyright owner of the sound recording (usually the label) as well as the underlying composition (usually the songwriter or its publisher) to release a remix of a track. If you do not have such permissions, you can not distribute the remix through Ledo.

Ledo does not allow the release of music on the platform that (largely) consists of generic sounds, as generic sounds are generally not accepted by the DSPs. Generic sounds are sounds that use the same schemes of chord progression or lyric phrasing that diminishes the listening experience. Your track needs to be a unique master track. Examples of generic sounds are rain, wind, nature or water sounds.

A production loop is a repeating section of sound material. The term "soundbed" is used to describe the sonic landscape over which other sounds are added. A sound effect is an artificially created or enhanced sound used to emphasize artistic or other video content. Production loops, soundbeds and sound effects can not be distributed through Ledo as a stand-alone file, only as part of and incorporated into a track. Standalone production loops, soundbeds and sound effects are generally not accepted by the DSPs.

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is a unique international identifier for sound and music video recordings. In short, the ISRC identifies individual sound recordings while the UPC identifies the complete album (or the product). Both these codes are generated automatically in Ledo once you upload your tracks and create your release, so you can save these for your reference.

No. Because Ledo focuses on new releases, ISRC and UPC codes will be generated automatically by Ledo when you upload a track and create a release. ISRC codes are offered to you by Ledo free of charge.

Yes, you can. To obtain any pre-save links please check out Soundplate, which is a free platform offering pre-save links for your releases.

We take copyright infringement very seriously. If you find any material on or distributed through Ledo that infringes your copyright, please contact claims@ledomusic.is and make sure to include enough details on what you find is infringing for us to identify it.

Ledo does not tolerate inappropriate or harmful content or any other content or behaviour on the Ledo platform that is against our Community Guidelines. Please reach out to legal@ledomusic.is to report any content or behaviour that you find is not in line with our Community Guidelines. You can find our Community Guidelines here.
DSPs

DSPs

Spotify, Apple Music, Beatport, Facebook (including Instagram) Tidal, Deezer, TikTok, Amazon Music, Napster, Pandora, Soundcloud, YouTube Music, Google Music, Tidal, Peloton, iMusica, KKBox, JioSaavn, Anghami, SoundTrackYourBrand and United Media Agency (with Boom, Odnoklassniki and VKontakte). If you distribute dance or electronic music, you can deliver to Beatport as well.
When you distribute any music via Ledo, your music will be automatically distributed to all these DSPs and social media platforms worldwide. That way, you can make the most out of the Collab-house and Free Music Library.

No, your music will be made available on DSPs worldwide via Ledo.

If your release is submitted with the correct metadata, it will be delivered to all DSPs within 5 business
days. If you have submitted a release with incorrect metadata or with mistakes, your release will be
rejected and you will receive an email to update the information before it can be delivered to the
DSPs.

In general, Ledo will deliver the releases you publish through Ledo within 5 days to the DSPs. How long it takes for each of the releases to go live on each DSP greatly varies per DSP and we recommend you to publish and deliver your releases through Ledo at least 5 days before the scheduled release date.

Yes. If your track contains any lyrics you can submit the lyrics with your release, which will also be delivered to the DSPs. Not all DSPs display lyrics.

You can not take down any of your tracks from the distribution service before the end of the two year exploitation term. If you want to take down one of your tracks, please contact support@ledomusic.is and include your Ledo user account name, team name, track name, artist name and ISRC code and the reason why you wish for us to take down the track.

You can find Ledo’s distribution terms here.

Ledo allows artists to distribute their release to Beatport if the main genre of the release is dance or electronic. The subgenre can be specified freely. Because Beatport only allows previously submitted labels to deliver music, your music will be delivered to Beatport under a Ledo label.

No, Ledo distributes your music to the most relevant global and regional DSPs at once and it is not possible to choose to distribute your music only to specific DSPs. We will distribute your music to Spotify, Apple Music, Beatport (if the main genre of the release is dance or electronic), Facebook and Instagram, Tidal, Deezer, TikTok, Amazon Music, Napster, Pandora, Soundcloud, YouTube Music, Google Music, Peloton, iMusica, KKBox, SoundTrackYourBrand, JioSaavn, Anghami en United Media Agency (with Boom, Odnoklassniki and VKontakte) You can find more information about each of the DSPs here.

If you find your music on a DSP or any other online platform without your permission, you can send a copyright infringement claim to the respective platform. Most platforms have a procedure for submitting and dealing with copyright claims, usually published on their websites. Find the respective music platform's copyright infringement policy or procedure and follow the steps indicated. If you are stuck, please contact support@ledomusic.is for assistance. You can find the copyright claim procedures and contacts for the key DSPs here below:
Spotify: https://support.spotify.com/us/article/report-content-infringement
Apple Music: https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/itunesstorenotices
Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.com/report/infringement
Deezer: please send an email to dmca@deezer.com

Ledo has the right to remove music from distribution if it violates our terms and conditions, or our Community Guidelines, if it (allegedly) infringes someone's copyright or if it wasn’t provided in accordance with any of the guidelines or documentation provided by us. If your music was removed from distribution due to a copyright claim we will inform you. If you have any questions about why your music was taken down please contact support@ledomusic.is

DSPs may take down your music for several reasons. It can be taken down because of a copyright claim, alleged fraudulent streaming activity or if your release does not meet the DSP's (content) guidelines. DSPs can also take down your release based on an editorial decision. If your music was taken down because of a copyright claim or alleged fraudulent streaming activity we will inform you. If you do not know why your content was removed from a DSP, feel free to reach out to support@ledomusic.is and we will look into it for you.

hen it comes to the artwork of your release, it is important to use high-quality images and texts, to own the rights to the image, and to use the same text on the artwork as on the release (release title, artist name, etc). You can also refer to our Best practices guide to learn more about our artwork requirements.

If your music is not live on one or more DSPs and you have delivered your music more than 5 business days before the set live date and in accordance with the correct metadata rules and requirements of the DSPs, then something could have gone wrong. In that case, please email support@ledomusic.is with the UPC code, ISRC code, title and DSP where it is not live and we will get back to you within 24 hours on Monday to Friday CET.

LEDO distributes your releases to all of the above mentioned DSPs in one go and it is not possible to deliver your releases only to a particular DSP or to delete your releases from one particular DSP after delivery.

If you submit a takedown request for one of your releases, in general it will take approximately 1 to 5 business days for the release to be taken down from all DSPs.

No, you can’t use your own ISRC codes. Ledo automatically generates ISRC codes, therefore we do not provide the option for customization.