All Your Artist Are Belong to Us

29 Jan ’06

I’ve previously written about disintermediating the music labels (also here and here). Disintermediation would allow the artist to retain more control and more value – all of the intermediate roles being outsourced each for the best possible price. A new service has launched in beta that fills one of those roles: Tunecore takes the artist’s music and gets it online (eg. iTunes), taking only an upload fee and a fee for file storage. Apple now provides production hardware and software (Macs and Garageband), the DRM, the marketing and distribution (iTunes), and also the listening experience (iTunes, iPod, family room).

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