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Tom's Website of the Week: Tunecore.com

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Tom Robinson - 6 Music | 10:45 UK time, Monday, 14 December 2009


Time and again at BBC Introducing we hear from musicians who've recorded an EP or album at their own expense and are still searching for a record label to release it. My Website Of The Week, Tunecore.com allows bands and artists to release their recordings worldwide as digital downloads via iTunes, Amazon, Napster, eMusic, Amie Street and the Nokia Music Store at less than 30 quid for an entire album.

Tunecore charges an annual subscription for this service plus small flat fees on each release - while the artist gets to keep 100% of the income. And since most musicians prefer making music to wrangling with ISRC and UPC codes, the company takes care of all that for you as part of the service.

Of course, whether your music actually sells will depend on how much promotion it gets. But since a legitimate release date is also essential to even have a hope of getting reviews or serious radio play in this country (see my advice video on this topic), a release via Tunecore can help break the logjam and get things moving.

There are plenty of other similar distribution services including AWAL , 7Digital's Indiestore, Zimbalam and CDBaby that can give your music a valid digital release (see the BBC Introducing links page for more). The deals on offer vary, generally according to how much you pay up front and how much of the income you get to keep from sales, so take a look around and see which service suits you best. In the meantime, because it puts your songs in world's biggest music stores and passes on 100% of the income to you, I've made Tunecore.com the BBC Introducing Website Of The Week.



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