TuneCore is a digital music distribution service founded in 2005 by Jeff Price. TuneCore principally offers musicians and other rights-holders the opportunity to place their music into digital retailers such as iTunes, AmazonMP3, Zune Marketplace, Rhapsody, eMusic and others for sale. TuneCore also offers other goods and services to the music community, including sale of equipment and expertise. TuneCore differs from traditional music distribution by not taking any percentage off of its customers’ sales and not asking for rights, copyrights or masters nor requiring exclusivity. (Wiki) TuneCore lets artists upload their songs and album cover art. With TuneCore, artists can monitor how their music is selling and get their money the moment it becomes available.
Jeff Price, who is the founder of TuneCore, created the largest distributor of music in only four years. He says, “Music distribution is what we do, and we do it better than anyone else. We are the first place music stores come to get the music and we pride ourselves on this. When we launched four years ago, we got to change the world: For the first time in the history of the music industry, anyone could ‘sign themselves’ and get worldwide distribution of their music while keeping all their rights and 100% of the money from the sale of their music. That was a game changing paradigm then – and still is today!”
What is so great about TuneCore is that artists keep 100% of their rights. TuneCore takes none of the money from the sale of your music. In 2009 alone, the “unsigned” self-distributing bands via TuneCore sold and got paid from streams from over 65 million songs and albums earning over $32 million dollars from iTunes and other digital download stores.Jeff Price states, “three years after our launch, there is more music released via TuneCore in one day then via any major record label over the course of a year. Very soon, more music will have been released via TuneCore than all the major record labels combined. Hundreds of thousands of artists now have their music available around the world to be bought, share and sold.
According to Nielsen (self defined as “…the world’s leading marketing and media information company.”) Stated that in 2009 TuneCore released approximately 90,000 releases. If Neilsen numbers hold true, this means that every new single released in 2009 was distributed via TuneCore. “Of the 63 new releases that sold more than 250,000 copies last year, 61 were issued by major music companies.” Currently every major label is using TuneCore. TuneCore will provide distribution portals for labels, while labels will provide “marketing and upstreaming opportunities.” This includes a number of artist services, including licensing opportunities. Musicians can take advantage of these offerings without handing over their rights or revenues.
If you are an independent artist that wants to get your music out to the world, TuneCore is the distributor to use. If your ultimate goal is to get a record deal, Tunecore can help with that, too. In addition to their deal with Universal Music, which allows you to distribute your music through Universal via Tunecore, the sales history you build up at Tunecore gives you some leverage when it comes to attracting label attention. Your Tunecore sales prove that you have fans who are paying for your music and that you are a solid signing bet.
TuneCore offers many different services such as internet radio with Jango airplay, CD duplication, professional mastering, add campaigns, music mixing, and Digital Cover Art. Also you can reach more fans with TuneCore, get trending reports, and even rock your song with RockBand. How cool is that? Not only can you distribute your music online through the biggest music retailers, but you can also use these great services that can help you with your musical career.
By: Joshua Simon