Why You Should Never, Ever Promote Your Music On iTunes


We all know recorded music sales are dying. It’s a Titanic size plank that sales have been marching down for years, but eventually they’ll fall off. But we’re not there yet. Last year, Americans bought 257 million albums – an 11% drop from 2013. That’s still a hefty number, but ain’t nothing like the year 2000 with a whomping 785 million albums sold – the peak of recorded music sales.

So when you release new music, you’re of course still going to have it for sale (along with stream). And the most popular digital download store is still iTunes. It beat out Walmart nearly 7 years ago in total music sales. But with Apple taking a 30% cut and giving you zero connection to those who purchase your album, why are you telling people to buy it on iTunes?

Sure, it’s easy for fans to purchase on iTunes because their credit cards are saved. But how f’ing difficult is it to remember the login password – and having to type it in every single time is unbelievably annoying. Yes, I have fingerprint enabled on my iPhone, but when you restart the phone you have to type that shit back in. And even when I don’t restart, for some sadistic reason, Apple makes me type in my password nearly every time. And if I can’t remember it, which is now often, I have to reset it – and of course it can’t be the same password that I’ve used in the past year. So now having used up my top 10 passwords I’m at a loss and will never buy music again on iTunes. Or apps for that matter. Because I have to go through 37 steps.

But I digress.

Why are you sending your fans to the billionaire corporation who, again, takes 30%? Before iTunes, did you tell your fans to go buy your CD at Walmart? Of course not! You told them to support their local record store. So why are you telling your fans to go to the digital equivalent of Walmart?

Send them to BandCamp (run by founder Ethan Diamond), Loudr (run by founder Chris Crawford) or CD Baby (whose founder Derek Sivers is long gone, but it’s still a great company). Not only do these companies take drastically lower percentages – 15%, 15% and 9% respectively, but BandCamp and CD Baby give you the customers’ emails so you can add them to your email list and continue the conversation. Because the new music industry is about the artist-fan relationship. It’s more than just a sterile, detached transaction. Also, BandCamp and Loudr allow fans to name their price. Because of this, a fan bought my new album on BandCamp for $200 and another bought a single for $20.

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I know I know, you’re getting back to the “but iTunes is comfortable and feels safe” argument. I’m not telling you to take your music off of iTunes. OF COURSE you want your music in the most popular music store on the planet. And people will find your music there without you guiding them.

If you’re an independent artist, you should be pointing your fans to the stores that treat artists the best, pays them the most and gives them the most fan data to enable you to continue the relationship – and sell to them again.

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Major labels artists have no choice. Their label tells them what to do and they must comply. Fine. But indie artists do have a choice. The relationship you build with your fans is all inclusive and ongoing. And can last a lifetime. Meet them at shows. Respond to them on Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat. Send out meaningful emails. Respect them. And they will respect you. If you allow them to pay you more than is required, they will.

Apple will launch their streaming service this year to rival Spotify. If they give artists access to their fan data and slash their commission, then I’ll be singing a different tune. But something tells me they’re a bit too greedy and protective to do that.

60 Responses

    • ThomasG

      I’m not telling you to take your music off of iTunes. OF COURSE you want your music in the most popular music store on the planet. And people will find your music there without you guiding them.

  1. Anonymous

    In further reading, Ari my man, you tell them to go to iTunes because in speaking from experience, when u send Them to yuour own store where thou keep 100%, those people and corps just screw you over and ultimately steal everything and ruin yuour reputation… normally you wouldn’t undercut them in a good business partnership, but since there is no partnership or any sort of relationship i figured I would direct people to my store so I could keep it all, but alas, it cost me dearly, and Subsequently they screwed me over in every way. possible, been happening close to a decade now at least… the middlemen are ganged up or something and seem above the law and when you cut them out they don’t play fair and there is little to no recourse….

    which ultimateluy makes the whole music and enetertainment businesses very shady and suspicious, not to mention apple just seems like a criminal organization the more time goes on… only big corps seem able to get compensation from them or any other corp stealing, the Individual is worthless and has no standing in society anymore…

