“Industrial goth rocker Trent Reznor isn’t usually mentioned in the same sentence with artists like Over the Rhine and Steven Delopoulos, but all three have something in common: in the last year, the bands ditched record labels altogether. Instead, they’re part of a bold new experiment that could let artists hang onto more rights, make more money, and go directly to fans. It’s possible through a startup called TuneCore that let all three bands get their music into digital stores like eMusic and iTunes… for just $30 a year. All royalties—and all rights—remain with the artists.
Jeff Price, who heads TuneCore, says that “the music industry changed” when the service went live, but can a small Brooklyn outfit running on rented virtual servers really remake the music biz? Let’s take a look… and then upload an original Ars composition to see how well the system works.”
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Source: Ars Technica
TuneCore is a rather interesting new way for up and coming musicians, and well established ones, can become their own record label so that people can hear their music. For $19.98 a year per album, plus one time fees of $0.99 per song on the album, and $0.99 for each music store that you want them to make it available on, your music is as easily accessible as any other band on iTunes. Check out how well it worked for Ars Technica.