TuneCore, found online at TuneCore.com, is a company who says their goal is to give artists equal access to digital music distribution and global publishing administration because they believe independence is the new music industry.
TuneCore promises that artists who distribute their music using their service will get to keep 100% of their rights, and will receive 100% of the money that is made from the sales of their music.
How Does It Work?
Creating an account with TuneCore is completely free to begin with. Once you have established your account, you will have an opportunity to create a single, an album, or a ringtone.
Once your music is created and the services are paid for, you can begin distributing through major retailers like iTunes, Amazon, iHeartRadio, and many more. Once your music has been released for distribution it will begin appearing as early as 24 hours later in certain venues, anywhere between 3-7 days in others, and still longer in others. It depends on their individual company policies.
The cost of the creation and year long distribution of a single is $9.99, $19.99 for a ringtone, and $29.99 for a whole album. These fees change if you choose to maintain distribution longer than a single year.
There is a one time fee of $75 for Publishing Administration if that is a service that you are interested.
TuneCore utilizes mobile applications in as much as their distribution will go through popular music mobile applications like Spotify.
Unfortunately the Terms and Conditions of this website clearly state that refunds will not be given for any fees associated with the creation of and submission of music to their distribution network.
Customer Service Contact Info
Currently it appears that the only way for members to contact Customer Service is by submitting their questions, concerns, or issues directly to the website using their submission form - there is no mailing address or telephone number published on the website.
In general TuneCore seems to have a positive reputation, especially because the musicians that use their website do get 100% of the net sales generated by their music. However there have been some complaints regarding artists whose accounts have been frozen - in response TuneCore has said that this often takes place because an artist has sampled either music or lyrics without following proper licensing and copywrite laws, so this is something to be aware of.
Is It Safe?
There does not seem to be any complaints regarding safety at this time.
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