      • Anonymous

        you name them and they are likely complicit…

        its just the way it is, and it wont come out until after im dead, then there may be some movie about it, but the way my life is working out, itll be all pseudo names and trickery so you dont actually know its a real life story, and then maybe decades after that some 30 for 30 documentary will come out where some of these superstars and some of these powerful well off rich corporation people are all wrinkled and on their death bed where they will not have to pay the price for what they did and instead will be celebrated for it, probably theyll write some book and use how they screwed me over in their early ages as a jump off point to move more product and make more money…

        the best part for them, is that because its the music business and show business, no one believes what anyone says, and they have such massive squads and trolls and everything that if you are not some super rich well off famous powerful major corped up person you get screwed for even thinking about saying something, so they can do what they do, make me look bad for calling them out on it, and then get everyone believing im just lying or am desperate for some deal or fame or something or anything but the truth of the matter, so they get further rewarded and celebrated for being white collar criminals, and i get screwed and screwed and screwed, reputation ruined and character defamed with no recourse, no way to resolve this, and they just get more and more opportunities and make more and more money and just ruin my life and career and any chance for anything anywhere ever…

        so theres no point, cause i say the truth and then just get hammered for it, and then they just do it more and more and more, its the worst ever, my life is ruined because of it all and now i have no chance anywhere and the best part is it makes them look better and makes me look worse, so im fully fucked here no matter what move i make…

        ive said numerous times who and how and what, and thats just the tip of the iceberg, but no one believes me or else their teams and their squads come around everywhere and just fuck me over any way possible in a largely virtual digital way they hope is transparent or at least transparent enough to throw enough doubt into peoples minds that they then combine with vitriol and defamatory comments that then solidify the doubt in peoples minds and even with the constant massive true stories of how those people and businesses run a muck and steal and be petty criminals, people just dont want to believe it, because they buy into their gossip and rumors and trolling, so im fucked and there is no point anymore to say anything…

        i say one person and i get jumped by teams and hordes of people who will do anything to ruin me, which they all already have done… society is whats important and not the individual, so they can essentially murder me and because they are ballin and making money and shipping tonnage or else with some major corp or famous, itll get swept under the rug, a story will be fabricated, and they will get further rewarded and celebrated… and that doesnt include the beating im taking form non music people and non famous people and non major corped up people…

        it just doesnt matter anymore, im already fighting the battle of my life with a serious disease, and now ive had all this happen to me, and all i get is pissed on for even saying a peep about the truth and reality of what has happened…

      • Urmas

        hey, that’s private info. It shouldn’t concern us who is screwing who, or how they screw . Sex is private 😉
        I agree music-making money from music-is dead.
        We can bitch about it for ages, but that ain’t gonna solve anything. New World Order, only super rich live, the rest – masses (ass)es don’t matter 😉
        Now back to screwing, fuck music and let’s screw instead 😉

  2. Indefatigable

    Guess what Ari? The minute iTunes offers you a prime promotional slot on the front page, you’re taking it. That’s what “Promotion” means on iTunes.

    • Me

      That’s a whole different scenario. He’s not talking about iTunes promoting the album for you on their home page. He’s talking about the artist posting links to their albums on iTunes rather than posting links to the same album on more artist friendly sites like bandcamp, etc.

  3. Anonymous

    Oh yes the new industry, then how come majors and huge corps and the biggest superstars are all doing the exact same thing? This new indy industry is the same as the big celebs majors industry, its a real tired propaganda play…

    Its not some new industry is about fan engagementz its social media forcing itself upon music and the corps flailing around to try and glean data and stats and information…

    this fancy. new Industry helped ruin music for me, as those who once were heroes and people I respected, have become nothing lore then corporate fodder product pushing far less talented then I thought ordinary Joes just working a job like a garbage man… I liked it better when there was more mystery and magic, because I don’t really care about engaging with u people who think ur all so special, I just want the studio recording and then to not be bothered about it or tracked or etc, and yet u yall are so bout it u force this engagement down peoples throats and its awful… anyways

  4. FarePlay

    Ari? What are you doing? I now longer understand your point of view. Something’s off here. Do you want explain your context, cause you’re losing me.

