Re: I'm Jeff Price. And I'm Ready to Talk About My TuneCore Departure...
I don't hate CD Baby and appreciate any company that offers services to the benefit DIY artists, large or small. I love the competition in the market here as it allows companies and artists to pick what's best to suit them. However, Jeff is partially correct here. While the competition wasn't "gone", as he stated, Tunecore did differentiate itself from other DIY distributor's.
I'll state openly that I have a bias towards Tunecore. That being said, there are two primary reasons I believe CD Baby will never attain Tunecore's "status", even if/when it attains Tunecore's numbers.
Firstly, Branding. The name "CD Baby" conjures an image that is not consistent with the statement, "I'm a professional artist."
Second, CD Baby takes percentages of song/album sales. This is a boon to artists that make high-value, high-selling music, driving them to companies like Tunecore, where it's one fee per year and done, whether they sell 100 copies or 100,000.
In short, while a generalisation, it's fairly safe to say that in the eyes of most industry folks I interact with, "CD Baby is for DIY weekend warriors", while "Tunecore is for DIY'ers with serious goals". Both are good and have their purpose, but are for different crowds on the whole.
No disrespect intended. Just what I've witnessed over the past several years. Cheers.