1. How do sales and payments work?There are three ways your music (and one way your music videos) can earn you money in thestores and services you choose:PERMANENT DOWNLOADSA Permanent Download means someone bought your music or your music video from a storeand downloaded it to their computer, cell phone or some other media device. Each time yourmusic is bought, you get paid. There are currently two ways that you get paid by Permanentdownload: You get a Fixed Pay Rate every time someone purchases your music or music video fordownload, where you receive an unchanging, predetermined amount of money each time yourmusic is bought. The Fixed Pay Rate remains the same no matter what the store sells it for.Even if the store sells your music for a hundred dollars or a penny, you still get the Fixed PayRate. You get a Subscription Pay Rate every time someone purchases your music (not musicvideos) for download, where you receive a variable amount of money each time your music isbought. The Subscription Pay Rate is different every pay period, and is typically based on fourthings: How many songs were downloaded in a set period of time (monthly or every threemonths), How much money was made by the store in the same time frame, What "expenses" are deducted by the store, and What percentage of the remainder is contractually owed to you.The following stores all offer a Fixed Permanent Download model iTunes (all stores) iTunes Video Napster (also offers Streams, see below) Rhapsody (also offers Streams, see below) MediaNet (all stores; also offers Streams, see below) Amazon MP3 ShockHound STREAMS A Stream is when someone listens to your song (not music video) but does not own it andhas not downloaded it. People usually listen to streams as part of a subscription model similar tothe Subscription Permanent Downloads (see above), paying a monthly subscription fee for theaccess. In many ways, its like your fans joined a service that lets them rent your music. As soonas they stop paying their monthly rental fee, they will not have access to listen to your music.Each time more than thirty seconds of your music is listened to, you get paid a fee called aStreaming Pay Rate There are typically two ways to listen to a music as a stream: "Tethered" and "Non-Tethered"streams: A Tethered Stream means the media player (usually a computer) must be connected (or"tethered") to the Internet at all times in order to listen to the music.
2. A Non-Tethered Stream means the media player (either a computer or, more often, aportable iPod or iPod-like device, like a Creative Zen Vision, Toshiba Gigabeat, and so on) onlyneeds to be connected to the Internet once a month for the service to confirm that the user haspaid their monthly subscription fee. After one month, if the person either stops paying their feeOR if the person does not connect their device to the Internet to verify that they have paid, thesongs will stop playing on their computer or portable player. Each time your music streams, you get paid the Streaming Pay Rate for that store.EXCEPTION: Some stores let potential customers stream for promotion or as a "free trial." Inthose cases, even though your music may stream, you will not get paid. The following stores/services offer Streaming Pay Rate: Napster Rhapsody MediaNet (all stores) ADVERTISING There are some new services that allow people to listen to your music (not music videos) forfree. In return, the services sell advertising space on the Website where people must go andstay in order to listen to the music. The amount of money you receive each time your music islistened to is predicated on how much money the service made in advertising revenue. Back to top iTunes How does iTunes sell my music and/or music videos? There are currently seven iTunes stores: iTunes United States, selling music and music videos only in the U.S. iTunes Canada, selling music and music videos only in Canada iTunes U.K., selling music and music videos only in England, Scotland, Wales, andNorthern Ireland iTunes Europe, selling music and music videos only in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland,France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland (Republic), Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway,Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland iTunes Japan, selling music and music videos only in Japan iTunes Australia, selling music and music videos only in Australia iTunes New Zealand, selling music and music videos only in New Zealand IMPORTANT: At TuneCore, some stores are bundled together to save you money and forease of use. The following iTunes stores are bundled together so that when you purchase one,you get your music delivered to both for the same single-store price: iTunes U.K. and iTunes European Union are bundled as a single destination store for youralbum, EP or single for the same low one-store price, as iTunes U.K./Europe. iTunes Australia and iTunes New Zealand are bundled as a single destination store foryour album, EP or single for the same low one-store price, as iTunes Australia/New Zealand. All iTunes stores sell music and music videos only as permanent digital downloads (nostreaming is offered) that the customer owns and uses in the Fixed Pay Rate Permanent DigitalDownload model. Customers can purchase songs or music videos individually for a per-
3. song/per-video price, or customers can buy albums whole (not music videos), getting everysong on that album for one set price. However, this isnt always the case. See below forEXCEPTIONS. Most often, iTunes sells individual songs at $0.99 each. BUT, if a song is 10 minutes orlonger, iTunes will automatically mark that song as album only and will make the price $9.99. Ifyou want to reduce the price to something lower (the lowest price allowed for a track that is 10minutes or longer is $1.99), you can request this change by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org the email address registered in your TuneCore account. Albums are most often sold foreither the sum of all the songs on the album (for albums with ten or less songs), or for a singleset price of $9.99 for albums over ten songs. See below for EXCEPTIONS. For example, if your album has five songs, an iTunes U.S. customer can either buy the songsindividually for $0.99 or the whole album for 5 x $0.99 = $4.95. If you had another album with 12songs, an iTunes U.S. customer can either buy the songs individually for $0.99 or the wholealbum for $9.99. EXCEPTIONS: iTunes (and all other digital retailers, for that matter) reserves the right to sellmusic and/or music videos any way they want and at any price they want. When your songs,albums or music videos sell, you will always receive the wholesale price (the royalties youreceive from a sale; please refer to the payout rate chart provided below), but iTunes can sellyour music or video for a penny, a million dollars or anything in between, which is the retailprice. For music, iTunes reserves the right to make a song "purchasable only with the album."That is, no button would be placed next to the song itself, no option to download it on its ownwould be available to the iTunes customer. iTunes does this solely at their own discretion.Sometimes they do it to long songs (presumably because a 73-minute song would be too muchof a bargain for just $0.99, since thats a whole albums worth of music on a single song).Sometimes they do it to very short songs (presumably because $0.99 is too much for a 10-second song). Sometimes they simply adjust the price. However iTunes decides, TuneCore hasno say in the matter, and neither do our patrons. Regardless, once a song or an album or amusic video sells, TuneCore will pay you the required amount the moment iTunes sends themoney. There is no withholding of any sort, not from iTunes, not from TuneCore. Remember, only albums, EPs and singles can be set to sell in stores/services, not individualsongs. All songs are grouped into albums (technically, an EP and a single is an album of few orone song), and however the album is set to sell, so will all the songs on that album. Albums, EPs, singles and individual songs sell differently, so the pay rate is different: HOW MUCH IS THE PAY RATE FOR MUSIC? TuneCore takes none of the money from the sale of your music. You get it all. For the iTunesU.S. store, you receive $0.70 per song sold individually and $7.00 per album with 11 or moresongs sold in its entirety. Purchases in the iTunes stores outside of the U.S. are made in that countrys local currency.For example, if an album or song sells from the iTunes Japan store, iTunes Japan processesthe sale in Japanese yen (�). The money is then converted into U.S. dollars by TuneCore andforwarded on to you. As always, TuneCore takes none of the money from the sale of yourmusic. You get it all, but be aware that bank conversion rates are out of our control and can
