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My Bad Experience With Beatstars.com And Their Content ID / Distribution Service — Review

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Many of you already know Beatstars.com as a pop­u­lar beat sell­ing plat­form for hip hop/rap pro­duc­ers. They offer a lot of great fea­tures and made a lot of help­ful changes in the past.

But be aware about their dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice!!

They attract with mak­ing mon­ey by stream­ing your beats on Spo­ti­fy, YouTube, Sound­cloud and many more. But the truth is that Beat­stars will take the con­trol of your beats and don’t care about the pro­duc­ers and their rights. I don’t want to write down all details of my sto­ry cause this arti­cle would be far too long. But what I was able to expe­ri­ence is unbe­liev­able.

And the start page they adver­tise:
“Would­n’t you like to get paid from oth­er peoples´s YouTube videos that use your music?”

The cor­rect sen­tence (in my opin­ion) would be:
“Wouldn´t you like to get ripped of from Beat­stars who use your music as their own?”

Here is the “short” ver­sion of my sto­ry just to show you how Beat­stars is han­dle their dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice:

More than 1 year ago I entered the dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice on beatstars.com. I send maybe 40 of my beats for dis­tri­b­u­tion. Lat­er I was won­der­ing why I got YouTube claims (by INgroove, lat­er by Beat­stars direct­ly) on so many of my beats on YouTube. I wrote INgroove more than 3 times but nev­er got any answer. Lat­er I was able to found out that INgrooves opened this claims for Beat­stars. They put all my beats into their Con­tent ID sys­tem and Iam not able any­more to mon­e­tize my videos on YouTube. I wrote the Beat­stars sup­port mul­ti­ple times. After a lot of unan­swered emails I opened oppo­si­tions for all of myy claimed instru­men­tals on YouTube because this are my beats. Then I got an angry answer from the Beat­stars CEO Abe Bat­shon that I gave them the right to mon­e­tize my beats on YouTube & Co and that I should close the oppo­si­tion asap. I asked him for the terms of use where this is writ­ten with the Con­tent ID sys­tem (because it was nowhere writ­ten at this point) and got no answer any­more. I wrote him again and again and all I got was an old YouTube video where he explains how to enter and use the dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice. There was no word about the Con­tent ID sys­tem or the claims or any­thing else. I asked him again for the offi­cial terms of use and nev­er got an answer about this (cause it was nowhere writ­ten as I think).

Then I saw that my beats on Spo­ti­fy & Co are all UNTAGGED (with­out voice tags). This was also nowhere writ­ten and means that every­body with a min­i­mum tech­ni­cal­ly skill is able to down­load and use my beats with­out pay­ing for them. So I wrote the Beat­stars sup­port again and asked for a take­down of all my beats from their Con­tent ID sys­tem and all part­ner sites where they uploaded my untagged beats. I got an answer that I have to pay for the take­down. I asked them again where I can read the terms of use about this. The answer was that they will make an excep­tion and delete my beats free of charge (cause it was nowhere writ­ten that I´ll have to pay for a take­down). They told me to wait 60–90 days for the take­down. I wait­ed longer than that and 90% of my beats stay online. I wrote them on a month­ly base for more than a half year before they start­ed to remove just some of my beats from their Con­tent ID sys­tem and part­ner pages. But 90% of my beats still online after more than 6 month. I need­ed more than 4 addi­tion­al month and a offi­cial (paid) lawyer to get 70% of my beats removed from their Con­tent ID sys­tem and part­ner sites!

It’s unbe­liev­able but true, they just don’t give a sh** about the rights of pro­duc­ers and cus­tomers. They also don´t care if I would take legal action. I sold a lot of this beats exclu­sive­ly in the mean­while. I wrote them that they should delete this beats asap cause I don’t have any rights any­more for this beats. But they just claimed the YouTube videos from my cus­tomers who bought exclu­sive rights and just give a sh** about it! I delet­ed my whole Beat­stars account and told them that I don’t need a refund about my already paid sub­scrip­tion for 1 year, I just want­ed to get my beats removed from their dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem. After I can­celed my sub­scrip­tion and wasn’t a Beat­stars mem­ber any­more I thought they don’t have the rights any­more to make mon­ey by mon­e­tize my beats etc.. But I was wrong. Also after I delet­ed my whole paid advance account on Beat­stars they still was claim­ing me and my cus­tomers YouTube videos. They still mak­ing mon­ey with my and my cus­tomers beats by stream­ing them on mul­ti­ple plat­forms and open claims on YouTube. They just stopped to send my pay­out for the dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice because Iam not a mem­ber of Beat­stars any­more. So Beat­stars is try­ing to mak­ing mon­ey with beats from pro­duc­ers in any way and absolute­ly give no sh** about the rights of their producers+their cus­tomers! I would say that at Beat­stars it´s all about the mon­ey. Beat­stars is dead for me!

