I’d wager if you were to survey a cross section of non-musicians about where they listen to music online, you would get something that looks like a giant pie piece comprised of YouTube / SoundCloud / Spotify and another 20-30% represented by the cumulative “other”, I don’t have facts to back this up but that’s my impression. Soundcloud does not have audio optimized for music, SoundCloud and Spotify do but the commercials and difficulty of sorting through content make people stick to what they listen to. If you use any service where you pay for “pro” you’re already paying more into it than it’s probably worth. It’s an illusion that we’re part of, a cycle of diminishing returns. In that case my honest opinion is go with what you’re happiest with. What requires the least upkeep, what do you feel most confident that your content is protected by.
Like I said, this is strictly speculative but my impression is that internet artist uploaded music and streaming services are headed to hell in a handbasket (to use the term loosely) and at this point, where your stuff is already uploaded may be the best place to keep it. If you’re really unhappy with distrokid, I imagine the trade offs of the other sites can be balanced if you make columns and see which list gives you a bigger headache. It’s unfortunately that kind of subject these days, isn’t it?
Of course, the caveat is that if you’re a popular or other sort of musician on the rise, you need to think about it more carefully and plot it as you would any other business decision. I’m talking about for us of the receding hairline amateur enthusiast type