4. change from day to day--the bank will convert the currency into U.S. dollars based on what theexchange rate is at the time the bank receives the money. For songs sold individually off an EP or album through the iTunes stores, TuneCore pays youthe following: iTunes Stores Worldwide: You receive iTunes U.S. Store US$0.70 (no exchange required) iTunes Australia Store Australian Dollars AU$0.99 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) iTunes New Zealand Store New Zealand Dollars NZ$1.17 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) iTunes Canada Store Canadian Dollars CAD$0.70 iTunes Japan StoreJapanese Yen �89 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) iTunes U.K. Store British Pounds �0.49 iTunes Europe Store Euros �0.71 (after September, 2007) iTunes Mexico Mexican Peso MXN$8.40 Albums and EPs are sold in their entirety in two possible ways: Albums under 11 songs and EPs are priced by the song. To calculate how much you wouldreceive from the sale of an album with less than 11 songs or an EP, multiply the number ofsongs by the pay rate of that iTunes store. Albums with 11 songs or more sold in their entirety have a set pay rate listed below. For albums with 11 or more songs sold in their entirety, you receive the following: iTunes Stores Worldwide You receive iTunes U.S. Store US$7.00 (no exchange required) iTunes Australia Store Australian Dollars AU$9.99 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) iTunes New Zealand Store New Zealand Dollars NZ$11.75 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) iTunes Canada Store Canadian Dollars CAD$7.00 iTunes Japan StoreJapanese Yen �890 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) iTunes UK Store British Pounds �4.60 iTunes Europe Store Euros �5.40 (after September, 2007) iTunes Mexico Mexican Peso MXN$84.00 IMPORTANT: Special iTunes Pricing and Pay Rates: HOW MUCH IS THE PAY RATE FOR "COMPLETE MY ALBUM" PURCHASES? iTunes lets customers who purchased some of the tracks off one of your albums to, on somefuture date, "Complete My Album" (CMA) and get the rest of the album for only the cost of theremaining tracks. For accounting purposes, CMA purchases do not appear: rather, the album counts as a fullsale, and the previously purchased track is considered refunded. EXAMPLE: If you had an album in iTunes U.S. with 15 songs/tracks and one of your fanspurchased a song from it (say, track #8) youd get the track Pay Rate of $0.70. If later the samecustomer came back and purchased the album in its entirety as a CMA, you would earn the PayRate for a whole album sale for albums over 11 songs/tracks, $7.00; a refund for the originaltrack #8 purchase would be generated, but not appear in your accounting: it would "cancel out"the next sale you had of that particular track. That is, if in the same month, someone (anyone)purchased track #8, that sale would be "cancelled out" by the CMA refund and not appear. The
5. refund remains until cancelled out by a sale, and can persist over many months until anothertrack #8 is purchased. NOTE: None of this has anything to do with the Trending Reports, which do not take intoconsideration the royalties. This is just one of many ways the Trending Reports are differentfrom the Royalty Reports, and should not be compared side-by-side. HOW MUCH IS THE PAY RATE FOR "UPGRADED" ALBUM PURCHASES? If a customer acquired your album, EP or single as a "regular" iTunes purchase in the pastand the same album, EP or single is offered in iTunes Plus, they can UPGRADE their purchasefor a small fee. You will see part of that fee as a royalty payment when the accounting for thatmonth is reported. The price for an album "upgraded" will be about $2.00 (U.S. dollars),depending on the number of tracks on the album upgraded. IMPORTANT: All of the amounts for music and/or music video sales outside of the UnitedStates are subject to the terms, conditions, taxes and laws of those countries, including: International treaties Fluctuating exchange rates Local city, state or federal taxes Tariffs and local restrictions Current trade status any countries enjoy with the United States Some countries have special rules, so that even before taxes, tariffs, exchange rates ortreaties kick in, some money is deducted by the store to pay fees and royalties dictated by localcopyright laws. So from the amount you receive for sales of your music in that country, someamount will be deducted to pay the copyright holders under the local copyright laws. Even if thecopyright holder is you, some laws require certain royalties to be paid out in that country.However, no matter what, you will get paid the pay rate, after taxes, exchange rate adjustments,etc. Remember, because of currency exchange, these pay rates can vary from country to countryand from day to day. For example, if you sell one of your songs through the iTunes U.K./Europestore, you ultimately may get a little more or less than the pay rate listed in the above tables,depending only on the foreign currency exchange rate the moment the bank received themoney. How much more or less? That changes from day to day, but always, we promise thatyou get 100% of whatever your songs earn for you. EXCEPTION: Japan has some special rules, so that even before taxes, tariffs, exchangerates or treaties kick in, some money is deducted by the iTunes Japan store to pay fees androyalties dictated by local Japanese copyright laws. So from the sales of your music in Japan,some portion will be deducted to pay the copyright holders under the copyright laws of Japan.Even if the copyright holder is you, Japanese laws require certain royalties to be paid out inJapan. However, no matter what, you will get paid the pay rate less this amount, after taxes,exchange rate, etc. EXCEPTION: Both Australias and New Zealands governments withhold 5% as a tax on allsales. This amount is already deducted when you receive your accounting. Can I submit a Digital Booklet along with my release?
6. Yes, only in iTunes. Digital booklets cannot be attached to albums that have already beendelivered to iTunes. If you have an album you are preparing to send, please DO NOT distributeyour release to iTunes until a member of our Support team has approved your booklet andnotified you that it is attached to your album. If you have a version that has already been sent toiTunes, you need to process a takedown and submit a new version with the booklet. Digitalbooklets cost an additional $20, which will be included in your album total. iTunes is extremelystrict about having the booklets meet the specs listed below, so please be sure that they areexactly to spec before submitting the PDF to TuneCore. Once your booklet is done and up tospec, please email it to email@example.com from the email registered to your TuneCoreaccount and note the associated albums UPC. PDF Specs: * PDF format with �.pdf� extension * Four-page minimum * All fonts embedded * 72 dpi minimum * 11 in x 8.264 in (28 cm x 21 cm) * RGB color * Horizontal presentation * All images full-bleed Important: These booklets are expressly designed for the iTunes Store format, and cannot bereproductions of the liner notes with borders to increase their size. Content Considerations: * When saving as PDF, make sure the document opens full screen with no negative spacesurrounding the document. * File size should be reasonable (8 - 10 MB max). If the digital booklet is many pages,consider using fewer images or optimizing images to achieve lower overall file size. * Printer�s marks are not allowed. * You cannot sell or advertise other products or services. No other promotional sites areallowed. * No links to anything outside of the booklet, except to the artist and/or label website(s). * No time-sensitive information (for example, a promotion or dates for an upcoming tour orconcert). <="" p=""> Back to top iCloud Apple announced its new iCloud service on June 6, 2011. There are two significant changes for iTunes music customers: When they buy a track on iTunes from one device (like an iPhone), it automaticallydownloads on up to 10 devices that use the same iTunes store account (for example, anotherApple computer, iPad, iTouch etc). They can re-download any of the songs they bought from iTunes an unlimited number oftimes. In both of these cases there is no additional payment made. iTunes Match
7. On June 6, 2011 Apple also announced another service in addition to iTunes and iCloudcalled iTunes Match. This service will launch in the coming months, cost subscribers $24.99 peryear and generate revenue for TuneCore Artists. For subscribers, Apple will match any music they currently have in their iTunes library on aMac or PC. If the exact same song exists in the iTunes store, that song will be available forsubscribers to access via any other Apple device they own. This includes music ripped from CD,downloaded from friends, file sharing networks and other sources. How Do TuneCore Artists Get Paid? As long as your music is available to buy in iTunes, you get paid each time a subscriber re-downloads or streams your music via iTunes Match. The amount TuneCore Artists get paid is based on a revenue share model similar to otherstores we work with. Each time your music is accessed via iTunes Match, TuneCore will pay you a proportionateshare of the total subscription revenue generated by the iTunes Match service. This means youare paid each time a subscriber re-downloads and streams your music. The pay-out rates canfluctuate each month, depending on how much subscription revenue was generated and howoften your music was re-downloaded and/or streamed. As always, TuneCore will pay out 100%of the revenue it receives for your music. iTunes Match is New Way to Make Money For TuneCore Artists, iTunes Match is almost like a new �store.� Each time a song youdistributed to iTunes via TuneCore is re-downloaded or streamed by an iTunes Matchsubscriber, you get paid. Therefore, as long as your song is available to buy in iTunes, you could, for example, decideto give that same song away for free directly to your fans. In fact, it doesn�t matter how or fromwhere your fans actually got your music. If your fans use iTunes Match to re-download orstream your song, you get paid. Back to top Rhapsody What is Rhapsody? Rhapsody is a joint venture that is majority owned by RealNetworks and MTV Networks. It isa subscription streaming service that lets users listen to music directly from their site to acomputer or Rhapsody-enabled device. It has three levels of service: its most basic tier,�Unlimited,� which allows users to stream its full catalogue over only a computer or non-portable device (such as a Sonos system, TiVo or Vizio TV); "Premier,� which allows usersportable access � via tethered download or over-the-air streaming -- using one Rhapsody-enabled MP3 player (such as an iPod Touch or Sansa) or Smart Phone (such as an iPhone orAndroid OS phones); and �Premier Plus,� which allows the same full access as �Premier�but with up to three portable devices. Additionally, Rhapsody�s MP3 store allows non-subscribers and subscribers to purchase permanent, a la carte tracks and albums. For moreinformation on the Rhapsody service, we suggest going to Rhapsody�s own FAQ page(www.rhapsody.com/-discover).
