I’m rarely impressed by a new service for musicians, but there are exceptions. Audiam looked like it was off to a great start initially in 2013 and appeared to be most of what the makers touted it to be. Time will tell if they can deliver on the initial promise of this service.
In addition to being a YouTube payment service that uses music signature recognition (and I have seen this work well in my own account), they have also allied with DistroKid for other music submissions. Jeff Price, former TuneCore founder, has been looking for opportunities to spread the news of his new venture (be sure to read the comments under that link).
Downsides to being an early entry into this market included no way to recover your passcode if you forgot it. Since December of 2013 they have an easy-to-use password reset mechanism in place.
It’s hard to tell if Audiam will really help musicians or succeed as a business at all at this point. CDBaby includes YouTube in their sync licensing, but you have to pay the album or single price for each submission. TuneCore charges a one-time-fee currently for “Music Publishing” that includes YouTube. Audiam only charges a percentage if you actually get paid from the advertising dollars for the video
in which your music is used 100%. In other words, if there are a bunch of other composers’ works in the same video, it’s unlikely that you’ll get paid. Obviously, if there are multiple claims for the same composition, YouTube will put a hold on payments from the video. Be sure that you don’t already have another service representing your compositions when you submit them to Audiam. (See the comments where Peter Wells cleared up my misunderstanding about this.)
Please share in the comments if you’re using Audiam and especially if you’ve started to get payouts. Though I was initially impressed, I’m uncertain if Audiam will be a long-term success at this point.