Selling music on iTunes

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 10, 2007
Updated • Nov 7, 2017
Music and Video

The Tunecore online service offers an incredible opportunity for anyone who is creating music. You can use Tunecore to upload your music to the company's site, and publish it on well known online music stores such as Apple iTunes, eMusic, Sony Connect or Rhapsody.

It is possible to upload single songs, albums, cover art and anything else that is related to music. Tunecore gets non exclusive rights to submit the songs and albums to the stores that you select during the process, and to collect the money that these songs generate on the stores and sites.

They claim no other rights, for instance merchandise rights or master recording copyrights.

You may wonder how the service makes money? This is easy to answer: Tunecore charges fees for certain activities.You pay $9.99 each year for sending a single song to all supported stores, or $29.99 in the first year and $49.99 all following years for music albums.

You can also use Tunecore to distribute ringtones for $19.99 per year, or hire them to administrate the publishing of your music.

The process to upload songs to Tunecore is relatively easy:

  1. Start with a free, no-obligation account
  2. Add an album at your My Discography page
  3. Choose your stores. (iTunes etc)
  4. Add album cover art
  5. Add songs
  6. Upload your album
  7. Get your money from your My Account page.

I suggest you take a close look at the faq which answers many questions that you might have right now and at the how it works page. It is also possible to get CDs pressed or airplay for your songs.

I really can't say much about the prices for the CDs, if anyone knows more about this please comment on this. New bands should take a look at the marketing and promotion tips which is a must read if you are serious about using the service.

So why would you want to use Tunecore if you can do it all by yourself? The core reasons are that it is a lot cheaper and faster for you to set everything up.

Tunecore has certainly its appeal. You pay them less than $100 to get your album or single on major music stores, and earn all the revenue that your music creates from it (apart from what the company takes who operates the store).  The main appeal is that it is fast and straightforward, and that you do not pay a lot of money upfront to be listed in those stores.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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