updated 01:20 pm EST, Thu February 2, 2006
Tunecore artists on iTunes
A new service has emerged allowing artists to publish their own tracks and albums on Apple's iTunes Music Store, as well as RealNetworks' Rhapsody service without the need for record labels. "TuneCore is a music delivery and distribution service that gets music you created (even cover versions) up for sale on iTunes and Rhapsody without asking for your rights or taking any money from the sale or use of your music." Artists get 100 percent of what iTunes and Rhapsody pay for tracks, and artists keep all rights/ownership of their music. Tunecore charges customers an annual maintenance and storage fee of $8 per Album, EP, or Single, as well as one-time individual delivery fees of $1 per Album, EP, or Single. The service allows artists to publish their works via iTunes U.S., Canada, Japan, U.K./Europe, and iTunes Australia. Users can upload music via the website or mail a CD to tunecore, and the company offers an online art tool to create custom album covers.