  5. anonymous

    Ari, what about Youtube? Every musician uses it to promote his music, and the payment is 0.0000000000000
    Why do you piss on the only store generating money for the artist? I really like your articles but this time…..

    • Anonymous

      The whole point of this article is that iTunes is not the only store generating money for artist. Taking 30% is not helping generate money either.

      • Sarah

        To be fair, Apple isn’t just taking 30% off the sale. Apple is providing a service, specifically the provision of a platform that allows you to sell your music to your audience in a way that is (importantly) quite convenient for your audience. iTunes wasn’t free to build, it isn’t free to operate or maintain.

        If Apple weren’t somehow contributing to generating money for artists (such as by making it easier for customers to find and buy music), no one would use it. Sure, they take a cut — that’s what all middlemen and marketplaces do, otherwise they wouldn’t be in business.

        Now, whether Apple deserves to receive 30% for its services is a different question, but implying that they’re just taking money from artists without providing anything in exchange for it (i.e., earning that money) is a bit simplistic.

        • Jeff Wodman

          And you moaning gits think 30 percent is criminal , you know nothing
          about this business Whats 70 per cent of nothing ???

          If your music is fabulous what ever your genre thats all that matters

      • JTVDigital

        Apple is not “taking” 30%.
        These 30% before royalty payout to the content provider are made of taxes, banking fees, mechanical rights (except in US/CA…Etc.), songwriting/publishing rights, neighbouring rights…

        • Paul Resnikoff

          This was ages ago, but DMN did a study back in the heyday of iTunes Music and found that Apple’s margins on 99-cent downloads were incredibly thin. With credit card fees, sometimes negative. Which led to the truism of the day: iTunes downloads were just a showpiece, the real money came from iPods (and Mac, etc.)

          • JTVDigital

            That’s exactly my point. The article mentions “But with Apple taking a 30% cut…”
            No – Apple does not take a 30% cut.
            If I remember correctly the margin for Apple is around 1% on every sale, which is extremely low, or sometimes as you say the margin is negative.
            And this is the case for any music service, most (I’d tend to say all but I don’t have the data to demonstrate this) operate at loss.
            The difference in the case of Apple is that music is not their core business, they sell music and apps to sell hardware / devices (iPhones, iPods, computers…). And they (still) have enough music sales volume to live with the 1% or 0% margin.

          • Ari Herstand

            However you want to slice it, on iTunes artists get 70% and on BandCamp they get 85%. And BandCamp gives you fan data. iTunes doesn’t. Period.

          • JTVDigital

            Yes, indeed, Bandcamp is great for Direct to Fans and indie music. And the stats and email…etc are great features.
            iTunes is not D2F, it’s the biggest music download service in the entire world. It’s a matter of scale and volume.
            85% of nothing or not much will always be worse than 70% of “something”.
            If you don’t sell on iTunes you won’t sell on Bandcamp neither.

          • Name2

            but DMN did a study

            Okay, there’s a sentence which can’t end well…

  6. Steven Corn

    I echo Ari’s sentiments here. Similarly, I always advocated sending people to Spotify instead of Youtube. The rates are simply better and most people just want to hear the music anyway.

  7. Anonymous

    Guess you don’t sell much, eh Ari? 🙂

    For the rest of us, iTunes is the only way to make a living as recording artists.

    • Mar

      could you please explain that? =)

  8. JTVDigital

    The short answer is: because people feel more comfortable giving their card number / paying on iTunes than on any other “independent” store. Also most mainstream stores work on the user experience to limit the steps to achieve a payment, with one-click payments and things like that, which can be a high competitive advantage compared to smaller stores.
    So that’s where to send people on first place, to mainstream / very well-known stores like iTunes, Amazon…Etc. Unless they are “superfans”, and based on the experience I have with several artists, people won’t take the risk of giving their card details anywhere else than on these mainstream stores.
    And you’d be surprised to see the number of people (depends on demographics and local consumption habits though) who still don’t even know how to buy on iTunes / don’t use it or don’t understand how it works really, while still willing to “acquire” music from their idol, or at least listen to it.
    With the global fall of downloads, combined with this “complexity” of purchasing a file online for a significant number of people, it is now clearer and clearer that streaming and YouTube is the way to go / where to send them, and where they’ll go ANYWAY, whether it makes you (the artist) happy or not.

