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The Deal on WaTunes New VIP Service

Hey everyone,

So I’ve been getting nailed about how the WaTunes VIP service will work. How will we price this kind of service, and what will come with it. There has been a controversy on whether we will charge a one-time $30 fee or a yearly $29.95 fee. So let me clarify how the upcoming new VIP service will benefit the artist.

Though we initially wanted to offer a one-time fee, we felt that with greater services in the works and to help provide ways to reduce cost to make this work, we will offer the upcoming VIP service for $29.95 a year. We really want to provide an extensive service upon our free online music distribution.

The freemium model will always remain and will always be open to all artists and labels. We will never take way the free service and entitle the artists 100% of their royalties. Rest assure that this part of the free system won’t change.

So for $29.95 a year, what will a VIP artist or record label will be able to get? Currently, while we distribute to all music store services using the freemium model, upon the launch of N.E., we had to make certain tweaks in the free model to make both parties happy.

Free Users will only be able to deliver contents to iTunes, eMusic, and ShockHound. Users will still be entitled to keep 100% of their profits. Another change that will occur in the free system is that the user won’t be able to request an iTunes Weekly Trend. Reason for this is that we don’t believe in charging $2.99 per report and it would be extremely difficult to maintain in the long-term. Lastly, free users will only be able to upload Music audio contents. For artists & labels wishing to upload Music Videos, they would have to upgrade to VIP.

VIP Users will have a very unique service. Including expanded upcoming music store offerings (which I will announce soon). VIP users will also be able to get unlimited iTunes Weekly Trend reports, get considered for spotlight features, distribute Music Videos, get expanded mobile distribution, offer up Free Music Downloads on the front page, VIP badge, expedited content deliveries, get considered for sponsored remix contests & sweepstakes, and more!

If you guys have any comments or suggestions, let me know. 🙂

April 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes New Experience Preview

See this video on Vator.tv »

Hey guys,

I’m very excited at how the buzz is circulating about WaTunes New Experience in our efforts to compete in the social media market. So we’re climbing up to face the bigger giants of media like MySpace Music, which already has the audience for independent musicians. With WaTunes N.E., artists will finally be able to draw their fans and family to create that social pool to help drive sales of their music that is already distributed by WaTunes. Vator.tv has been tremendously helpful by giving you guys an exclusive coverage of WaTunes New Experience so far. Meliza Solan, a Vator news anchor and host of ‘What Am I Missy?’ helps share with you news on the impending topic ‘WaTunes vs. MySpace Music’. Click on the link below to check out the latest on WaTunes New Experience brought to you by Vator.tv

April 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Josh Chandler of JoshChandlerBlog.com shares his insights on WaTunes vs. MySpace Music

Hey guys,

I just got news that Josh Chandler of the JoshChandlerBlog.com was kind enough to give his insight to his viewers and the viewers of Vator.tv about the bold topic ‘WaTunes vs MySpace Music’. You guys may remember Josh Chandler when he interviewed me and Tony Pytleski on his channel. Josh was very thrilled to give us what he thinks about the upcoming WaTunes New Experience (N.E.) and how it can be a strong game changer in not only the digital distribution market, but also the social media market as well. Look out for more updates from Josh Chandler as we move forward with WaTunes N.E. Click on the link below guys to check out and view the exclusive Vator.tv video brought to you by Josh Chandler.

Josh Chandler shares his insight on WaTunes vs MySpace Music

April 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment

Vator.tv coverage of WaTunes New Experience

Hey guys,

It’s exciting to announce a sneak peek of WaTunes New Experience. This version of WaTunes will aim to satisfy the responses of many of our users. Already, we’re getting huge buzz and response about this new version of WaTunes. Vator.tv, a site dedicate to provide startups like WaTunes to provide videos and pitches. Users can also meet with new business owners and investors. Vator.tv was very kind enough to write up a quick article about WaTunes N.E. So without further delay, click on the link below to read the article and let’s have some fun!!! 😀

WaTunes New Experience featured on Vator.tv

April 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes Reveals a First Look at New Experience

DETROIT – WaTunes.com, the revolutionary music service that helps independent artists get their music into online music stores like iTunes and eMusic entirely free have announced to reveal a first look of their latest new version of their site known as WaTunes N.E. or New Experience. WaTunes N.E., which is scheduled to launch in late May aims to provide a more social appeal to the service while providing new services to propel the artists marketing. In a bid to enter the social music market such as MySpace Music, WaTunes N.E. will be able to provide users with their own personal profile where they can discover and share new music with their friends.

