Frequently Asked Question

We are always on hand to help. We’ve put together the answer to questions we get asked the most, which should cover anything and everything you need to know  Terrabyte Studios. If you need any further help, please feel free to get in touch with us on admin@terrabytestudios.co

General Questions

Terrabyte Studios is a solution, powering music distribution to a global market. Through Terrabyte Studios all music rights holders (large, medium, and small) can register their content and manage its distribution all in one place.

Our mission is to provide a simple solution for both ends of the music tree so that more music can be provided to more people through more outlets. Terrabyte Studios allows artists/labels to be in control of their own destiny.

Yes and No. Registering your songs with Terrabyte Studios does not inhibit your ability to get signed to a label. Terrabyte Studios will never prevent you from doing anything you want with your music. However, If you're signed to our label, the music is exclusive to us only and would need our approval before anything can be done.

For YOUR sake, please note: If you sign two digital distribution deals with two companies that will both be sending the same album to iTunes, Napster, eMusic, Spotify, etc. - this will hurt you, because the retailer will usually remove the album completely until you decide which distributor has the exclusive right to be selling that album through them.

Yes. Distributing music with us is 100% free and does not cost any money. We only take a 20% commission leaving you with 80%.

Yes. Terrabyte Studios doesn't tie up any of your rights. Thus, allowing you to sign with a record label after signing up to Terrabyte Stud

Terrabyte Studios currently offers artists 80% of all net revenues from the sales of their recordings from our retail partners. Terrabyte Studios is currently one of the world leaders in providing the highest possible revenues to artists.

Yes. Terrabyte Studios is here to help artists spread the word of their music to all four corners of the globe. Our forward-looking partnership team is always on the look out for promising deals that will enhance our artists potential

Artist / Label Distribution Questions

We Pay Every 3 Months along with providing your sales etc, so if your release is in December, you will be paid on Q3, March.

No. There is no minimum payout amount.

Currently, Terrabyte Studios only has two option for artists to accept payments, PayPal and Bank Transfer. To edit this information you need to send us your payment information.

This option varies depending on which retail partner you have accepted. However, most retail partners normally work on a 1-2 week moderation process. We review, process and submit your release(s) within 24 hours of submission. Some partners such as Tidal, Amazon, Google Play, Facebook, SoundCloud, and Deezer within the same day of submission, (should your release be ASAP).

Unlimited. Currently, Terrabyte Studios doesn't have a limit for how many tracks you are able to upload. However, with relation to tracks artists upload they must have the full authority or ownership to designate copyright.

The International Standard Recording Code (or ISRC code) is a unique identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings. Each ISRC code identifies a specific unique recording and can be permanently encoded into a product as a kind of digital fingerprint. It can then used for sales tracking by the music download and streaming platforms. So whether your music is being played in Skegness or Sweden, it will be instantly recognized, all thanks to your ISRC code.

A UPC is very similar to an ISRC. Whereas an ISRC is a virtually embedded code, a UPC is a physical barcode used for the whole album/collection of songs. UPCs are found on anything for sale, in shops, supermarkets etc.

We are pleased to announce that as of 01 August 2015, Terrabyte Studios will be able to provide all clients from all territories ISRCs and UPCs, saving up to $75 for some users!


Just follow upload instructions for code issuing!

Audio: Terrabyte Studios can only accept WAV and Flac files with a sample rate of 44.1khz at a bit rate of 16kbs. 

Cover Art: Album artwork files must be 3000x3000 pixels square and must be in .jpeg/.jpg format or .png format. 

Yes. We are Partnered with CreateSpace and Diggers Factory.

Yes! You can select all, some or one store for distribution of your music.

You can remove your content from any or all stores, at any time (at no charge). You can take down one release or multiple releases. All you need to do is email us with all the relevant details of your release.

We're glad you're thinking of joining Terrabyte Studios! In order to switch to Terrabyte Studios from another distributor, you will need to contact your current distributor and request that they take your content down from stores, and then you can re-upload and distribute it again through your Terrabyte Studios account. Unfortunately, there is no way to move content on the back-end so it remains live in stores while you switch distributors.

