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Clancy    31

Anyone using it? Or looked into it? It looks like a pretty neat way of selling your music through iTunes (and a few other online outlets) - it's not free to set up, but it's very reasonable.

I thought it might interest some members here who have finished songs (or whole albums) - Jomi, Rockerbob, Lcjones or anyone else - this wouldn't be a bad way to easily allow other members here to buy your music. No duplicating or sending out of CD's required. No hassling around with merchant accounts or online payment systems, Tunecore pay you directly either straight into your PayPal account or by cheque.

This is the site TuneCore: Welcome

Clancy

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I saw your post, Clancy, just wanted to offer you a chance to ask any questions you might have about us. The world of digital distribution is something of a wild west right now, so we're all about educating people, so they can make informed choices.

Thanks!

--Peter

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Thanks, Knight! I can't believe it's been less than two years since we founded the company. It's just growing like crazy. But folks seem happy, so I am. I wrote the FAQ, so I like to answer questions, which is why I reach out a lot when I hear us mentioned.

Thanks again!

--Peter

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Fretsource    3

Thanks Clancy - It does seem a very well set up and professionally run service. I've never seen such a detailed FAQ - ever!

And credit to you Peter for making a personal appearance on our forum to offer further info.

I'm with Knight on wishing we had something that people would actually want to buy. Maybe we have and just don't realise it. Perhaps your site already covers this (it was far too big to take in everything at one go) but information on how to promote our work to at least bring it to the attention of potential buyers would be invaluable.

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Clancy    31

Hi Peter, thanks for joining up and offering to answer questions here. I found your site through an ad on Harmony Central and was impressed with what seems like a great independent way for musicians to get their music out there and sold without too much hassle.

As Fretsource says, that is some FAQ's page you have there.

I really recommend that any member here who has music that they would like to make available for sale have a look at this site and to ask Peter any questions in this thread so we can all benefit from the answers.

Let's support our own talent here.

... and Fretsource, I'm sure you could make available some of your recordings. Don't underestimate yourself. Same goes for you Knight.

Clancy

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Aunt Doty    0

Jomiiiiiiiiiii............where are you?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:yes:

This does sound like and excelllent opportunity for some of our talented members!! Myself not being in that league. Good information!

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Jomi    0

:D Thanks Aunt Doty.

I tried but as of now I can't get any songs to upload to the site, I had a couple of go's but it sticks on the 'currently uploading' page AND it recommends flashplayer, so I downloaded that but it still says I need to get flashplayer - ad infinitum - just like trying to get on the video chat here!

Where's my manager when you need him???? :)

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Lcjones    8

Clancy,

Great find!

Peter,

I think you have a righteous program going. Most of us here are "home recorders" and obviously can't afford studio class recording services for the highest quality of sound. Yet there are some fabulous sounds and songs coming from the basement, as it were.

Can you give us an indication of the success "home studio" recordings are having at Tunecore?

Thanks for your time.

**

LC

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Jomi    0

Thanks Clancy :)

I followed your instructions and flashplayer installed ok (again), the upload seemed to be going fine but now there's a problem with the recording bitrate which needs to be 320kbps compared to the 128kbps in my Mp3 files. :reallymad:

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Clancy    31
Thanks Clancy :)

I followed your instructions and flashplayer installed ok (again), the upload seemed to be going fine but now there's a problem with the recording bitrate which needs to be 320kbps compared to the 128kbps in my Mp3 files. :reallymad:

What did you record them in Jomi? Can you not resave them at a higher bitrate. Shouldn't be too hard. You can work it out, I know it. :)

Clancy

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Clancy    31

Can you give us an indication of the success "home studio" recordings are having at Tunecore?

I know this question isn't directed to me Les, but this is how I see it.

I think with the fan base you have here Les you would be able to sell your recordings as they are. I think Tunecore really just enables us to submit our music to all the digital online music retailers and lets us get paid in one lump sum. The promotion will still be up to the artist themselves... but we have a great memberbase here and that will be the beauty of it I think. We can start supporting and promoting our own.

