The cleverly named RouteNote is yet another player in the aggregate digital distribution space. Why choose them over more popular options like CDBaby or TuneCore? In fact, RouteNote falls somewhere between these services and the newer DistroKid with their pricing model and distribution reach. The company distributes to a slightly larger group of retailers than Distrokid: iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer… but their pricing model is competitively similar. There are two options: One, pay an upfront fee ($10 single, $20 EP, $30 LP or $45 extended LP) plus an annual fee ($9.99) and keep 100% of royalties. Alternatively, you can opt for free distribution with no upfront fees, but give up 15% of your royalty stream to RouteNote. They also feature something called “RouteNote Direct” which gives participating artists a basic landing page they can direct their fans to for digital downloads. We haven’t given it a spin yet, but we’re impressed with the flexible pricing options. If you’re a small artist with no budget, giving up 15% of royalties seems like a pretty small price to pay for free distribution. And even the paid distribution is super-competitive with the current offering. Between RouteNote and DistroKid, TuneCore’s pricing is starting to look far less attractive for many independent artists.