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:
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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