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Tunecore signs up iTunes artists

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969



    After almost 30 years in the business, I must say this is one of the coolest ideas anyone has come up with concerning music being sold on the Net. Cheers!

  1. threestain

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cracking idea!

    This is, at last, a genuinely great idea for music publication. Lovely!

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RIP Music Labels

    And tonight on The History Channel, Music Labels - What they were and why they died in the early 21st Century!

  1. MacnnGregor

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Those costs are so unrealistically low it seems! It is great, but I would almost feel better about being charged a little more money. I guess it is human nature. I appreciate things that I pay for sometimes more than what I get for free.

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