    PS: I have nothing against Bandcamp, Loudr…etc., many of our artists use it and we use it too, but most sales come from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and all “popular” stores (popular meaning “mainstream” here).

  9. KevinC

    NO…i don’t agree.

    I don’t want CD baby to spam my fans about using their services. Also, why would you think your fan wants to buy all their other music on ONE platform, then go off to another small one to buy yours.
    I dont like Bandcamp. They effectively using you to create themselves a streaming site through their compulsory complete song previews.

    70% on the world’s biggest music market is much more worth than 85% on some small platform. Selling (music incl) is much more than just an extra 15%.

    • ThomasG

      Because the new music industry is about the artist-fan relationship. It’s more than just a sterile, detached transaction. Also, BandCamp and Loudr allow fans to name their price. Because of this, a fan bought my new album on BandCamp for $200 and another bought a single for $20.

      It’s not just the 15% less commission Bandcamp and Loudr take. It’s the ability for fans to pay you much much more for one album or single. Why are you upset about that? As far as I see it this is a major win for independent artist. It seems fans are using these services to give their favorite artists ‘tips’ because they want to support more than just $9.99.

    • Anonymous

      Yep that’s the point of iTunes. Talk to 800M credit card accounts and lose a little more in margin but make up for it in volume, or pay a little less and talk to comparatively minute audience who knows and trusts a Bandcamp type service enough to actually use it. And as a customer, I’d rather have to type in a password on iTunes than set up a whole new account somewhere else. Though the whole password-entering aspect of Ari’s article is pretty asenine to begin with. Come on, genius, commerce sites require you to remember/type in a password…my 4 year old daughter can handle it, why can’t you?

  10. Shlomo

    Itunes taking 30 percent isn’t really the problem. There are a ton of both independent and major labels that additionally charge the artist an additional 21-35 percent for what they call a “distribution fee.” The double dip from the labels is the problem because they are not the distributer. Apple is the distributor hence their 30 percent fee.

  11. jss

    Hilarious . . . Virtually none of the comments here are ACTUALLY disagreeing with Ari . . . They just haven’t paid attention to what he’s saying! (With the exception perhaps of the one that claims that people are afraid to enter their credit card info online?) Most are just being argumentative to be argumentative . . . It’s a simple and correct article actually. Make your music available everywhere, but when your fans are asking . . . Send them to your preferred place of purchase.

  12. sgroovez

    Why not create your own store and use Ecwid? The first 10 products are free. So you could do 10 individual tracks or 10 albums. The good thing about this, is that you aren’t charged anything! So the only fees you pay would be the paypal fee or whatever fee is included with the bank transaction. Not trying to sell the service, and I am not with the company. I am in the process of adding this to my band’s website. Instead of having to shell out 20% per download and 2.9% +30 cents to paypal, the band will now just pay the 2.9% and .30 cent fee to paypal. Seems like a good deal to me.

    • sgroovez

      What I am saying about with Ecwid is that you create your own store, and then can have it on your own website. Direct your fans to your site to purchase the albums.

    • Sarah

      You can do this (and if you are, then the site you mention may be a great option) but it’s probably not an optimal experience for the consumer. As several other people have pointed out, going to separate websites for every artist, creating separate accounts on those websites to make purchases from separate entities is just not a great consumer experience. Consumers will almost always prefer dealing with multiple sellers through a centralized platform that allows them to have one account.

      This isn’t even solely a matter of trust in online transactions, while that is definitely a factor – it applies to offline shopping as well (that’s why products get sold through retailers like grocery stores instead of by separate manufacturers, why farmers’ markets do better than a bunch of individual scattered fruit stands, why large shopping centers get more traffic than isolated stores, etc).