If you’re an artist, getting verified is simple. Just follow these steps:

1. Set up a Spotify profile


You’ll need a normal Spotify profile to get started.


2. Complete the Verification form


Once you’ve setup the profile, please complete the <a href="http://www.spotify.com/viprequest">Spotify Verification Request form</a>.


To help verify the profile, be ready with the following information:


The Spotify profile username you would like linked to your artist discography page. The artist URI link (link to artist discography page). The preferred display name for the profile. A URL link to a 2048 x 2048 pixel JPEG profile image (no more 500kb, please). A link to a twitter account associated with the artist. Please note that twitter credentials are not stored in any way.


3. Wait for Verification


Verification can take up to a couple of weeks, but profiles are verified as quickly as possible.

Terrabyte Studios allows artists to set a future release date. Terrabyte Studios requests a minimum of 4 weeks lead time for a future release date, This is however optional. When uploading your release you can set the future release date into the Album Details section.

Unfortunately, stores and streaming services do not provide an automated notifications system for when your music goes live in the stores. However, if you set a release date when uploading your release then it will go live on that date. If you didn't set a release date then please keep checking stores to see when your music goes live. Normally, within 1-2 weeks. We will also not go looking for your release on stores as it takes up our teams time and resources searching all of our 150+ partners for your release.

Singles are 1-3 tracks, EPs are 4-6, Albums are 7-17 and Extended Albums are 18 tracks and over.

Terrabyte Studios only obtains the rights to distribute your music on your behalf. Artists always keep 100% ownership and rights.

Yes, you can. If you plan on distributing a cover song, you may need to first get permission (and possibly a license) from the original copyright holder to release your song digitally.

Cover songs should NOT include the original performing artist in the track title or artist field.


INCORRECT:


Wake Me Up (Originally Performed by Avicii) Wake Me Up (Cover of Avicii) Wake Me Up (Tribute to Avicii)


CORRECT:


Wake Me Up Wake Me Up (Acoustic Version)


You will need to make sure when uploading that you use the original performing artist in the copyright (C) line.


You can look into purchasing a mechanical license for a cover song in the US from The Harry Fox Agency.

You can find your UPCs and ISRCs in your google spreadsheet.

Business Development

Thank you for your Terrabyte Studios business inquiry. Please contact us <a href="mailto:admin@terrabytestudios.co">via email</a> and leave your contact information, and a brief overview.

SoundCloud

All Terrabyte Studios Artists are able to join the SoundCloud Network. Artists simply need to link us their SoundCloud page and you’ll be invited within 24-48 ho

If your release is uploaded to your profile by SoundCloud's Auto-Generated System, your track will be monetized automatically. Should your release not be uploaded by SoundCloud, simply email us the track you'd like to Monetize along with the ISRC and UPC, and your release will be monetized within a week!

Soundcloud Track URLs are provided everytime you upload a new track to SoundCloud. Soundcloud Track URLs can be found if you go to your SoundCloud account and then click on a specific track. SoundCloud Track URLs are normally formatted - https://soundcloud.com/channelname/trackname

Channels are moderated and added to the Terrabyte Studios SoundCloud Network within 24-48 hours.

If you have already cleared your tracks for monetization in SoundCloud then you can simply login to your SoundCloud.com account and go to your Tracks page. There you will be able to see a Blue Dollar sign next to all the tracks that are currently being monetized.

This is because of SoundCloud’s Content ID system preventing unauthorized uploads to the site. There are a couple ways around this.

1. Whitelisting. We can whitelist your profile so that you can upload your songs to your profile without the worry of having it taken down by SoundCloud’s Content ID.

2. Joining our network. If you join and have accepted our network invitation, you'll be able to upload your track without the worry of it being struck down by Content ID as you'll be automatically whitelisted.

3. Auto-Generated tracks. When we submit to SoundCloud, SoundCloud will upload what we call "Art Tracks" to a profile created for the artist, we can have this moved to your official SoundCloud profile which will have the uploads moved to your channel and will then be Monetized. You will not have to upload your own version of the track to SoundCloud as this will be automatically done each time we send your song to them.