8. How does Rhapsody sell my music? Rhapsody has several ways of allowing its customers to buy or listen to music: Rhapsody MP3 Store sells music only as permanent digital downloads that the customerowns and uses. Visit our section on Fixed Pay Rate Permanent Download models to learnmore. Rhapsody streaming subscription service lets Rhapsody Subscribers listen to music asmuch as they want as streams or tethered downloads (non-permanent downloads) for a singleflat subscription fee. However, if that subscription lapses, the music becomes inaccessible tothe customer. Visit our section on Subscription Streaming models to learn more. There are several kinds of Rhapsody customers each with their own options for buying yourmusic, each of which generates money for you in a different way: Rhapsody Subscribers can listen to an unlimited number of full-length songs while they areconnected to the Internet and download an unlimited number of high-quality music files to theirPC. They can listen to these downloaded songs online or offline and keep the music theydownload so long as their subscription is current. These songs and albums arent "purchased"or "permanent" downloads, theres no way for a customer to burn or save the music, and assoon as the customers subscription lapses, they lose access to these "tethered downloads." Rhapsody Subscribers can also buy permanent downloads (at a lower price than non-subscribers pay, currently a 10% discount per track). Rhapsody Non-Subscribing Customers (any person who goes to the website) can stream25 songs each month before they are asked to put down a credit card to continue either as aTrial Subscriber or a Subscriber. Rhapsody Non-Subscribing Customers (any person who goes to the website) can stream25 songs each month before they are asked to put down a credit card to continue either as aTrial Subscriber or a Subscriber. Rhapsody Non-Subscribing Customers can also buy permanent downloads, but they paymore than subscribers. Rhapsody Trial Subscribers are trying out the Rhapsody subscription streaming service.Trial Subscriptions last 14 days. Trial subscribers have put down a credit card and typically getaccess for free for 14 days before being charged for the first month of subscription (see belowfor important details). Rhapsody Trial Subscribers can also buy permanent downloads at the market rate of $0.99per track. What do I get paid when my music sells or stream from Rhapsody? Each time a Rhapsody Non-Subscribing Customer permanently downloads your music, youget a payment. When a Rhapsody Subscriber or Rhapsody Trial Subscriber permanentlydownloads, you also get a payment, but a fraction less. When a Rhapsody Subscriber streamsor "tethered downloads" your songs, you get a payment, but when a Rhapsody Trial Subscriberstreams, you dont get a payment (see below). Non-Subscribers can stream only up to 25 wholesongs per month before they put down a credit card and opt in either to become TrailSubscribers or Subscribers, but if they stream one of your songs during this "Rhapsody 25," youwill receive payment. IMPORTANT: Anyone in the United States can sign up for a Rhapsody Trial by putting downa credit card and get unlimited free streams for 14 days. If a customer streams your musicduring this period, you will not get any payment for the streams--its considered promotional.
9. This is a Rhapsody policy. If you do not like the idea of people streaming your music for free,please do not choose Rhapsody as one of your digital distribution stores. Albums and EPs are sold in two possible ways: Albums under 11 songs and EPs are priced by the song. To calculate how much you wouldreceive from the sale of an album with less than 11 songs, multiply the number of songs by thepay rate for that kind of Rhapsody customer. Albums with 11 songs or more sold in their entirety have a set pay rate. You will be able to see the exact pay rate TuneCore pays you for each song oralbum/EP/single every time its downloaded or streamed from Rhapsody in your TuneCoreaccounting report. The pay rate is available as an element in every line item. As always, this isall the money owed to you for that stream or download, NOTHING was taken by TuneCore. Back to top Napster How does Napster sell my music? Napster lets customers listen to an unlimited number of full-length songs while they areconnected to the Internet and download an unlimited number of high quality music files to theirPC. They can listen to these downloaded songs online or offline and keep the music theydownload for as long as they want to be a "Member." Napster subscribers can access music in two ways: as "Members" and "To Go Members."Although Napster sometimes differentiates between the Napster store and the Napster Lightstore, these contain the same music, and your albums will be in both. For a completedescription of the Napster service, we suggest you read the Napster FAQ. NOTE: TuneCore isaware of the Napster Ringtones service, and we are currently working on how to make thisavailable for our customers. Napster Permanent Download Store sells music only as permanent digital downloads thatthe customer owns and uses. These files are 256 kbps .MP3 files, and are the customers tokeep forever, even if they are not (or cease to be) a Napster "member." Visit our section onFixed Pay Rate Permanent Download models to learn more. Napster Streaming Service lets Napster Subscribers listen to music as much as they wantas streams (not downloads) for a single flat subscription fee. However, when that subscriptionlapses, the music becomes inaccessible to the customer. Visit our section on SubscriptionStreaming models to learn more. What do I get paid when music sells or streams from Napster? Remember that no matter how an individual song or album sells from Napster, you get a fixed"pay rate," the same pay rate for all independent record labels. Only Napster can set the saleprice, but no matter what they sell that song or album for, you always get the current pay rate.Even if Napster wants to have a discount, say, offering its customers your songs for a pennyeach, you still get the full pay rate every time one of your songs or albums sell. Visit our sectionon Subscription Streaming models to learn more. Napster works in several ways:
10. Napster Subscribers ("Members" and "To Go Members") have a variety of servicesavailable to them. For details, please click here Napster Subscribers ("Members" and "To Go Members") can also buy permanentdownloads, by using the Napster Light store, if they wish. Napster Light Customers also have services available. For details, please click here Napster Trial Subscribers ("Trial Members") are trying out the Napster subscriptionstreaming service, and can also buy permanent downloads through the Napster Light store, ifthey wish. Each time a Napster Subscriber ("Member" or "To Go Member") streams more than 30seconds of your song, you get paid. When anyone, even a Napster Subscriber ("Member" or"To Go Member") permanently downloads one of your songs or albums, you also get paid. Hereis a chart that tells you what you will you get when a song streams or downloads from thecountries Napster sells in: For Permanent Downloads PER SONG through the Napster Light Store: Napster Light Worldwide: You receive per song Napster U.S. Store US$0.65 Napster Canada Store Canadian Dollars CAD$0.65 Napster U.K. Store British Pounds �0.48 Napster Europe Store Euros �0.65 Albums and EPs are sold in two possible ways: Albums under 11 songs and EPs are priced by the song. To calculate how much you wouldreceive from the sale of an album with less than 11 songs, multiply the number of songs by thepay rate of that country. For example, from the sale in the U.S. Napster Light Store of a 5-songalbum, you would receive $3.25 for the whole album. Albums with 11 songs or more sold in their entirety have a set pay rate listed below. For Permanent Downloads PER ALBUM (11 songs or more) through the Napster Light Store: Napster Light Worldwide: You receive per album Napster U.S. Store US$6.50 Napster Canada Store Canadian Dollars CAD$6.50 Napster U.K. Store British Pounds �4.80 Napster Europe Store Euros �6.50 For each of your songs streamed by a Napster Subscriber ("Member" or "To Go Member"),you receive a proportionate share of the membership fees, based on the number of streams ofyour music in that pay period, minus any applicable expenses. As always, TuneCore keepsNONE of this money. IMPORTANT: Napster currently distributes to Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, UnitedStates. For the moment, you MUST have worldwide rights to your music before you select tohave it available in Napster. In the future, TuneCore will offer you the ability to control what partsof the world you make your music available in. Back to top MediaNet What is MediaNet?