  13. FarePlay

    Everyone Can’t Be The Enemy.

    Someone just posted an article about Apple losing a $500 million judgement in a patent infringement case.

    I can only imagine the snarled complexity of patents in the tech business and Apple is one of the most aggressive when it comes to bringing lawsuits against others.

    I don’t like the fact Apple or most large corporations are in many instances “headquartered” outside the US to avoid US Taxes. Worse yet Apple is sitting on over $150 billion in cash that is not being re-invested in our economy. They’re no angels.

    Sadly, this is the world we live in; where the goal for so many is to accumulate massive, obscene wealth, often at the expense of others.

    Creators are surrounded by profiteers focused on getting content as cheaply as possible and making as much profit as possible from it. This happens in all industries with Walmart being one of the first retailers to place suppliers at severe risk in support of their market dominance. The first distributor to take control of their suppliers and determine market value.

    This entire argument by the streaming side that the consumer sets the price is total BS. The reality is the consumer always wants to pay less and free is awesome. You give it to them and they’ll take it. It is only insiders, who follow the backstory, that understand the value in contribution and the future if we don’t.

    I believe Apple sees opportunity ( money ) in the future of music and hopefully are smart enough to understand the important part the creator plays in that success. Apple’s hiring of people with experience in the music business, not people who understand “binary correlation radio” ( a term I heard for the first time yesterday ) gives me hope. When all is said and done, Apple may be a huge disappointment, but music desperately needs a win, soon.

    So my support for Apple is pragmatic, but my hopes for Apple Music are very clear. Find a way for everyone, Apple included, to make more money from music.

    In the end, I’m more concerned about the future of art, music and literature in this country and the world. I can’t make everyone the enemy. As you know, that list is very large for me and includes the majority of companies operating as distributors in the creative space whether it be Google, Amazon, Spotify or Pandora.

    • so

      Did you read the article? It’s very simple: not all sales are created equally. If you are going to drive your people to a download, make it one where you collect an email address and pay a lower percentage for the sale. Maybe you posted in the wrong thread?

  14. Clintone.com

    People will always yield on the side of convenience. Look no further than the cassette tape vs vinyl or mp3 vs the CD. People are lazy. Deal with it. As for sending people to a sight your a fool if you send them anywhere other than your own site and keep ALL the money but if you have to send them somewhere Google Play is much better than iTunes could ever dream of. No middle man, you have complete control over pricing in practically real time and Chan change it when ever you Ike. ITunes is fastly becoming a dinosaur.

  15. RockNRoll Buddha

    Not promoting your music on iTunes will hurt WAY more than it helps. Your theory might work in a perfect world, but it just doesn’t fly in reality.

    FAR more music consumers buy from iTunes than anywhere else – they have the built in audience of active music consumers, and no one else comes close. If you want to experiment with your career and livelihood – then have at it. But not promoting your music on iTunes is a HUGE mistake as the market now stands. Most acts don’t have the time to wait to build up another service…

    And having worked with both CD Baby and Tunecore – I can say Hands down Tunecore is better at this point. They help me get more positioning and opportunities @ iTunes, Amazon.com, etc. than CD Baby ever did. They are forward thinking, and continually upgrading their services and network.

  16. HH

    As someone who works at an indie label and faces these decisions, a key reason to consider driving fans to iTunes for downloads, Amazon for CDs, and Spotify for streams is to try to concentrate the activity at one of those stores in order to increase discovery potential from new fans who are browsing. Namely, increasing the reviews, ratings, and genre chart position in one of those outlets ups the likelihood browsers will be interested.

    One strategy I have seen is to focus on your direct-to-fan relationship during presales with exclusive extras, and then focus on the iTunes/Amazon/Spotify outlets for release day and beyond.

  17. [email protected]

    All this, because someone can’t operate a good password manager? Seriously…

    This article reads like shill work, and I have tried mightily to avoid thinking that of this place.

