Tunecore CEO Jeff Price Defends Flat vs. % Music Distribution Fees
When Tunecore raised its yearly flat fee digital distributions rates recently, many users supported the change while a few vowed to leave the service. Yesterday, after competitor CD Baby offered a discount to artists to switch to its percentage based distribution, a heated debate raged among Hypebot readers over Tunecore's new rates and flat fee vs. percentage based distribution fees for d.i.y. artists. As part of his response, Tunecore CEO Jeff Price shared a passionate argument in favor of flat music music distribution:
"I am by no means suggesting TuneCore is not a business, it is. And it does charge a flat fee for a service, but I feel I can look someone in the eye honestly when I do that, not when I take a piece of what they make when their music sells.
…You get what you pay for with no hooks left in you in the event you succeed…
I don't believe in pre-assuming artists are going to fail, and I don't believe when you have success others should be able to claw away as much as they can because you bet wrong"