WaTunes users will also be able to purchase over 400,000 ringtones from their favorite artists, watch the latest video channels through WaTunes new video feed service WaTV, and sync their own playlists to their profiles. A WaTunes artist will also have upgraded features to be able to sell and manage their music faster at music stores like iTunes. Artist features including a robust online account system, social dashboard, personal profile, direct-to-store links, and the new Essentials tool which will provide the artist links to sites like Jango and Music Expand to help market their music.

“First we created a groundbreaking digital distribution model by giving independent artists 100% of their royalties at no cost. Now we’re raising bar yet again by introducing New Experience. With New Experience, we are able to draw our attention to the fans who wants to socially interact with their favorite artists. As a result we’re able to provide our artists greater exposure and they will be able to establish a deeper connection with their fans to drive sales. I’m very excited about this new update as we pave the way to provide independent artists access to expand their music career.” said Kevin Rivers, Found and CEO of WaTunes.

Apart from all the upgraded features, WaTunes N.E. will introduce a new VIP service for independent artists to get more exposure. For just a one-time $30 fee, a VIP artist will be able to have their content deliveries expedited, view unlimited iTunes Weekly Trend Reports, get a VIP badge on their profile, get considered to be on the Spotlight rotation of the site, and offer FREE music downloads for more viral marketing.

About WaTunes
WaTunes is a social media service that enables music artists and record labels to sell their music to leading music store services including iTunes, Rhapsody, and eMusic. Artist and labels can sell unlimited music and earn 100% of their royalties for free!
WaTunes also provides a whole new social music experience that enables the fans to connect and stream unlimited music freely, rate/comment their favorite albums, meet new friends, and buy music from the WaTunes Marketplace.
Site: http://www.watunes.com
Press: press@watunes.com

April 23, 2009 at 5:02 am Leave a comment

New upgrade to Customer Feedback

Hi guys,

As always we’re here to help you by providing the greatest services out there. We’ve updated our feedback system and will provide users to submit reviews and feedback about our site and services. If you like our services, feel free to send us your review and feedback and what you think we can do to better improve on your music experience. You can do this by logging into your WaTunes account and click on ‘Send Us Feedback’ which will take you to our quick survey page. Please fill out this quick survey to enable us to better provide you with great services in the future.

Another upgrade is a simple integration with RateItAll.com (RIA). With this integration, you can even rate different staff members and their performances by logging out of your account, click on the ‘About’ page, and click on ‘Rate This Staff’. An example is if I were to provide you with customer service and you like me so much because I’m such as swell guy :), you can review my performance to you which will be added to our RIA page.

April 15, 2009 at 1:30 am Leave a comment

iTunes Royalty Reports & Sales Report Update

Hi guys, as many of you may not have known that iTunes delayed reports for the month of March due to an update in formats of their new reporting system. To cope with this change, we have ceased to provide you guys invoice statements and will instead issue you a much more detailed reporting via a spreadsheet (which can be opened in Excel/Ability Spreadsheet/etc.). If you haven’t receive your reports for the month of March, it is because we are moving to this detailed system and will issue you your accounting reports using this method. Next month, we will introduce a summary online reporting system which will enable you to view your reports in the most simplest form from all of our digital retailers. You will also request detail reporting such as the ones you will receive for the month of March & April sales.

If you guys have any questions, comments, or concerns, drop us a line at: info@watunes.com.

April 13, 2009 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment

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