Because when all else fails, it’s time to blame the industry rag. Which is exactly the sad direction TuneCore is charting, with its guns now pointed at yours truly, Digital Music News.
In the midst of a potentially litigious divorce with ex-CEO Jeff Price, persistent advertising on pirate websites, misleading ‘price drops’ and sagging per-artist payouts, TuneCore is now lashing out at us for, well, covering it all. “Your ‘reporting’ belies certain journalistic integrities as it wantonly accepts a singular narrative, when you must know that there are always varying points of view; and, in some cases, matters that are in reality, inappropriate for public debate,” TuneCore media rep Juda Engelmayer (of 5W Public Relations) instructed over email.
“The impression I can surmise is that you are now in vendetta mode or something along those lines, and it is hard to warm up to that.”
We also write nice things about TuneCore, including a nice ramp-up in revenues and subscribers in 2012. But Engelmeyer (who’s a guy, if that matters) seems to have a number of complaints, the biggest being that we (a) typically don’t write fluffy articles about TuneCore, and (b) fail to check in with them for permission before commiting (a). But while Engelmeyer seemed happy to lob all sorts of accusations about our journalistic integrity, he didn’t have a good answer for why TuneCore executives only agreed to speak with Digital Music News on the condition that we never mention Jeff Price’s name.
Enter glass house/stone throwing analogy here. “On a basic level, your job is to report news, while ours is to help manage that news for clients,” the Engelmeyer lecture continued.
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And to fend off the near-certain accusations of ‘out of context’ email quoting, here’s the entire exchange.