    Poor Ari. How do he ‘member lyrics?? Tellypromper?

    • Lux

      So you clearly didn’t get past the 3rd paragraph. Or the “I digress” part. Pretty sure that was just a dumb rant Ari went on. His other points are spot on. You clearly missed the point of this entire article. It has nothing to do with passwords. Wow.

  18. dhenn

    Um…because iTunes is what is easier for my customers! I promote both iTunes and CD Baby options equally and iTunes always wins hands down for digital purchases because that’s what they are more comfortable with. Last thing I’m going to do it make it harder for people to get my music. I get it’s a business of pennies but I’d rather have a sale through iTunes and take a few pennies less than no sale at all. When it comes to physical cds, yes my fans still want those they seem to be happy with the CD Baby or Amazon option.

    • emlane

      Wish Ari would have left CD Baby out of it. No one buys downloads from that storefront. It’s old and lame. Bandcamp on the other hand is the number one sales generator for my band. We set a $0 minimum for our 11 song album and the average price has been about $15. Sure we sell on iTunes, but Bandcamp generates MORE income for us and we get the fans’ emails. Win – win. You can’t hate that. Never heard of Loudr before this.

      • Sarah

        You set a minimum of $0 and the average is $15? That’s terrific. I often point to Bandcamp when people claim that “no one pays for music anymore.”

        Do you find that most people are paying close to $15, or are you generally getting a wide range (one person pays $1, another pays $30)?

  19. cmonfam

    Find me an artist who is doing extremely well that doesnt have their music on Itunes.. sure they may sell merch/cd packages etc…. but yo…

    put your shit on Itunes

    • so

      Man, Ari. Gotta be frustrating to have constant comments from people who don’t read. And I quote:

      “OF COURSE you want your music in the most popular music store on the planet. And people will find your music there without you guiding them.”

      “Send them to BandCamp (run by founder Ethan Diamond), Loudr (run by founder Chris Crawford) or CD Baby (whose founder Derek Sivers is long gone, but it’s still a great company). Not only do these companies take drastically lower percentages – 15%, 15% and 9% respectively, but BandCamp and CD Baby give you the customers’ emails so you can add them to your email list and continue the conversation. Because the new music industry is about the artist-fan relationship.”

      • FarePlay

        So. It is about the title. Of all the services, like Spotify, that Ari supports, to take a pot shot at Apple/Beats/iTunes feels totally off, as is his near adamant insistence on the death of physical product. To be blunt the title of this post reminds me of Gigoam.

        As to your earlier comment about my post. You also need to read the whole article if you want to comment.

        • Ari Herstand

          I embrace physical product. It’s how bands succeed on the road. “Physical product” and CDs are mutually exclusive (and sometimes inclusive). CDs are on their way out. It’s not my hope, it’s just how it is. Why fight it? Vinyl is making a mini resurgence and bands who embrace this trend and sell vinyl at their shows are seeing some good returns. Pandora gives artists data. Spotify allows artists to connect with their listeners (and provides data). Both provide some income. iTunes provides no data. No fan connection. And is an antiquated transactional hub. I’m not anti Apple. Or anti physical. I’m anti going backwards. Anti stagnation. Anti anything that doesn’t steer the future. I’m pro progress.

          Thank Paul for the title 😛

          • FarePlay

            Spotify has been derided for the nearly worthless data they provide and as far as I’m concerned the entire music side of Apple is offline until they figure out a new strategy for a broken business. Among Apple’s recent acquisitions is a data company that may be used to upgrade the musicians/songwriters ability to track fans.

            Pro progress? Look behind the scenes; whose advocating it and where is it leading. Progress in and of itself is not inherently good or beneficial. That’s the problem with the current generation. They embrace what’s new without taking a step back to see where it is going to take them.

            Do you still believe streaming is the best future for musicians and musicians? Get real, this wasn’t pre-destined progress, it was greed and manipulation. You talk about success and the promise of using social media to build a career. I’m interested in great music, not whose great at social media.

