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Apple raises payments to US indie labels

updated 07:50 am EDT, Tue July 26, 2005

Indies get larger payout

Apple is of each iTunes sale. A report by Digital Music News says that Apple has raised its wholesale payout on iTunes Music Store downloads to seventy cents per song, bringing more parity between independent and major labels. "The increase first came to light in a letter sent by Derek Sivers, CEO of independent retailer CD Baby. While different wholesale figures have been floating around since the beginning of the iTunes Music Store launch, one lawyer actively negotiating iTunes deals indicated to Digital Music News that the 70 cents rate falls in line with current major label payouts." The report says the move could attract more independent labels and could extend Apple's catalog even further and that the 70 cent payout includes publishing costs.




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  1. mike3k

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iTunes accounting

    I helped my friend get his album in iTunes Music store through CD Baby and I've noticed something strange about their accounting. In iTMS it shows a track has been purchased (and I even bought a copy of it myself), yet in CD Baby's accounting page it shows 0 sales for digital distribution even though physical sales are being counted properly. Is iTunes not properly reporting sales?

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Buma Fiire

    I bought Buma Fiire. Hope your friend gets his 70c from iTunes.

    CDBaby may simply not be listing track sales, just album sales?

  1. Ganesha

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Could be lag...

    Could just be delay between the time Apple sends them the check and records of who bought what. And when CD Baby updates their data.

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