Digital Distribution System

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!earshot Digital Distribution – How it works FAQ

The !earshot digital distribution system is designed to replace the physical, antiquated system of sending CD’s into campus and community radio stations in the hope that stations will put them into their libraries.  The system is designed to allow all facets of the music industry to upload content (new and their back catalogues) to an online pool, to which stations and their programmers will be able to directly access those song with enhanced searchable functionality and reporting systems.  The !eDDS WILL replace physical distribution system in Canada. Below outlined the benefits and tools the system will have for each sector.

Both radio station staff and independent programmers (if approved by the station), will have access to the entire pool of music though a digital login.  This means all of Canada can become “local”, when it comes to finding new and songs from hard to find genres of music. Functionality includes:

  • Extensive search and save functionality to discover new music
  • Ability to rate and support found music
  • See what other programmers are playing
  • Communicate with the label/artist for interview requests
  • Create playlists
  • Email notification when new material is released that matches saved search criteria (based on your preference and frequency)
  • Reduce library costs and storage as content is located directly on the systems servers
  • Much more


Music Industry
In an effort to reduced costs, the !eDDS should save approximately 70% of costs in comparison to servicing ½ of the community sector.  This means that artists, labels and distributors can reach double the number of stations, and jump the station barrier to reach upwards of 10,000 programmers directly.  Benefits of the system include:

  • No need for physical CD (Production cost, delivery, and breakage)
  • Access to many more points of airplay
  • Acceptance of singles
  • Ability to reach many more markets and a very reduced timeline
  • Communication in-house with station and programmers
  • Ability to oversee multiple users to streamline uploads
  • Easy and automated reporting
  • Much more