Clancy

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Jomi    0

I'm not sure what I recorded them in Clancy but I had Mp3's set to save at 128kbps, each time I save a music file Auditions warns me that I'm saving a lossy file and some information may be lost. I've changed the default setting now.

I opened a song in Auditions and saved it again at 320kbps (not sure what I should expect from doing that), it sounds ok to me AND it uploaded ok.

Thanks for the pointers Clancy - maybe I'll try that old engineers trick - when all else fails, read the instructions:isaynothing:

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Clancy    31
I'm not sure what I recorded them in Clancy but I had Mp3's set to save at 128kbps, each time I save a music file Auditions warns me that I'm saving a lossy file and some information may be lost. I've changed the default setting now.

I opened a song in Auditions and saved it again at 320kbps (not sure what I should expect from doing that), it sounds ok to me AND it uploaded ok.

Thanks for the pointers Clancy - maybe I'll try that old engineers trick - when all else fails, read the instructions:isaynothing:

So did the Flashplayer error message disappear? Maybe you will be able to access chat now too.

Glad you got it worked out Jomi. Looking forward to having your music available for sale soon as I'm sure a number of our other members are too. AuntDoty for one. :)

Clancy

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Jomi    0

Clancy, yes, the Flashplayer error message disappeared.

I've been reading through the FAQs page, there an awful lot to digest but I think I have the gist of it now.

The prices are reasonable enough to give it a try for a year, but I think I'll spend a bit of time upgrading some of the recordings first.

I'll go and try the chat now!! :)

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Jomi    0

Brilliant!! Video chat worked this time, had an informative conversation (and some tunes) with Rockerbob and Petmaniac.

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starsailor    20

Great idea Peter and thanks for pointing us in tunecore's direction Clancy:winkthumb:

Knight you've got two songs on the Songwriting forum at the moment so it won't be long, good luck Jomi, LC, Rockerbob etc. this is a great way to get the songs out there and make some money too:guitardude:

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Jomi    0

I think it's worth mentioning that songs have to be uploaded at 320kbps which is a higher quality than the default Mp3 setting, it's easily changed though.

I think that this site and others like it will spell the end for the greedy record companies.

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solidwalnut    5
I think that this site and others like it will spell the end for the greedy record companies.

Don't bet on it, my friend! I wish you were right, but the way it seems to be playing out is that the eternal promise of the internet 'levelling the playing field for the indie' only means that the OPPORTUNITY is there now more than ever before for the indie, as Clancy puts it, to market themselves. Unless the indie has some pretty good resources and a pretty large fan base, they most likely won't see any huge dollars coming in. As for destroying the greedy ones, they're scheming all the time to try and keep the monster fed. As long as there is copyright protection for recordings and publishing monies and a corner on the radio market, there will be a greedy industry! And they're taking a healthy chunk of profit from selling their wares on sites like iTunes!

This is indeed the beginning of the sharing of the wealth! It's been a long time coming. There's a ton of interest out there and much money to be made. It's up to us to generate the buzz necessary for our music in order to take advantage of this (no, I am not creating the necessary buzz as of now!). I shure hope to see your music on iTunes, Jomi!

Steve

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I know this question isn't directed to me Les, but this is how I see it.

I think with the fan base you have here Les you would be able to sell your recordings as they are. I think Tunecore really just enables us to submit our music to all the digital online music retailers and lets us get paid in one lump sum. The promotion will still be up to the artist themselves... but we have a great memberbase here and that will be the beauty of it I think. We can start supporting and promoting our own.

Clancy

Clancy's got it right, Les. At the same time, we're always offering contests, promotional deals and all sorts of opportunities (free ones, I might add) to give a leg up to those eager enough to put in the effort. There's a lot of tricks you can use to surface yourself at iTunes, and if you do well there, you might score an iTunes promotion.

As for the success of home-recorded artists? We don't ask when someone sends us an album if they used a studio or their garage, but I still feel comfortable saying such artists can do STUPENDOUSLY. I know of one who has already had 80,000 downloads! Our privacy policy protects them, I won't name names, but the rule seems to be: on iTunes and in any digital store, no one can tell you're not studio produced. So your music can stand on its own, to succeed or not based on its merits.

That's all we want to do!

--Peter

peter@tunecore.com

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