Episode 68: Streaming versus stock music

(Last Updated On: March 9, 2021)


If you are a DIY musician and composer, you’re wondering: can I make money with my music? While there are other ways to make money, two popular options are stock music sites, and streaming (with downloading to a minor extent these days).

They are different approaches and strategies, so let’s discuss each one of them.


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This episode has the following structure:

  • Contact information and how you can support
  • Stock music discussion
  • Streaming discussion

Stock music

  • Artlist.io, Soundstripe, Pond5, Audio Jungle, Music Bed, Marmoset
  • Will be listened to by marketing people from agencies and such
  • Good for instrumental music, short jingles
  • Requires high quality work to get approved on the best services
  • Allows for your music to be available for sync with ads or movies


  • Distrokid, Tunecore, Ditto Music, CD Baby
  • Pair up with a SoundCloud Strategy
  • Traditional way of distribution, direct to public – anyone can listen
  • Requires high volume of streams to pay anything decent
  • You can upload to YouTube as well

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