Tune Core has made a significant lane for the independent artists. The independent artist striving for major record sales, popularity, and main stream success are navigating to Tune Core and CD Baby because of this inexpensive promise. The artist’s budget is considerably less than the major artists. While major artists’ deal with these huge distribution divisions such as Sony Orchard, Interscope, Universal Music Group, and Capitol Records and other conglomerates. Tune Core offers an alternative to these major distribution platforms, at more than half the price. DistroKid is much less expensive, and gets your music into stores faster. Tune Core charges $49.99 per year per album. $29.99 for the first year. DistroKid charges $19.99 per year and lets you upload unlimited songs. Tune Core, CD Baby, and even DistroKid can distribute artist music for under fifty dollars for an entire year. The most successful independent artist use this opportunity to get placed on ITunes, Tidal, and Spotify in order to get their music out to their fans in hopes of getting the ever elusive royalty check, once a quarter.
Here lies the biggest falsehood of all. Tune Core uses the illusion that an artist will achieve mainstream success by using their service. This is a huge lie and very inappropriate both from an industry point of view and are void of all humanistic qualities. Common sense would tell a consumer if the artist is paying a lot less to put their music out, than there would be more than ample money to allocate for marketing and PR. Another artist issue comes into play because the money that would be used for marketing is used for the appearance of superstardom and the image instead of marketing and PR that would no doubt gets them where they need to go. The only confident solution is for artists to find a balance between the reality of their financial responsibilities and the reality of what the industry standard is. Distribution at the heart of it all is only as useful as the artist’s intention and motivation behind it.
By: Devon “Ghost” Brabham