I had a lot of strange trou­ble with sound­click in the past few years (like a lot of active pro­duc­ers on sound­click had). But this is the worst I ever saw in the beat sell­ing indus­try! Beat­stars is mak­ing mon­ey out­side of all inter­na­tion­al copy­right laws and give a sh** about pro­duc­ers, lawyers and cus­tomers. It’s the worst beat sell­ing com­pa­ny I ever saw. I know that Beat­stars offer a lot of good fea­tures and for some peo­ple it´s maybe real­ly prof­itable. But do you real­ly want to offer your beats on such an igno­rant and “greedy for mon­ey” beat sell­ing plat­form? Iam not say­ing that every­thing is bad on Beat­stars. But this is my opin­ion about Beat­stars. Just think about it if its worth to make some addi­tion­al dol­lar in a month to get trou­ble like this.

Maybe you had sim­i­lar expe­ri­ence with Beat­stars?
Feel free to write your expe­ri­ence and / or opin­ion in the com­ments.

InsaneBeatz

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  • please look at this mess they did to me and now they are say­ing I am with two mon­e­ti­za­tion com­pa­nies and that if i want to get off its 5 dol­lars a track on beat stars like what are you seri­ous your charg­ing me to keep my rights as a pro­duc­er and then not pay me and then take my rights and my mon­ey as well for my beats…

    I just wrote them a let­ter say­ing this.…

    there is no where in this pol­i­cy that says it cost 5 dol­lars per track to take down my music and I want to ask peace­ful­ly that all my music is tak­en down off this site. I do not see any­where where it says I have to pay a fee for each track that i own for mon­e­ti­za­tion. you guys are destroy­ing my work over mon­ey and tak­ing my rights I real­ly do not appre­ci­ate this and you guys are not help­ing at all. I did not agree to those rights this is my music you are talk­ing about. I would like all my music from being mon­e­tized please you guys opened a case on sound­cloud and now are block­ing my music from being lis­tened to. this is real­ly absurd. I want to leave the site and com­plete­ly delete my whole cat­a­log which i worked hard for. charg­ing me 5 dol­lars to take me off mon­e­ti­za­tion i read the state­ments and it is not there. you guys are being very schem­ish and it’s val­ued as a cus­tomer. it almost seems like your not even going to pay me for my streams and just keep the rights to my music. that is real­ly a sad day for as an artist. you guys blocked my fans in the unit­ed states and now blocked me from delet­ing this mon­e­ti­za­tion so you can keep my mon­ey as well. wow shocked. i need to speak to the own­er please.

  • im in same sit­u­a­tio they wont let me remove their mon­e­ti­za­tion with­out a $5 per song how­ev­er it quick­ly by one but­ton can add all your songs and cat­a­log now im stuck because i havent seen any pay for many plays and want to can­cel. I dont believe its right to charge for them to remove their mon­e­ti­za­tion from our sound­clouds, youtubes, andau­doimacks

  • Thanks for shar­ing your sto­ry man. I was research­ing sound­cloud mon­e­ti­za­tion because it sound­ed too good to be true and all i found were beat­stars pro­mo­tion pages… I was lit­er­al­ly about to send my tracks and then I came across this. Thanks again man, this is some seri­ous­ly preda­to­ry shit that should be ille­gal!

  • Beat­stars is a mon­ey hun­gry sys­tem designed to get you sucked in. This is not a place to upload your beats to. I’m still f*cking bat­tling them to take down my beats.

    Sound­click is shady as hell too now. They called me up and offered 6 months free, once I did, they billed me right after and said there’s noth­ing they can do.

    There’s only two places you can trust, Soundgine and MFS.

    • That’s sad to hear. Anoth­er vic­tim of the beat­stars sys­tem. I also believe in MFS. I nev­er had any seri­ous prob­lems with them with­in the last 4–5 years and the cus­tomer sup­port is just great! I wish you good luck for the take­down of your beats.

  • Bro! I start­ed to have prob­lems with them now! I made 50$ fee for take­down my beats. They even dont want to tell me which tracks are issued! This is real­ly annoy­ing. They even answer me sometimes.They told me that there is no way to con­tact with their man­ag­ing team that is tak­ing care of that. I have my own beats i made and they just dont give a shit! I will see what will hap­pen i hope they will make it right. Oth­er­wise i will find a lawyer.