Uploading Music

You will be able to distribute your music to all stores and territories with the following exceptions; United States (the), Canada, Mexico, India, and Pakistan. You will not be able to distribute your covers to Shazam or YouTube and Facebook.

In this case, using your name or artist name is perfectly acceptable.

An artist/producer involved in the release is what we would consider to be 'high-profile'. This can be down to the amount of SoundCloud followers, facebook/twitter followers and or YouTube views the artist has. As soon as we receive the response from the relevant source we will happily continue with moderation.

We need to ensure that you can legally distribute this track for commercial purposes. We check this to help protect you from potential claims from the original creator in the future.

We need to verify that the sounds have been purchased in order to establish if you can use these sounds for commercial use.

There are many image banks via which you can find copyright free images for use as your cover art on RouteNote. We find Flickr to be one of the best places to find these images. To find a suitable image, firstly go to www.flickr.com. In the top right you will find a search bar, search the topic of your choice and search. When the page refreshed with the images available, you will see a drop down selection which says 'License'. Click this and choose 'Commercial use allowed', this will then give you a list of images which are available for you to download and use as your cover-art for your release. You MUST make sure that these images are commercial free to avoid copyright infringement.

As well as their own storefront Kanjian also provide to:

Huawei Music

Huashu

Discjam

China Mobile

China Telecom

Omusic

FETnet

myMusic

Walkgame

Taiwan Mobile

TSTAR

Chunghwa Telecom

hmv PLAY

Psonar

Bandcamp

Flipagram

PonoMusic

Guvera

Bleep

Digitally Imported

eMusic

Findspire

FNAC

High Res Audio

CCI Distribution

Last FM

Pledge

ROK mobile

Acer

HTC One

Mi Tracks

La Musica

Mixette

The Overflow

Tunewiki

Prodigium/Infogo

Raku

Kobo

QNX CAR

Overmax

Artistxite

Pubbles

Tonspion

Mach by Mariposa

MusicKiosk NEC

Open Live

Me2u Music

Ex Libris

Mixup Digital

CTS Eventim AG

Medion

Weltbild DE

CDON

TDC/TDC Mobile

  • As well as their own storefront 7Digital also provide to:

    • Artistxite
    • Beat.no

    • BQ

    • eMusic

    • Forest Incentives

    • FreeCarmen / Trebel Music

    • FUHU Nabi 2

    • Global Radio

    • Grandpad
    • Hitparade

    • Hitster

    • La Musica - SBS

    • La Poste Mobile

    • NEC

    • Onkyo Music

    • openLIVE
    • Playster
    • Prizm

    • Technics Tracks

    • Tonlist
    • Triplay

      /MyMusicCloud

As well as their own storefront, MediaNet will provide to:

spark.dj

You42

ToonGoggles

BrandSpins

SuperCloud

LifeScape

Freeform

MUMO

Audio Print Music

My Playlist dba Funcsion / setbreak.fm

Playlist.com / Jam

Univision Radio "Uforia" (very strong Latin focus)

R&R (now owns MIS aka uPlaya)

RcrdClub / hi.fi

JoMedia

Zonga

Gaana

CUR Music

ImageSound

TheOverflow

Keefe Group

NicheStreem

GlobalTel

Stores that KDigital
will provide to:

Bugs

Melon

Naver

Genie

Olleh

Soribada

Monkey3

Groovers

Mnet

YouTube

At this time we do not have a way to provide store links for YouTube videos. This system is run automatically within the YouTube system and matches via ISRC. If you have your music in music stores and also in the YouTube Content ID with the same ISRC then there is a good chance it will show, but not guaranteed.

Whitelist means to “exclude.” If you do not want Terrabyte Studios to collect revenue for your sound recordings on your channel, you can set your Channel Preferences to whitelist (exclude) your YouTube channel or any channel you've given permission.

