My last post in this series was over CD Baby. TuneCore does pretty much the same thing – and that’s getting your music to iTunes and other digital retailers so people can buy your music and make you rich and famous.
TuneCore has a few differences, though, and I’m going to highlight those here, as well as detail my personal experience with them.
The main difference between TuneCore and CD Baby (that I can see) is in the pricing – it’s a totally different model. It works like this:
Singles are $9.99 and albums are $49.99. Both prices are PER YEAR. This is the big difference from CDBaby (in costs). Also – the UPC barcodes are included. So, to break it down, here’s a comparison.
- TuneCore: $9.99 per year
- CD Baby: $14.99 – one time fee
- TuneCore: $49.99 per year
- CD Baby: $59.99 – one time fee
You might be thinking that CD Baby is a no-brainer in the long term, but they payout model is a bit different, too.
TuneCore passes 100% of profits to you. This is huge. When your song sells on iTunes for $0.99, Apple keeps 30% and then TuneCore pays you the rest, which is $0.693 per sale of one song.
CD Baby keeps 9% and pays you 91%. That same song that payed you $0.693 with TuneCore gets you $0.637 with CD Baby. You might think that 5.6 cents no big deal, but it can be significant. So, the pricing differences take on a bit of a different story. I think I’ll make another post soon where I’ll discuss which service to go with and why – to me it depends on a couple different factors.
Just like with CD Baby, the process of getting your album or single up and running is super easy. It’s all digital – you upload the artwork and music, fill out the info and submit.
TuneCore handles reporting a bit better than CD Baby, in my opinion. They give you “weekly trend reports” from iTunes. Basically, you can see how many iTunes sales you’ve got every week. CD Baby does reports, but it’s only after iTunes pays out, which is typically about 2 months after the sale.
Here’s an example. Last week I released a single through TuneCore. The single went live on iTunes after 16 hours. The following Tuesday (just a few days ago), I was able to log in and see that I had sold 3 copies on iTunes. So thanks to the three of you that bought it! Haha. I did release it for free at NoiseTrade, though, and lots more downloaded it there. Anyway – this kind of reporting is not offered through CD Baby.
I have only used TuneCore for one single – and it’s only been out for a week. So far the service seems great. I haven’t collected any money, so I can’t comment on how smooth the payout works, but I’m guessing there won’t be any hiccups.
One note – if you don’t pay the yearly renewal fees for your singles and albums, they are taken down from the services. You’ll have to re-submit them as new singles/albums, and all stats and other data (like reviews in iTunes) will be removed as well.
Give these guys a shot if you’re looking to release something soon!