CD Baby Partners with Shazam, the World’s Most Popular Music Discovery Mobile App

March 6, 2013{ 49 Comments }

How to Get Your Music on ShazamHow to get your music on Shazam

Exciting news: CD Baby is the first independent music aggregator to partner with Shazam— and, more importantly, music by CD Baby artists will soon be discovered using Shazam’s popular music IDing app.

[Important note: CD Baby delivers music to Shazam’s database on a daily basis; but as this partnership is still fairly new, it will take some time for them to ingest our entire catalog. If you can’t ID your music on Shazam yet, you should be able to soon. Thanks for your patience.]

You know Shazam, right? It’s a magical mobile app available for iPhones, iPads, Droids, etc.

How Shazam works: if you’re curious about a song that’s playing on the radio or on someone’s stereo (in a bar, cafe, restaurant, car, etc.),  you just hold your phone or tablet up to the music source and Shazam will automatically tell you the name of the artist, song, and album — plus give you a direct link to purchase the track from stores  like iTunes and Amazon. Shazam drove over $300 million in iTunes and Amazon sales last year!

CD Baby artists can now be Shazam’d

Shazam’s audio recognition technology revolutionized the music discovery process, and we’re psyched that CD Baby artists will now be included in Shazam’s database, greatly increasing the chances that their music will be discovered, shared, and purchased. With Shazam, a new fan is only a couple taps away.


Artists who’ve set their digital distribution level to “traditional” or higher will automatically have their music delivered to Shazam.

Getting Radio Play the Easy Way

  • http://blog.hostbaby.com/ Chris B at CD Baby

    As long as you are opted into digital distribution, you will be delivered to Shazam. You should be able to see if you are delivered yet in your account. It may take a while for Shazam to ingest our whole catalog.

  • http://blog.hostbaby.com/ Chris B at CD Baby

    Sorry for the goof. The new page is not live yet.

    As long as you are opted into digital distribution, you will be delivered to Shazam. You should be able to see if you are delivered yet in your account. It may take a while for Shazam to ingest our whole catalog.

  • http://blog.hostbaby.com/ Chris B at CD Baby

    As long as you are opted into digital distribution, you will be delivered to Shazam. You should be able to see if you are delivered yet in your account. It may take a while for Shazam to ingest our whole catalog. We appreciate your patience.

  • Linda Vee Sado

    Story of my life. The site has me mixed up with another artist and shows their band photo on my song

    • http://www.myspace.com/kevinwaynesongs Kevin Wayne

      Def you should complain. That is something that must be fixed!

    • Garvin Dean

      Me too- I just tried Shazam'n one of my tunes that's been on CD Baby for a while and it comes back as entirely different artist and tune.

      • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

        I would contact Shazam to let them know about the mix up.

        @ChrisRobley

  • http://twitter.com/gidgey Bridget Willard

    Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.huntington Dale Huntington

    Would love if you added soundhound.

  • http://uber.la jmacofearth

    Thank you cdbaby. this is a great service not to require us to publish a cd to send it to shazam. I can't wait to show up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/walter.goulet.3 Walter Goulet

    Thank You CDBABY Staff Love this Idea.
    heard about it a few or more years ago,but
    better late than never .Really excited, Great Job!!!!!!

    walter goulet

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Thanks, Walter!

      @ChrisRobley

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbaehner Caroline Baehner

    this is really a terrific idea. I looooouuuuuv cdbaby. Sweet Caroline. "skye"

  • Gerard Jerry Garramo

    Shazam sounds great but i think the only way i am going to sell music is to pay the national raido stations about 8.000 a week to get any sales then i better have CD's ready for distribution!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Howard Seibel

    Howard Seibel here.Since you people told me about radioairplay.com "Color Blind" has been played like 1,417 times to date all around the world.Thank you so much.It's such a kick to see my music go out to to so many people. Yeah Shazam sounds great.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    We just started delivering our catalog recently, so it might take a while for them to get everything up and running.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Sadly, no. They don't provide any reporting.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    We recently started delivering our catalog to them, so it might take them a while to ingest and activate.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Thanks, y'all.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Anyone that has set their CD Baby digital distribution level at "traditional" or higher will be included in our deliveries to Shazam (unless you specifically opt out). Those deliveries just started recently, so it will take a while for the whole catalog to be ingested and activated in Shazam's database. If you've set your level to "everything that pays" then you're definitely included for Shazam.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    We just recently started delivering tracks to them, so it'll take a while for the whole catalog to be ingested and activated in Shazam's catalog.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000356547898 David Smith