11. MediaNet is a leading digital service provider that back-ends branded music stores for othercompanies. As a B2B platform, MediaNet powers partner services including MOG, iLike, Tesco,iMesh and Pasito Tunes (La Curacao) plus more, aggregating multiple retailers and onlinemusic services under one single distribution point. For a full list of MediaNet powered services,please click here. MediaNet�s products are currently available in the US, Canada and theUnited Kingdom. Through its partner services MediaNet distributes content via two models: (1) the MediaNetStore and (2) the MediaNet Subscription Service. Partners like iLike, Tesco and Secure Media have integrated the MediaNet Store, offeringdownload sales under their own brand. MOG, iMesh and Pasito Tunes (La Curacao) offer paidsubscription services powered by MediaNet, charging consumers a monthly subscription fee foraccess to unlimited streaming via the MediaNet Subscription Service. Since recently launching MN Open, its next-generation platform, MediaNet has expandeddistribution by adding customers like Rolling Stone and eBay who are integrating the MediaNetStore into their websites to sell downloads directly to their users, rather than directing them toother online stores. How Does MediaNet Sell My Music? MediaNet powers branded online music stores and subscription services for its retailpartners. Your music is offered by MediaNet partner services in the following ways: Download Sales (a la carte download store). Consumers purchase downloads of yourmusic through one of the MediaNet-powered partner stores (The MediaNet Store). Theseinclude: iLike, Tesco and Secure Media. Subscription Streaming. Consumers pay a monthly subscription fee to access full-lengthstreams of your music (The MediaNet Subscription Service). Most MediaNet-poweredsubscription services also include an a la download store which is available to subscribers andnon-subscribers. MediaNet-powered subscription services include MOG, iMesh, Pasito Tunes(La Curacao). How Much Do I Get Paid? MediaNet Store: You are paid a fixed per track rate for each download sale. Thepermanent download rates are as follows: Per Track: US: $0.70 UK: �0.49 CA: $0.72 (Cdn) Per Album: US: $7.00 (Standard Midline)
12. UK: �4.90 (Standard Midline) CA: $ 7.00 (Cdn) (Standard Midline) Note: a publishing fee to cover public performance royalties may be deducted fromdownload sales outside the US to the extent that MediaNet is charged for such publishing cost. MediaNet Subscription Service: MediaNet pays TuneCore artists a proportionate share of40% of subscription revenue, which means you are paid each time a subscriber streams yourmusic! The pay-out rates can fluctuate each month, depending on how much subscriptionrevenue was generated and how often your music was streamed. Example:In a given month, the MediaNet subscription service generates $250,000 inrevenue (after a standard deduction for public performance royalties), while the service�ssubscribers have generated a total of 10 million plays for that month. Since MediaNet shares40% of the gross revenue -- as a service provider MediaNet has to split revenue with itspartners -- the revenue pool shared with TuneCore artists is $100,000 (40% of $250,000) Let�s say 1 million streams that month came from TuneCore artists, meaningTuneCore�s proportionate share (or market share) was 10% that month. Then, TuneCore ispaid 10% of $100,000 (40% of $250,000) or $10,000. The per stream pay-out rate for TuneCore artists is $0.01 ($10,000 divided by 1,000,000streams). If your music generated 20,000 subscription streams that month, then your revenuewould be $200.00 (20,000 x $0.01). In addition to subscription streaming revenue, subscribers and non-subscribers usuallyhave the ability to buy a la carte downloads from most MediaNet-powered subscription services,offering additional revenue streams for your music. Note: Non-subscribers do NOT have access to full-length streams of your music, only 30-second samples. Does MediaNet Give Away Any Songs/Streams As Promotional MediaNet partner services DO NOT offer free permanent downloads unless specificallyauthorized by TuneCore or its artists/customers. However, MediaNet partners have the ability tooffer free permanent downloads to consumers without permission as long as the full per trackfee is paid. Under this model, the MediaNet partner simply subsidizes the free download bypaying the full rate. MediaNet-powered subscription services have the ability to offer a free trial to consumerswho sign up for an account and provide payment information. When the free trial expires, itautomatically rolls over into a paid subscription unless the account is canceled, and this meansnow the subscription revenue pool in which you participate has just grown. In the past only few MediaNet-powered subscription services have offered a free trial, withmost of them being limited to 7 or 14 days.
13. Note: You may not like the idea of giving your music away for free. Keep in mind that youare helping to promote a model where consumers pay a monthly fee for access to music. It�simportant that music fans can test a subscription service before signing up, and many free trialsare converted to paid accounts. Free trial is NOT synonymous with free streaming. Free trialsrequire a commitment on the part of the consumer and are essential to promoting a model thatgenerates steady revenue for labels and artists in return for access to unlimited streaming. In which territories is MediaNet available? MediaNet currently powers online music stores and services in the US, Canada and theUK. Back to top eMusic How does eMusic sell my music and what do I get paid when songs or albums sell fromeMusic? eMusic is a service that lets people download music (no streaming is offered) throughdifferent membership plans. When you distribute your music through TuneCore, eMusic sellsyour music at a retail price (the selling price of your music) of $0.49 per song with a maximumprice of $5.99 per album ( $0.49 x Number of Songs = Album Price, but maximum album priceof $5.99). So, you get paid $0.40 per song sale and a maximum price of $4.40 per album sale.Note, if a song is 10 minutes or longer, then that song will be available as album only. Note, eMusic pays out sales quarterly. IMPORTANT: eMusic now sells music in the United States, Canada, the UnitedKingdom and Europe, but may add more countries at any time. For the moment, you MUSThave worldwide rights to your music before you select to have it available in eMusic. For a complete description of the eMusic service, we suggest you read the eMusic FAQ. Back to top VerveLife VerveLife is a leading force in robust, tech-driven solutions that help brands and digitalretailers harness the power of music. VerveLife provides digital content for the followingcompanies: DMX, IMVU, Roqbot, the Live Nation and Ticketmaster Superstores, and officialartist stores for Musictoday, Cinder Block, and Bandwear. When you choose to have your musicdelivered to VerveLife, you agree to make it available to all retailers as described below. Pleasenote: for some of VerveLife�s clients, it is not guaranteed that your content will be added totheir store or playlists, but it will make your content available for the opportunities detailedbelow. IMVU IMVU (imvu.com) is a non-traditional music retailer, but a social avatar networking site.Through VerveLife distribution, your music will be available as both a stream and download inthe IMVU Music Store. People go to IMVU, create an avatar (a graphical representation ofyourself) that can wander, interact, socialize and buy virtual items and music. How Streaming Music Works in IMVU:
14. Streaming tracks are purchased by users at a flat rate. An avatar can create a playlist ofsongs and enable other avatars to listen to it within a chat room; just like a DJ at a radio stationputs together a playlist of songs for listeners to hear. When a "radio station" plays songs on theInternet, U.S. law requires you get paid. The money that is owed to you is paid to a collectionagency called SoundExchange. Sound Exchanges job is to collect the money owed to you fromstreams in the U.S. and then give it to you, once you register with them (registration with SoundExchange is free). International streaming sales are handled through another company calledPPL. So, money earned from streaming your music at IMVU will NOT flow through TuneCore: itwill be waiting for you at Sound Exchange, and you need to be signed up with Sound Exchangeto retrieve it. How Digital Downloads Work in IMVU: In addition to streaming music, MP3 downloads are available to IMVU users forpurchase in the IMVU Music Store. The wholesale cost paid to you is 70% of the retail price (i.e.if your song sells for $0.99, you get paid $0.70 for that song sale). NOTE: IMVU Music Store does not accept any song that is 10 minutes or longer. If youhave an album with a song that is 10 minutes or longer, that song will not be available in theIMVU Music Store. DMX Through multi-sensory branding, DMX (dmx.com) has been creating unforgettable brandexperiences for commercial environments since 1971. The first music service to license andprogram original artist music, DMX has rigorously researched and tested the effects of music,video, messaging and scent on human behavior. See their list of clients here:http://www.dmx.com/about/our-clients Through distribution to VerveLife, your music will be accessible to DMX�s team ofmusic designers who hand pick songs for inclusion in playlists they create for clients. If yourmusic is selected and used for an in-store or online client playlists, you will be paid per streamby Sound Exchange (see IMVU section above for more info on how that works). Many of thewidgets created for DMX�s clients enable the customer to purchase single track or entireplaylist downloads as well. DMX also manages the music for DirecTV�s music channels. The channels are genrespecific and can be accessed by any DirecTV customer. When songs are played, there istypically a listing of the artist, song title, and a reference to SonicTap.com to purchase the songthe customer is hearing. SonicTap.com is a digital download store owned by DMX, selling DRM-free MP3s direct to the consumer. SonicTap allows users to purchase songs they�ve heard onDirecTV, as well as playlists created by DMX music designers based on genre, mood, basicallyany preference. Choosing to deliver your music to VerveLife will automatically make yourcontent available to DMX, who can add your music to the SonicTap.com store. The wholesalecost paid to you will be 70% of the retail price (for example: if a track of yours is sold for $0.99,you will be paid $0.70 for that sale). Maxback