            The mainstream labels aren’t interested in great music either; they’re interested in selling entertainment.

            Paul, about that title…………

  20. Sean Russell

    The answer isn’t to avoid iTunes, but to give potential fans options. As an avid iTunes user, I don’t want to buy anything anywhere else. Know your audience and provide systems that work towards making a sale. Also, slowing album sales isn’t an indication of trouble in the music industry. It illustrates a shift in the way artists generate income. You can stand to make more money giving away your music if that meant building a larger audience of advocates. That will then give you the ability to earn more for live performances, which could drive more revenue from merchandise sales. Sadly, it’s never that simple, especially with an over saturated digital landscape.

  21. Stupid reason to hate iTunes.

    So you don’t like iTunes because you’re too stupid to remember a password that you, supposedly, have to type in “every time?” If you are typing it in all the time how are you forgetting it? And is your terrible memory seriously a good reason to hate iTunes?

  22. Peter

    I would personally recommend promoting your music on sites like Downdrops.com. Downdrops allows you to instantly promote your music

  23. Crystal

    I’ve been debating this very thing and ran across your article – I plan to release on the platforms you mentioned here, but was just going to have them in iTunes as well because of the fact that everyone says you should. I think I’m going to rethink this, though: After all, they’d have to find me on iTunes by me linking them, so why not just link them via Bandcamp, Loudr or CD Baby and keep more profits? Thanks so much for the great article, it really helped me out before I release my first single 🙂

  24. Stevie Delacruz

    I thought that cd baby distributes your music to itunes once you register.

  25. Fair Pay for Musicians

    Hey everybody I wrote over fifty albums of music and posted twelve of them on the internet and the best part is I got paid US$0.14cents Yeah that was awesome. Imagine I got paid for my twelve albums YEAH. Thankyou ITunes-Spotify-Amazon every record company in the world. Yes it is all true all the corporations really do pay artists for their worth-YEAH I got paid US$0.14 cents for my albums. Don’t believe anyone on this site that says they don’t get paid for there music on YouTube and ITunes and Spotify. I got paid 0.14cents for posting twelve albums of my music and the best news is hundreds of shady free mp3 download sites even stole all my music and now it is all over the world for free. But hey things are great because I got paid US$0.14 cents from the corporations. Thanks mp3brown.tk free mp3 thief and thanks bombastic mp3.tk mp3 thief owned by Soundcloud-Universal and GMBH for letting my music be stolen and spread all over the net.

    Pay close attention to anon he is right!

    • Minime

      This is why I am seriously considering not releasing on Spotify. I see this post all over forums where people aren’t make jack shat off that site. I believe unless you are already famous, your better off not streaming. Make a personal website and sell your music one copy at a time. Sure the internet says something like half of sales are streaming but in reality indie artists are making very little and best of all no one has to pay for your music because they can just stream it. Enjoy your 14 cents.

  26. Carl

    I dig what you’re saying Thomas. If iTunes are selling tracks at 99c each, what’s the maximum we should put on them on CD Baby ?
    (First album, we don’t have a large fan base yet, but it’s good quality original creative modern jazz. Track lengths: 7:32, 2:58, 4:11, 5:38, 7:52.)
    Also, I’ve been told that once iTunes puts our ‘songs’ on their site (via CD Baby) we can change the prices on iTunes?

  27. KZ

    Captain obvious says… why do you need a platform? If they know you they know your website. Set up a download purchase option on your own website and control 100% of it. If it’s your name.com, they are going to have a clue of how to arrive there.

  28. MR

    You can earn more money per each album sold on iTunes than selling a hard copy. First of all iTunes will charge you approximately same amount as standard record label would charge you, but you don’t have to pay for manufacturing and packaging etc., which means more money goes into your own pocket especially if you self-release. Record labels will rip you off clean and you will receive somewhere between 5-10% of royalties per each album sold. Record labels are there to make shit loads of money, they don’t care about artists. In other words they’re there to rip you off! So I can’t agree with what you say AT ALL! You either get ripped off by record label or iTunes, there is no f**king difference!