Once only available to major players, direct deals with digital broadcasters and services are starting to trickle down into the music indie sector. The latest defection from SoundExchange is indie music and film distributor The Orchard, who announced the move in a letter to its artists and labels. Some of the better know labels distributed by The Orchard include Cleopatra Daptone, Eclipse, Frenchkiss, Purenoise, Nuclear Blast, Sesame Street, TVT and Shoot to Kill Music While details of the deal were not disclosed, The Orchard promised its clients "highly improved accuracy" and "more money in your pockets," along with monthly instead...

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