15. VerveLife brings digital music downloads to its new partnership with MaxBack.com, arewards-through-recycling used electronics program. MaxBack.com allows consumers torecycle used electronic items (cell phones, mp3s, digital cameras, GPS systems) in exchangefor points which enable them to receive rewards like music downloads, electronic items, or tocontribute their items� value to schools or non-profits. Roqbot Roqbot provides an innovative and engaging way for people to hear their favorite musicat bars and restaurants. Instead of inserting money into a jukebox, customers can check into aparticipating venue with the Roqbot application and become a �DJ� for the venue, selectingsong choices from the app entering it into a DMCA-compliant playlist that gets played throughthe venue�s speakers. Other DJs in the venue can also add songs to the playlist, ultimatelyproviding a crowdsourced playlist between users under one roof. People can also vote songpicks up or down, which affects DJ ratings as well as positions in line. If you deliver your music to VerveLife, it will provide Roqbot access to it for compulsorystreaming usage only. That means money earned by your music from streaming throughRoqbot will NOT flow through TuneCore: it will be waiting for you at Sound Exchange, and youneed to be signed up with SoundExchange in order to retrieve payment. Musictoday, Live Nation and Ticketmaster Stores Live Nation Entertainment is the world�s leading live entertainment company consistingof concert promotion, marketing solutions, ticketing and e-commerce. They have twomerchandise stores, the Live Nation Superstore Live Nation Superstore and the newTicketmaster Store. Both stores carry and sell physical goods and digital content from artists,comedians, and celebrities. VerveLife is the digital content provider for Musictoday, who manages the Live Nationand Ticketmaster Superstores. Therefore when you deliver your content to VerveLife, you aremaking your music available for the Live Nation or Ticketmaster stores to sell. Not every pieceof content delivered to VerveLife will get added to these two stores, but they will be available forconsideration. The wholesale cost paid to you will be 70% of the retail price (for example: if atrack of yours is sold for $0.99, you will be paid $0.70 for that sale). There are also seasonal,promotional opportunities for both the Live Nation and Ticketmaster stores. Your content maybe considered for these promotions if applicable. Official Artist Stores (Musictoday, Cinder Block, Bandwear) Musictoday, Cinder Block, and Bandwear are three separate companies, not affiliatedwith each other, that operate official merchandise stores for artists, record labels, branded tours,comedians and celebrities. VerveLife is the digital content provider for these three merchandisecompanies. By delivering your content to VerveLife, your content will be accessible to theseretailers and considered by them only if they have a direct working relationship with you.Content does not get sold on any of these stores without permission from the artist, artistmanager, and/or record label. If your content is sold in any store managed by Musictoday,Cinder Block, or Bandwear, the wholesale cost paid to you will be 70% of the retail price (forexample: if a track of yours is sold for $0.99, you will be paid $0.70 for that sale).
16. Back to top Amazon MP3 How does Amazon MP3 sell my music? TuneCore delivers your music to the Amazon MP3 music store, which sells music onlyas permanent digital downloads through the Web (no streaming is offered other than 30-secondsample streams for each song). There is no physical distribution available through AmazonMP3, but you do have the option to opt-in to the Amazon CreateSpace program if you would liketo make a physical album available for purchase on their site. Your fans will be able to purchasesongs individually or entire albums digitally as downloads to their computers and/or portabledevices or choose to save their purchase in their Amazon Cloud Drive. Amazon MP3 offers multiple tiers at which you can set your wholesale cost: Front Line: The highest wholesale cost offered (good for new releases) Mid Line: Slightly lower than Front Line (good for new releases and recent releases) Catalog: Slightly lower than Mid Line (good for releases older than 18 months) Special: The lowest wholesale cost offered (good for promotions, old and/or slow-selling catalog) Promotional: Free/Zero Cost (good for promotional songs/albums or samplers) NOTE:Songs and albums submitted with zero cost appear as free downloads in the Amazon.com MP3Store. At this time, digital songs and albums are only sold in the following territories: U.S.,France, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. When you distributethrough TuneCore to Amazon MP3, be sure you have the rights to sell the music within thoseterritories, and be prepared in case Amazon MP3 expands to other territories. If you do need tolimit the territories you distribute to, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org. IMPORTANT: Amazon MP3 does not use Digital Rights Management (DRM) on musicthey sell. Music will be sold unprotected as MP3s. If you are concerned about the lack of DRM,please do not choose to sell your music through Amazon MP3. IMPORTANT: Although for each album you submit to Amazon MP3, TuneCore lets yourequest its wholesale cost, an album can only be at one level (Front Line, Mid Line, etc) , and allsongs on that album will be sold at that corresponding level. Tracks can be sold individually orset to "album only." IMPORTANT: Amazon MP3 sets customer prices independently. Even though you maychoose which wholesale cost youd like for your album, the corresponding customer price is setby Amazon and can change at any time. But remember: when your songs or albums sell, youwill be paid at the rate you selected. Please consider carefully when you decide your wholesalecost or if you are comfortable with Amazon MP3s promotional policies at all. If not, please donot choose to have your album distributed through Amazon MP3. What do I get paid when my songs or albums sell from Amazon MP3? When an individual song or album sells from Amazon MP3, you get a fixed "pay rate"(for more information about the Fixed Pay Rate, click here: Permanent Download model). HOW MUCH IS THE PAY RATE?
17. When you choose to have your album delivered to Amazon MP3 for digital distribution,you will be provided tables that reflect the Pay Rate for each wholesale cost tier. On occasion,Amazon MP3 will enter into promotions to help drive sales and raise profile of the music in theAmazon store (i.e., download codes bundled with a non-music product). But again, pleaseremember: when your songs or albums sell, you will be paid at the rate you selected. If youwould like to change your wholesale cost, you may do so at any time. Back to top ShockHound NOTE: SHOCKHOUND SHUT DOWN ITS STORE ON MAY 15, 2011. ShockHound is a digital download service. ShockHound is operated by Hot Topic, theU.S.-based retail chain, and integrates Hot Topics merchandising, as well as its own. If youselect to have your music delivered to Shockhound, your fans will be able to purchase individualtracks and whole albums in the United States (at the moment). ShockHound sells your music as non-DRM MP3s encoded at 192kpbs. ShockHound sells individual songs for $0.99 and albums for $9.99. In all cases, the PayRate is 70% of the sale price. All of that money goes to you! Shockhound is a monthly accounting store, so you will see sales and activity fromShockHound 45 days after the end of the month. For example, sales activity in June, 2008, willappear on your TuneCore account My Account page on August 15, 2008. As ShockHound gets closer to launch, check back for more information. Nokia Music Store What Is the Nokia Music Store? The Nokia Music Store is an international digital download store that sells high-quality.mp3 individually or as album purchases a la carte. The Nokia Music Store also populates thecatalog of a service called "Nokia Comes with Music" which is a free music downloadsubscription service. The Nokia Music Store does not yet offer ring tones but will in the future. What territories is Nokia Music available in? Nokia Music Store is currently working on rolling out many more countries to theiralready impressive roster. So far Nokia Music Store is available in the following territories:Australia, Austria, Brasil, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia,Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,United Kingdom Nokia Comes with Music is available in: Australia, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Mexico,Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden and United Kingdom. **Note: Neither the Nokia Music Store or Comes with Music are available in the U.S. butwill be in the future.