    CD Baby—–always doing great things for us.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Send an email to cdbaby@cdbaby.com and we can look into it.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Once you've download the Shazam app, you tap right on the big black Shazam circle displayed on your phone.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    We just started delivering music to them recently, so it could take a while. Check back in a few weeks.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey James,

    Send an email with these questions to cdbaby@cdbaby.com and we can look into it for you.

  • http://aristake.com/ Ari Herstand

    This is HUGE news! Congrats CD Baby on this partnership.

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Thanks, Ari. Did you make it to one of our parties in Austin?

      @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    We're delivering all genres. So spoken word/comedy is included.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidrmohr David Robert Mohr

    Thank you so much for this Shazam service and for the Radioplay.com site. I signed-up and within 20 minutes, my songs were being heard all over the world. Keep up the great work!

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      Nice. Glad to hear it. Thanks!

      @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    We just recently started making deliveries, so it could take quite some time for our entire catalog to be uploaded to their database.

  • disqus_nEyam35cTq

    It's been almost a full month since this post and my music is still not recognized by Shazam. Is it still ingesting?

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Yes. We're sending them music every week. It's just gonna take some time for the whole catalog to be ingested.

    @ChrisRobley

  • Pingback: How to Get Your Music on Shazam DIY Musician Blog()

  • http://www.facebook.com/SharonBrooksMusic Sharon Brooks

    Same here…tried tagging my music and it brought someone else's info up

  • Ajay

    Hi, my latest album is on Shazam but not the earlier one. Why the delay?

    • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

      We're making daily deliveries to Shazam, but it will take them a while to ingest our entire music catalog.

      @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    You'll see on the delivery history page in your CD Baby member account the date when we sent your music to Shazam (if we've sent it yet). But it will take Shazam some time to fully ingest and activate the entire CD Baby catalog.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    When you're in your dashboard, click the "edit" button for a particular album/single. Then on the album dashboard, you'll see a "Digital Distribution" category. The bottom-most link there will show your "digital delivery history." Click that, or you should be able to find it here:—&nbsp ;https://members.cdbaby.com/AlbumDetails/DigitalDelivery-Status.aspx

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey Rex,

    We delivered your music to Shazam in March (except for one album that hadn't been sent yet — so we got that on the list of albums that will get delivered today). Are you sure your music isn't identifiable in their database yet?

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Looks like you have several CD Baby accounts. The one we checked had 7 albums, and 6 had been sent in March. One was sent yesterday. But to check the status of all your albums, send cdbaby@cdbaby.com an email or call us at 1-800-Buy-My-CD and we can look into it.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Aha. I'll send a note to our artist support team and tell them to deliver everything as soon as they can.

    @ChrisRobley

    • RexStrother

      Bless you.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Also, sorry for the delay.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Hey James,

    Our Shazam deliveries have not been as quick as, say, our iTunes deliveries — since they're a new partner, and we're sending them the whole catalog. But your album is at the top of the list for our next batch of deliveries. Should be in Shazam's hands soon. Then it's just up to their schedule for adding it to the database.

    @ChrisRobley

  • Jackson Rice

    I just tried my latest CD '59 It Speaks for Itself" and it works. Only my older title does not.
    Thanks for checking on this.

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Ok. The easiest way to get this taken care of would be to send cdbaby@cdbaby.com an email with the titles of all your albums that have not yet been delivered to Shazam (you can see delivery histories in your members account), and ask that the remaining titles be prioritized for Shazam delivery.

    @ChrisRobley

  • http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/author-chris-robley Christopher Robley

    Write to cdbaby@cdbaby.com with your artist/album info and we can look into it for you.

    @ChrisRobley