It's A Smart Addition For TuneCore,
But Is It Worth It For Artists?
TuneCore artists can now share in the ad revenue generated when their songs are streamed on MySpace Music, thanks to a new deal between the companies. This marks the first time that TuneCore has offered its flat fee distribution customers access to an ad supported streaming service, and comes on the heels of indie licensing organization Merln's hard fought battle with MySpace on behalf of the indie community
TuneCore did not respond to an inquiry asking how revenue would calculated for its artists by MySpace or what its fee structure for the service would be. But for all but the most high trafficked artists, it may be a long time before their share of MySpace ad revenue exceeds any flat fee payment to TuneCore.
UPDATE: After the jump below, Tunecore points us to their fee structure which is the same for all outlets including MySpace Music. Still no word on what MySpace is paying in return.
How Much does TuneCore cost me?
If you are delivering just one track (a single) the only fee is an annual payment of $9.99. If you are delivering more than one song (an album) the annual fee is $19.98. The only additional charges (for an album) are one time fees of .99 cents per store you choose and per track that you upload to TuneCore. For example if you deliver a two track album to only iTunes US this would total to, $21.96 with an annual renewal fee of 19.98 after the initial payment.