18. How does Nokia sell my music? Nokia Music store sells DRM-free 256K .mp3 files and Nokia Comes with Music sellsDRM-encrypted .wav files. Nokia Comes with Music files are DRM protected because they aresold for free. This is to stop customers from sharing the files with anyone outside of other NokiaComes with Music subscribers. This means no one will be able to burn the files to a disc or putthem on any players besides their mobile devices and computer. The files cannot be shared(except with other Nokia Comes with Music subscribers) or burned. How much is the pay rate? Nokia Music Store � The Nokia Music store sells all releases song by song unless thatrelease has 10 or more tracks. When a release has at least 10 tracks, customers then have theoption to purchase the entire album. Individual tracks sold will earn you a wholesale pay rateof .49 GBP; whole albums sold will earn you a wholesale pay rate of 4.45 GBP. Nokia Comes with Music � Although all the songs are free to all Nokia Comes withMusic subscribers, the amount of subscribers in each month is calculated and multiplied by thetotal subscription rates. To find the payout rate for TuneCore artist�s Nokia then takes our�market share� (the percentage of downloads TuneCore�s artists made up for in that month)and multiplies it by the gross revenue for that month. Example: Let�s say that Nokia Comes with Music had a total of (for thisexample)100,000 subscribers this month, and this month, say, 50,000 tracks were sold. Tocalculate the Pay Rate, multiply 100,000 by the subscription rate (1.90 GBP) and then multiplythat by our market share (for this example let�s go with 10%) and divide by the number oftracks sold (for this example, 50,000). Sample Pay Rate: 100,000 x (1.90GBP) = 190,000 GBP x 10% = 19,000 GBP / 50,000= .38 GBP (pay rate per song). This would then be converted into US dollars. Of course, asalways, TuneCore takes nothing: we pay 100% directly to you. Back to top Zune Store What is the Zune Marketplace? The Zune Marketplace is a digital online store with music videos, television shows,movies and audio/video podcasts. How does the Zune store sell my music? Zune Marketplace offers consumers two options to obtain music: � la carte orsubscription service. The � la carte option allows consumers to buy individual tracks or albumsand the unlimited option is the Zune Pass monthly subscription service. How much is the pay rate for music?
19. TuneCore takes none of the money from the sale of your music. You get it all. For theZune U.S. store, you receive $0.70 per song sold individually and $7.00 per album with 11 ormore songs sold in its entirety. Purchases in the Zune stores outside of the U.S. are made in that countrys localcurrency. For example, if an album or song sells from the Zune Japan store, Zune Japanprocesses the sale in Japanese yen (�). The money is then converted into U.S. dollars byTuneCore and forwarded on to you. As always, TuneCore takes none of the money from thesale of your music. You get it all, but be aware that bank conversion rates are out of our controland can change from day to day--the bank will convert the currency into U.S. dollars based onwhat the exchange rate is at the time the bank receives the money. For songs sold individually off an EP or album through the Zune Store, TuneCore paysyou the following: Zune Stores Worldwide: You receive Zune U.S. Store US $0.70 Zune Canada Store CDN $0.70 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) Zune United Kingdom Store GBP �0.49 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) Zune European Union Store (excluding UK) EUR �0.70 Zune Australia Store AUD $0.99 (EXCEPTION BELOW!) Zune New Zealand Store NZD $1.17 Zune Japan Store Yen �89 Zune Mexico Mexican Peso MXN $8.40 EXCEPTION: Japan has some special rules, so that even before taxes, tariffs, exchangerates or treaties kick in, some money is deducted by the Zune Japan store to pay fees androyalties dictated by local Japanese copyright laws. So from the sales of your music in Japan,some portion will be deducted to pay the copyright holders under the copyright laws of Japan.Even if the copyright holder is you, Japanese laws require certain royalties to be paid out inJapan. However, no matter what, you will get paid the pay rate less this amount, after taxes,exchange rate, etc. EXCEPTION: Both Australias and New Zealands governments withhold 5% as a tax onall sales. This amount is already deducted when you receive your sales. In what territories is the Zune store available? The Zune Marketplace is currently available in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UnitedKingdom, United States. Is it a software or a website? The Zune Marketplace is accessible via the free Zune PC software application forcomputers running the Windows operating system. Download from www.zune.net Can people play music purchased in Zune on their iPod? If they purchase MP3 content, yes. However Subscription and WMA content is notcompatible with iPod devices. Is there streaming?
20. Yes. 30-sec song samples are available on both the Zune PC software and on theZune.net website. With the Zune Pass subscription service, consumers can stream music fromthe Zune PC software, Zune.net website and directly to Zune portable media players whenconnected to a WiFi hotspot. Is there a subscription service? Yes. Zune Pass is a music subscription service that allows users to download andstream tracks from the Zune Marketplace via the Zune software and directly from their Zunedevice (over Wi-Fi). Zune Pass subscribers are also able to stream full songs from a webbrowser. Software features such as Channels, Mixview, and Smart DJ are optimized to takeadvantage of unlimited access to music at Zune Marketplace and on Zune.net. In a Wi-Fihotspot this also gives user the ability to instantly download songs heard on the Zune playersbuilt-in HD Radio FM tuner. Back to top Myspace Music What is Myspace Music? MySpace Music empowers MySpace users to access a vast catalog of ad-supported,full-length, on-demand audio and video streams. Users can add songs from the MySpace Musiccatalog to their profile pages, create and share playlists, and even purchase MP3 downloads(powered by Amazon MP3 and iTunes) and ringtones (powered by Jamster), when available. What territories does Myspace Music currently cover? MySpace Music is currently available in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand. When I distribute my music through TuneCore, where will my "buy" buttons appear inthe MySpace Music Store ? First, you need to give TuneCore your MySpace Music Friend ID when adding theMySpace Music store to your album or single. If you do not know your MySpace Friend ID,please email email@example.com with your MySpace profile URL. Once the Friend ID hasbeen added in TuneCore, it will take 1-2 weeks for your music to go live in MySpace Music. Youwill know your music is live when you click the "Music" tab on the side-panel (under "Profile")and below the media player under "Albums & Singles," you will see your albums/singles listedthat you distributed through TuneCore. When you click each one, youll be brought to the album/single page with buy links and streaming capabilities. Please note, the buy links will NOTappear in your media player on the artist profile through TuneCore distribution. While MySpace accepts all releases to their store, they are not able to link VariousArtists (Compilation Albums) to specific Friend IDs at this time. How do I get paid? While these streams are free to users, they are ad-supported, and you will get paid anaggressively negotiated share of MySpace Musics ad revenue related to your web traffic for, ineffect, doing what youre doing already -- maintaining your MySpace page and using it to
21. engage with and grow your audience. If you opt-in to the MySpace Music service throughTuneCore, the music you deliver to TuneCore will be included in the MySpace Music serviceand will therefore be eligible for a share of ad revenue. All sales that are generated in iTunes and AmazonMP3 from the buy buttons in yourMySpace Music player will appear as normal in your sales reports. The buy buttons are simplylinks redirecting to the respective stores. If I upload music to my own MySpace profile page, will that music be a part of theMySpace Music service and therefore available for monetization? While you, as an artist or label, still maintain control over adding or removing featuredsongs to your MySpace profile page, for your song to be eligible for a share of ad revenues, besure to submit all necessary components (i.e., audio, cover art, metadata) to TuneCore.TuneCore will, in turn, take care of all activation and delivery requirements with MySpace Music,accounting, and reporting, integrating this information into your TuneCore account. Back to top iHeartRadio IMPORTANT: On June 13, 2011, Thumbplay discontinued their service. SinceThumbplay was bought by Clear Channel back in March, they shifted all content that was everreceived by Thumbplay to the streaming service, iHeartRadio, which offers access to over 750+radio stations nationwide as well as a DMCA-compliant personalized radio feature. This meansall content that was ever received by Thumbplay from TuneCore artists will be available oniHeartRadio as of June 13, 2011. After June 13, 2011, TuneCore artists can continue todistribute their music to iHeartRadio to have their music available for streaming there. Note: Towards the end of 2011, iHeartRadio plans to launch their on-demand store,where sales reporting will then be reported to TuneCore. Once their on-demand store launches,we will have more information here. If you distributed music to Thumbplay before June 13, 2011: What is Thumbplay Music? Thumbplay Music is an unlimited, on-demand music service offering streams anddownloads for smartphones as well as PCs/Macs. Customers have the option to pay for anunlimited monthly streaming or purchase full downloads. How does the Thumbplay Music store sell my music? Your content is made available as streams for members that pay $9.99 a month. Yourcontent is also made available for MP3 download priced at $0.69, $0.99 or $1.29 per download,based on the price tier you select. MP3s are DRM-free 320 kbps files. Does Thumbplay Music give away any songs/streams as promotional? Yes. For the first three days after creating an account, Thumbplay Music users will havefree access as trial users. After three days, their trial will expire and full songs will become :30