YouTube Content ID is a service for Terrabyte Studios artists that tracks down and collects revenue for artists when their sound recordings are used on YouTube within any user generated video.

To add your music to the YouTube Content ID system all you need to do is select the YouTube store when uploading your music.

Terrabyte
Studios YouTube Content ID service:

Identifies and collects the money your sound recordings generate on YouTube from ads on your videos, on other people’s videos that use your music, and on your own YouTube channel.

Collects sound recording revenue from your music on your own YouTube channel automatically, but you can “whitelist” (exclude) it.

Eligible: You can submit specific tracks to YouTube for revenue collection that:

Use only your own material for which you have exclusive rights.

Use third-party material for which you have exclusive rights.


Ineligible: You can not submit tracks to YouTube for revenue collection that:

Contain public domain clips or speeches

Contain any audio library samples, sound effects, or production loops (such as GarageBand loops)

Contain any third party content that you do not have exclusively licensed (such as samples you do not have exclusively licensed)

Are karaoke versions.

(Violations of these guidelines may lead to permanent blocking of your account from Terrabyte Studios Content ID.)

Display ads (i.e. banners)

Overlay in-video ads

TrueView in-stream ads

Non-skippable in-stream ads

o collect the most money from the use of your music in other people's videos, you need access to YouTube's system, and access is typically restricted to large labels, publishers and distributors. The YouTube Content ID system is very complex and requires training and knowledge to navigate YouTube's system to collect revenue and manage rights effectively.

The state51 Conspiracy (Our Content ID Partner)
does not claim the copyright of any of our artists tracks. Content ID claims are made on the behalf of the original artist. All royalties earned from these videos will be sent back to the artist.

Let’s say perhaps you don’t have an official video for your audio, the Arts Track will ensure your music is searchable in YouTube, giving a direct link to your music. Arts Tracks will eventually be fully optimised for searches and could give your music and extra promotional avenue. Arts Tracks will be used in YouTube Music Key when it rolls out worldwide.

Yes! If you do not want a release on either, just exclude the release in your spreadsheet from the delivery code!

Facebook

Whitelist means to “exclude.” If you do not want Terrabyte Studios to collect revenue/Block for your sound recordings on your channel, you can set your Channel Preferences to whitelist (exclude) your Facebook page/profile or any page/profile you've given permission.

Facebook Content ID is a service for Terrabyte Studios artists that tracks down and collects revenue for artists when their sound recordings are used on Facebook within user-generatedated video.

To add your music to the Facebook Content ID system all you need to do is enter the Facebook delivery code in the spreadsheet or leave blank and we’ll send to all our partners.

Terrabyte Studios YouTube Content ID service: Although it functions much like YouTube Content ID, there will be no visual indicator (like a claim or ad) once you’re monetized. If you’ve opted-in for the Facebook Monetization program, your music is being monetized. Collects sound recording revenue from your music on your own Facebook/Instagram page/profile automatically, but you can “whitelist” (exclude) it.

Eligible: You can submit specific tracks to Facebook for revenue collection that: Use only your own material for which you have exclusive rights. Use third-party material for which you have exclusive rights. Ineligible: You can not submit tracks to Facebook for revenue collection that: Contain public domain clips or speeches Contain any audio library samples, sound effects, or production loops (such as GarageBand loops) Contain any third party content that you do not have exclusively licensed (such as samples you do not have exclusively licensed) Are karaoke versions. (Violations of these guidelines may lead to permanent blocking of your account from Terrabyte Studios Content ID.)

To collect the most money from the use of your music in other people's videos, you need access to
Facebook’s system, and access is typically restricted to large labels, publishers and distributors. The Facebook Rights Manager system is very complex and requires training and knowledge to navigate
Facebook’s system to collect revenue and manage rights effectively.

Terrabyte Studios - Rights Manager for Music does not claim the copyright to any of our artists' tracks. Rights Manager claims are made on behalf of the artist and all royalties earned will be sent to them.

Facebook Audio Library is a feature for Facebook/Instagram Stories that allow users to post a snippet of your song on their story while crediting you and the song in the process.