The CD Baby story!

We exist to give independent musicians like you the same advantages and reach that “signed” artists enjoy, without interfering with your creative vision or claiming ownership of your music. We’ve been helping artists sell music since 1998, and we’re proud to champion the efforts of hundreds of thousands of musicians around the world. With CD Baby, you’ll wield the power to reach the ears, hearts, and minds of listeners across the globe – without compromise.

Artists like Macklemore, The Antlers, The National, and Bon Iver came up being distributed by CD Baby (their catalog titles remain there). Ingrid Michaelson and Gregory Alan Isakov have continued their partnerships with CD Baby throughout their decidedly independent and hugely successful careers. Artists like Greg Brown and Grant Lee Phillips once again demonstrated how it’s possible to drop the old label system and run your own career as an indie.

CD Baby facts and figures

  • Began as a garage startup in 1998
  • Now the world’s biggest online distributor of indie music
  • Over $300 million paid to artists, and counting
  • Over 400,000 independent albums in stock
  • Over 330,000 indie artists selling music through CD Baby
  • 5 million tracks in our digital distribution catalog
  • Over 2.2 million CDBaby.com customers
  • Partnered with more digital retailers (iTunes, Amazon, Google . . .) than any other distributor
  • Run by a staff of indie musicians who (collectively) play in over 100 bands, ensembles, or other musical projects
  • Based in Portland, Oregon (land of microbrews, overcast skies, and constant creativity)
  • Over 850 genres of music represented on cdbaby.com

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