22. samples. Once an account is upgraded by paying $9.99 for a given month, users will haveimmediate access to full songs again. This free trial is for streaming songs only - Full downloads will not be given away as partof this 3 day promotion. How do I get paid? For downloads priced at $0.69, you will be paid $0.49. For downloads priced at $0.99, you will be paid $0.70. For downloads priced at $1.29, you will be paid $0.91. For streams, you will be paid your proportionate share of 50% of the streaming revenuefor a given month. What Territories is the Thumbplay Music store in? Thumbplay Music is currently available in the US only. Is Thumbplay Music a software or a website? It�s currently a free application that you can download to your smartphone andcomputer. It�s available in the BlackBerry AppWorld and Android Marketplace, as well as anAdobe AIR application for PCs/Macs from http://music.thumbplay.com. All Thumbplay Musicapplications are free to download. More applications and platforms are on the way, includingiPhone. How will I get paid after June 13, 2011? TuneCore artists who have distributed their content to Thumbplay and had sales occurwill receive sales reports and money in their TuneCore account up to the reporting date of June13, 2011. After June 13, 2011, all money made from iHeartRadio plays of your music will bereported to Sound Exchange. So money earned by your music from streams at iHeartRadio willNOT flow through TuneCore: it will be waiting for you at Sound Exchange, and you need to besigned up with Sound Exchange to retrieve it. Registration with Sound Exchange is free! Back to top Spotify What is Spotify? With access to millions of songs in high quality audio through your computer, on yourmobile and beyond, Spotify makes it easier than ever to play and share music legally. All youneed to do is create an account and download the streaming music player. For more details,have a look at the Spotify introduction video: Spotify How long does it take for my music to go live in Spotify? At this time it takes about 6-8 weeks for content to go live in Spotify after its beendelivered from our system.
23. How does Spotify sell my music? Spotify sells your music via streaming or paid downloads. 1.) Streaming: Spotifyprovides on-demand streaming access to your music through an application. Users can chooseeither a free, ad-funded version or a subscription option for ad-free listening and access toSpotify on their mobile phone. 2.) In early May, Spotify launched their own download store. So,when you distribute your music to Spotify, your music will be available for streaming anddownloads. Users can purchase music downloads via a la carte or bundles. You can click hereto see more details about a la carte and bundle downloads: Spotify Downloads How much do I get paid for streams? Spotify has deals with necessary rightsholders in all of its launch countries. Togetherwith them, Spotify has agreed upon a royalty based on how frequently your music is played.Each stream earns you a share of Spotifys advertising revenue. The actual amount varies anddepends on the ratio of advertising revenue and your percentage of the total number of streamsat Spotify in a given month. How much do I get paid for downloads? If someone buys your music a la carte in Spotify, TuneCore pays you USD $0.70/EUR�0.70/GBP �0.49 per track. If someone buys your music as part of a bundle, TuneCore pays you based uponSpotifys calculations for the prorated share of all monthly bundle purchases. Does Spotify give away any songs/streams as promotional? No, all plays are reported and paid for. In what territories is Spotify available? Spotify is currently available in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain,Sweden, United Kingdom and United States. Is Spotify a software, a website, or both? Spotify is a client based player that you need to download to your desktop or mobile. Back to top TuneCore Physical Distribution Amazon: Disc On Demand What is Amazon: Disc On Demand? When you select Amazon: Disc On Demand you will have unlimited physical inventorymade one at a time available US distribution for no up front manufacturing costs � all you needis an album cover and your music. Your album will be available for purchase on Amazon.com at the price you pick atTuneCore. Music from TuneCore Artists will also be available exclusively within a TuneCorebranded section of Amazon. All releases by TuneCore Artists in Amazon: Disc On Demand are
24. eligible for inclusion in an exclusive marketing and promotion email targeting a portion ofAmazon.com�s customers. How is it done? When your album is ordered at Amazon.com, it will be manufactured with high qualityfour-color artwork (a CD booklet, tray card and four color printing on the CD) in a shrink-wrapped jewel box. Amazon will fulfill and ship the order just like any other Amazon product. What if I dont have artwork? You do not need full artwork for Amazon: Disc On Demand. All you need is an albumcover. At TuneCore you will pick from one of ten templates that layout and design all the rest ofyour artwork for free. What size does my album artwork have to be? Your album cover art has to be a higher quality than a digital album cover as it is beingphysically printed. Dimensions: 1600 x 1600 pixels 300 dpi (dots per inch) What if I have my own complete jewel case artwork? We do not offer a way for you to submit custom artwork to Amazon.com for physicaldistribution (Amazon On Demand). We do however provide pre-designed templates for artwork,which you will find when you are creating your release in TuneCore as long as you haveselected Amazon On Demand as a store for distribution. If you do not want to use one of ourpre-designed artwork templates, you can distribute to Amazon On Demand on your own directlyby going to this link: https://www.createspace.com/ Please remember, if you are choosing to go through CreateSpace on your own, do notselect Amazon On Demand as a store when you distribute your release through Tunecore. How much will my CD sell for? In TuneCore, you select what wholesale price tier you want your album to sell forstarting at $8.98 and going up in one dollar increments to $19.98. What do I get paid? From each sale of your CD at Amazon.com, TuneCore pays you 40% of the sale priceselected. As always, TuneCore passes through 100% of what we receive for your salesautomatically into your TuneCore account balance. So, for example if you choose a price of$10.98 you will receive: $4.39. Can I order my own CD? Yes! Just go to Amazon.com, search for your CD, and order it.
25. Will I get a physical copy of my CD before it goes live? No, there will not be a physical copy made before it goes live. How long does it take before my CD goes live in Amazon? The average time it takes for releases to be processed by TuneCore and Amazon: Discon Demand is about 6-8 weeks. Back to top How do I submit my music to Pandora for review and possible play features? Please note that first and most importantly, it is not possible to guarantee any contentwill be picked up by Pandora. Pandora is an online radio station that editorially selects the musicthey wish to feature. To become eligible for consideration by Pandora, you must have a physical CD for saleon Amazon.com TuneCore can help you do this, please see the following: Distribute your album through TuneCore and when picking your stores, choose theAmazon On Demand store. When your CD becomes available in Amazon On Demand, followPandoras own steps on how to qualify and submit (details here:http://blog.pandora.com/faq/contents/31.html) A few additional things to consider: -It can take 6-8 weeks for content to go live in the Amazon store when submitting yourcontent to Amazon Disc On Demand. -After your content goes live, it may not immediately be searchable by the Pandora staff.Youll know when it is ready to submit once you see Amazon has posted the track listing foryour album. This can take an additional 1-2 weeks after your album has gone live to process. -If youre interested in getting guaranteed online radio airplay, you can get that from ourpartners at Jango. To learn more about the Jango promotion, click here. Back to top Can I mark a track on my album as album only? At this time we can only mark tracks as album only in AmazonMP3 & iTunes. In order tomark tracks as "album only" in iTunes, we require legal documentation showing that you do nothave the rights to sell the track(s) individually. The contract must be between you and the rightsholder of the song(s) in question. Please highlight the section, which clearly states this. Scan inthe highlighted documentation and email it over to firstname.lastname@example.org from the emailregistered to your TuneCore account. The only other way to request an album only track iniTunes is if it is an iTunes exclusive (this song cannot be delivered to any other stores).Regardless of which method you choose, the total amount of "album only" tracks in iTunescannot exceed 12% of the entire album. This is iTunes store policy. Also, iTunes will alsoautomatically mark any track that is 10 minutes or longer in length as an album only track.