    • That’s pret­ty sad to hear that they still act like this. I thought they made some changes in the mean­time. I wish you all the best and good luck to solve this prob­lem with beat­stars! Did they wrote this some­thing about this fee for take­down in their terms of use? It was­n’t writ­ten any­where when I had all this this prob­lems.

      Best regards
      InsaneBeatz

    • It is about their dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem. Iam not sure how it is now, but when I had the prob­lems it was need­ed to acti­vate the dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem for each beat to enter the con­tent ID sys­tem.

  • Hi guys. Been look­ing into some web­sites to start sell­ing my beats. Came across this arti­cle and it’s giv­en me seri­ous sec­ond thoughts about Beat­stars and Sound­click. From what I researched Beat­stars def­i­nite­ly looked like the web­site to use. Now read­ing all these hor­ror sto­ries, I am recon­sid­er­ing.

    At the present moment (Late 2016) would you guys still not rec­om­mend Beat­stars.

    If so, what would be your rec­om­mend­ed alter­na­tive to sell­ing beats online.

    Your feed­back is high­ly appre­ci­at­ed.

    Thanks !

    • Hey Rel­ly,

      I’m not a mem­ber any­more since I had this prob­lems with beat­stars. But I get mails on a reg­u­lar basis from peo­ple who tell me that they have the same prob­lems with beat­stars and ask for some help / what they should do. I think you can sign up at beat­stars just for using the beat­store but be aware about their dis­tri­b­u­tion ser­vice and cus­tomer sup­port.

  • What up.
    Think­ing about join­ing Beat­Stars to sell my beats, I came across this post. I’m quite hap­py I did, actu­al­ly.
    Now what do you think is the best way of sell­ing beats online? Myself I think the best way is to have an own site in order to con­trol every­thing and ben­e­fit­ing from your own traf­fic, but what are your opin­ions?

    Peace & love
    Dadi Vozo

  • Whats up guys. Thanks for all the info. This helped out allot. I won’t be using their dis­tri­b­u­tion. I will only be upload­ing beats to the beat store. A good idea for every­one, use these sites to direct all the traf­fic back to your store.

    Peace!
    Stray1

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  • today I paid them 9,90 dol­lar to upgrade my basic account (which I had since Jan 2016) — and I uploaded 3 more tracks. I was curi­ous about the fact that they have a new ser­vice for pro­mo­tion, that comes with anoth­er upgrade, the “pre­mi­um” account: well, it said that I could choose between “Month­ly pay­ment” (which I choose, like„ten dol­lars or so)
    and “Year­ly pay­ment” (179 dol­lars)- I choose month­ly and they sent me an email which tells me ” next month, at the end of Octo­ber, they will charge 179 dol­lars from by Bank account !!!! FUCK THEM- I delet­ed my account- every fuck­ing track

  • Use Dis­trokid they are the best for dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion and way bet­ter. Unlim­it­ed up loads for one low price per year. NO min­i­mum to take your earn­ings out, yes if you make a pen­ny you can take that out. Unlim­it­ed Album and Sin­gle uploads. I just paid 11.99 for an entire year of dig­i­tal dis­tri­b­u­tion. You keep 100% of your roy­al­ties ..

  • Hey just want­ed to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pic­tures aren’t load­ing prop­er­ly. I’m not sure why but I think its a link­ing issue. I’ve tried it in two dif­fer­ent browsers and both show the same out­come.

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  • hey guys ive been look­ing into beat­stars I came across this arti­cle and im glad I did I cant believe that they are so greedy and so quick to cheat the pro­duc­er. does any­one rec­om­mend anoth­er web­site or have any ideas on what is the best way to sell your beats

  • Thank you guys for the info but, can i use thi­er site just to sell beats in their store or they will be able to cheat me too ??

    • I believe you can sell your beats on beat­stars. Basi­cal­ly my prob­lem at the time was relat­ed to the Con­tent ID sys­tem and how they dealt with it.

  • are they still doing this shady busi­ness ??? ive got­ten paid from my music through dis­tri­b­u­tion but i know they take a big­ger cut

  • Hey, the best thing to do guys is make your own beat sell­ing site and fuck them oth­er plat­forms. I made my own. My site is mannishbeats.com and i’m also with dis­trokid for dis­tri­b­u­tion. I made my own site cause I did­n’t want any­thing to hap­pen like its going for you guys. Hate that hap­pened to ya’ll. I have a free account on beat stars, but i’m gonna delete it now

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