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We understand that many artists & labels will be affected by issues at 3tone Music which have been widely reported on by major press publications such as CMU and the BBC. If you, or someone you know needs to switch from 3tone Music, read our guide on how to ensure a smooth switch to EmuBands.

There’s no simple switch in the back-end of streaming services to transfer catalogues, the process of switching your releases from 3tone Music (or any distributor) to EmuBands involves you adding identical versions of those releases to the EmuBands system, before asking 3tone Music to take their versions down.

Why EmuBands?

  • We’re a Spotify Preferred Provider
  • Get Instant Access to Spotify for Artists
  • Set Your Own Release Date: As far in advance as you want, at no extra cost
  • Keep 100% of your Royalties – We do not take commission from what you earn
  • A range of tiers to suit your needs, with simple, one-time set-up fees per release
  • Pre-save Link Set-up – We can help you set up a pre-save campaign
  • Playlist Pitching – Get your music heard by editors
  • Royalty Payment Splitting – Set up automatic splits for collaborators
  • Stay In Control – Request a royalty payment at any time, with no minimum threshold
  • No Hidden Costs
  • Expert Support – Our expert customer service team have been providing specialist guidance and support to thousands of artists and labels since 2005

Here are some things you should bear in mind when you’re ready to switch from 3tone Music to EmuBands:

Sign up for an EmuBands account

Sign up for your free account here: dashboard.emubands.com

Choose Your Tier

What level of support and services do you require?
We have three packages – Basic, Plus, and Pro.

Basic – our no frills, low-cost distribution service with no annual fees. Simply pay the set-up cost for your release, and that’s it.

Plus – this has lots of Supercharged Release Features, like custom pricing, label name, custom track title casing/capitalisation, and much more.

Pro – this is our top-tier package, with Professional Tools & Expert Support. Get playlist pitching, royalty payment splitting, and a personal account manager available via phone & live chat.

Here’s the full list of features for each package: Simple Pricing

Add Your Releases

Once you’ve picked your support package, it’s time to add your releases.
This is a really simple process; our uploader tool can be accessed at any time within your EmuBands account – just hit the green ‘Add a New Release’ button on the homepage of the Dashboard.

Make Sure Your Play Counts Transfer!

A question we’re asked a lot; “How do I keep my streams & followers on Spotify?”.

We have a lot of experience in making sure artists & labels give themselves the best chance of their play counts on Spotify transferring over when they move releases from another distributor to EmuBands.

It is important to bear in mind, that whilst track linking is never 100% guaranteed, to give yourself the best chance of linking two versions of a recording, you should ensure that the metadata is as identical as possible. This means that when you are adding your releases to the EmuBands system, you should make sure that the following factors are the exact same as the version released by your previous distributor;

• Track Title
• Version Information (Like ‘Acoustic Version’, ‘Live Version’, etc.)
• Artist Name
• ISRC (What is an ISRC?)
• Audio File – really important

The chances of the track play-counts linking are decreased each time you use a different piece of data listed above between the two recordings. So, whilst it isn’t a guarantee that the play-counts will transfer, if you make sure that everything listed above matches, then you’re giving yourself the best chance.

Whilst we can get releases live on Spotify within 72 hours, if you’re hoping to transfer play-counts over, we recommend that you add the release to our system at least 1 week before your other distributor takes down their version. Don’t worry about two versions of your release showing up on Spotify during this period – only one of them will show on the Spotify app, but it’ll help with the track-linking process.

Getting 3tone Music to Issue Takedowns

After you’ve added new versions of your release(s) to our system, you should ask your 3tone Music rep to begin the process of removing any of your releases that you’re choosing to re-distribute through us. This shouldn’t take any more than a few days to sort out, but every distributor is slightly different, so it is worth checking with them when they expect the releases to come down.

At EmuBands, we can get your music on most digital services within 24-72 hours of it being processed by our team.

For more information on our prices, and to get started, click here.

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