26. For Amazon, its rather easy - just email us at email@example.com from the emailregistered to your TuneCore account and let us know which tracks you need marked as albumonly. We will process that for you right away. TuneCore Media Player What is the TuneCore Media Player? The TuneCore Media Player is a promotional tool available to all TuneCore users. It canbe shared and embedded into websites, social networking outlets like Myspace, blogs andmore. Other features include: *Up to 100 streaming tracks in full. *Optional Donate To The Band link. *Links to the iTunes Store from each track. *Join button to collect fan emails and other information. *Band bio and tour dates. *Streaming video clips tied to YouTube and contains photo gallery via Flickr. *Twitter feeds automatically. Can I have multiple media players in my account? You get up to 25 media players for free per TuneCore account! What is the track limit for media players? At this time, media players are limited to either the first 20 albums in your account or thefirst 100 tracks within your TuneCore account. If you notice a track is cut short on your media player, please write firstname.lastname@example.org from the email address registered to your TuneCore account to let usknow and we will fix it for you immediately. Why does my media player page say "You need to have paid for an album or singlebefore you can make a media player!" This message can display for three reasons: You have not yet paid to add an album or single in your TuneCore account. Your album or single may be in the "ready to go" status, which could mean a newstore was added but not yet paid for. Once the payment is complete the album/single shouldappear. It takes us some time to get your music ready for use in the media player (about 3hours from the time of payment is average). If you just completed payment, check back in a fewand your media player should be good to go! If none of these issues applies to your account and your media player is still notavailable, please contact email@example.com. Why is the buy button on my media player loading a blank page? Right now we have the media player set up so that the buy button only links to iTunesStore. Typically, as soon as your album status changes to "live" in your discography, you will beable to activate the Buy link in your media player. Your account status will change about a week
27. after your album goes live in iTunes. To activate the buy link you will need to re-save yourmedia player. Skip each step by clicking save and continue. Then just agree to the terms andconditions again. The buy button will then update and work for any album(s) which have nowgone live. Back to top What is a Trend Report? A "trend report" is a downloadable file, available once a week, that you can open withyour favorite spreadsheet program (MS Excel, Lotus, the file will work with all spreadsheetsoftware or any text reader). The file shows you the unofficial sales activity for all of your music from iTunes eachday, Monday through Sunday (currently, iTunes is the only store or service offering this), for oneweek. Every Wednesday, you can log into your "Weekly Trend Reports" page under the"Money" tab to see if you have any weekly Trend Reports. You can download a file per weekthat shows sales by song, by album/EP/single and by band/artist from iTunes. Since mostpeople with an iTunes account have a billing address, youll also see the city, state, country andzip/postal code of the fan who purchased your music (note that non-U.S. postal codes wontshow city or state). IMPORTANT: This is sales TRENDING data, not actual sales reports. iTunes does notpay out any money for the information you are seeing until approximately 45 days after the endof a month. TuneCore cant pay you until the stores pay, and the sales on the Trending Reportmay not match the next Accounting Report. See below in this section for more. Back to top What does a Trend Report show? The Trend Report you download has many columns. Here are the column headers andtheir meanings, left to right: Date: The album, EP, single or individual song was purchased on this day (Pacifictime). City: The person who bought your music has an iTunes account with a billing addressin this city (see note below). State: The person who bought your music has an iTunes account with a billingaddress in this state (see note below). Country Code: The person who bought your music has an iTunes account with abilling address in this country (see note below). Zip: The person who bought your music has an iTunes account with a billing addressin this zip or postal code (see note below). Units: This many songs or albums sold on this day in this zip code (see note below). Album: This is name of your album that sold (albums over 10 songs sold in theirentirety only); if a song sold, this column is "N/A" Song: This is the name of the song that sold; if an album sold, this column is "N/A" Artist: This is the name of the band or artist that sold. Label: This is the name of the label of the song or album that sold. NOTE: You may not see any zip code, postal code or location information: this isbecause iTunes did not include it in their reports. TuneCore can only report what iTunes sendsus. Unfortunately, theres nothing TuneCore can do about this. Also, non-U.S. postal codes
28. wont show city or state: these columns will be "N/A". The country code itself is a 2-characterinternational code. IMPORTANT: Currently, no Trend Reports exist for video content. Back to top How is a Trend Report different from a Sales Report? Although both reports will show sales activity for all the music you have up throughTuneCore in iTunes, your Trending report isnt the same as your monthly accounting. Trendingreports show trends but are not 100% perfect. People sometimes make a sale and then return itlater, for whatever reason. People may take advantage of other programs such as "CompleteMy Album" which count sales differently at the end of the month than they appear during theweek. Months dont evenly divide into weeks, and iTunes accounting months dont even matchcalendar months. Here is a brief rundown of some key differences between Trending reports andaccounting reports: Trend Report Monthly Sales Report Available weekly (each Wednesday) Available monthly (on the second and fourthWednesday) Shows sales from previous week, by day (Monday-Sunday) Shows sales bymonth from two months prior (approximately 45 days after the end of the sales month) Period is always 7 days Period is an iTunes accounting month No money is deposited into your account Money is deposited into your account May not reflect returns of your music or a "Complete My Album" purchaseReflects allsales activity Includes CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, ZIP/POSTAL CODE and specific day of sale Monthof sale only (no city, state, country, zip/postal code or day of sale information) Available only as a downloadable file Available for download and for review onlineon your My Account page Free with TuneCore Distribution Free with TuneCore Distribution IMPORTANT: You cannot match your weekly Trend reports to your monthly accountingreport. There will almost always be enough differences that the two reports wont exactly match.Only the monthly sales report is 100% accurate. Back to top How much does a Trend Report cost and how do I get it? Trend Reports are free when you distribute your music through TuneCore! A singleTrend Report covers a Monday through Sunday (inclusive) and is made available eachWednesday. Just login to your TuneCore account, click the "Money" tab then "Weekly TrendReports." IMPORTANT: If there is no Trend Report available, it means you had no transactionsduring that week. If you dont see a trend report, that means iTunes did not report any activityfrom iTunes during that week. Back to top Can I give my music away for free in the stores/services I chose?
29. Unfortunately, neither iTunes nor any of the other stores/services permit you to set theprice customers pay to download or stream your music or music videos from their sites. When adownload or stream happens, you will always be paid the required pay rate, but its solely up tothe store/service to set the price their clients pay. And they wont let you give it away. The new and improved TuneCore media player now allows artists to choose a song togive away for free. You can set this up in the ADD MORE stage when editing your media player,where there is the option to GIVE AWAY A SONG FOR FREE. Once you choose a song andenable this feature, fans will be able to type their email address into your media player and willbe sent a link to download the free track. There is another solution for music. Consider offering your music as a Podcast. Theyrefree, and TuneCore encourages them, especially for those who wish to distribute their music forfree. Here is a site (unaffiliated with TuneCore) that offers a good collection of sites andinformation about Podcasting:http://www.masternewmedia.org/news/2005/05/20/where_to_submit_your_podcasts.htm Back to top contact us Support Please include your Album ID# (number starts with X0), Music Video ID# (number startswith XV) or UPC when contacting us about an issue. by email 10am - 6pm EST Monday-Sunday Monday - Friday we will respond to all customer support inquiries on the same day. OnSaturday and Sunday we guarantee a response within 48 hours. firstname.lastname@example.org by mail 45 Washington St Box 256 Brooklyn, NY 11201 by phone