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WaTunes CEO Kevin Rivers talks about the new Online Trending Service

Here I talk about the new online trending system announcement released yesterday! 😀

November 24, 2009 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

New Music Store Offerings Scheduled 2010 for VIP Customers!

Hey guys,

With the newly developed VIP service offering for just $12.95 per month, we are working to make the VIP services more appealing by offering more music store services starting in the first quarter of 2010. As your digital distribution service provider, here is my question to you:

Q: What are some digital store services that you would like to see your content made available?

Please post your comments and suggestions here. 🙂

November 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm 1 comment

WaTunes (Music Store Listing)

Hey guys,

I’ve posted the list of music stores we service. Feel free to check them out and let us know if you need anything at all.

October 12, 2009 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes partners with Amazon to offer On-Demand CD Service

Hey guys,

For those who has been itching to get your music on AmazonMP3, not only have your prayers been answered, but it is official that WaTunes has partnered with Amazon to offer you Amazon On-Demand! With Amazon On-Demand, you’ll be able to sell physical CDs on the Amazon store as well as digital downloads on AmazonMP3. Now you can take control of your complete music products and bring them into the physical CD world. Even though CD sales are declining, they are still a huge by product of your sales. We highly recommend that you go for Amazon On-Demand if you are selling a full-length (10 tracks or more) album.

Q: So what does this mean for VIP customers?

As a VIP customer, you’ll be able to OPT-IN into Amazon On-Demand + AmazonMP3 entirely free as apart of your $29.95 yearly fee. As always, you’ll be entitled to earn 100% of your royalties (about 40% paid out to every artist through Amazon On-Demand). If you’re a VIP customer and you are selling only singles, you can still OPT-IN into the AmazonMP3 store for digital downloads.

Q: So what does this mean for Free customers?

As a Free customer, you now have the option to OPT-IN into the Amazon On-Demand + AmazonMP3 service for $10 per album. Normally, you are able to sell your music entirely free into iTunes, eMusic, and ShockHound. Now, you’ll be able to optimize your music into physical CDs and sell them on Amazon at the lowest cost possible with no annual fees. As always, you’ll be entitled to earn 100% of your royalties (about 40% paid out to every artist through Amazon On-Demand). If you only want to OPT-IN into AmazonMP3 you can still do so for $10 per album (including singles).

July 31, 2009 at 4:00 am Leave a comment

Would You Like To Sell Ringtones?


As you know, VIP customers will be given the ability to deliver their music into loads of mobile stores including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. But, wouldn’t it be great if you as a free user can also transform your music into ringtones?

That’s where Thumbplay comes into play effectively! WaTunes has inked a complete 180 deal with Thumbplay to help you sell your music as ringtones not just at Thumbplay, but also to over 500 sites that is powered by Thumbplay’s catalog (including Airplay Direct and AOL Mobile). Thumbplay has also joined with WaTunes to launch the upcoming WaTunes Mobile Store (which will be completed integrated with WaTunes New Experience) enabling you to purchase over 600,000 ringtone downloads from both majors and independent artists.

Now how in the world do you jump into something like this? Simple!

Join Thumbplay’s OPEN Platform. Simply sign up as an artist, convert your tunes into ringtones and instantly gets published into Thumbplay. No waiting 4-6 weeks, nada. You can start transforming your music into quality ringtones for your fans to snag-n-grab, and because you have a direct deal with Thumbplay, you keep 100% of your royalties! Who would of thought?! I will add this link into your Dashboard by Tuesday to enable you to create your account and start selling ringtones. The best part, is that it will automatically become part of the WaTunes Mobile Store, so when we launch WaTunes New Experience in the Fall, your fans will be able to directly purchase ringtones from WaTunes without leaving your page! Can someone say “Easy does it”?

July 13, 2009 at 1:55 am 2 comments

What Stores Do You Want? Let Us Hear From You!

Hey guys,

It’s been an amazing time this year. Since March, we’ve made history by becoming the world’s first freemium online music distribution service. Giving you the power to sell your music to iTunes, eMusic, and ShockHound entirely free while you control your rights, masters, and 100% of your royalties has become a compelling model that taken route to new opportunities for you.

One of the best things about WaTunes is that it is based on ideas by you, the artist! It’s you that has given us the ability to provide new opportunities and features to best cater to your needs. Giving more music store options, more market opportunities, and more! Your ideas, your feedback, your suggestions, your reviews, is what helps WaTunes become a powerhouse in the digital music landscape. So I have to ask all of you two questions:

Q: What music store services would you like your music to be made available?


Q: What are other ideas, suggestions, and feedback you believe would benefit you through WaTunes?

Please post your comments and thoughts here and let us know as we’d like to hear more from you. 🙂

July 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm 2 comments

Indie-Punk Distributor Lumberjack Mordam Music Group Goes Under. WaTunes Paves The Way For Digital Distribution for Lumberjack labels!

Excerpt from Musformation

Our earlier speculation turned out to be true! Lumberjack/Mordam is shutting down all operations. Earlier we concluded that this will be a symptom of people buying less records and going more digital based. We had an astute commentor who gave the following insight:

“I run one of the labels involved. It’s not the digital that did them under, over the years since Dirk Hemsath took over the company things have gone downhill, and labels have not been getting paid at all (with very few exceptions)
Their digital sales, they also never paid to their labels.

Their phones/E mails etc, have been turned off since late June.

Anyway, I just don’t agree at all, that it has anything to do with digital music, but more to do with simple accounting and morality, (as their digital sales of labels material were very rarely ever paid to the labels either)”

It’s very sad to see a very reputable indie-punk digital aggregator going under. In most cases, it’s always interesting to see a more clear focused distributor that targeted particular music. In like of dark moments for the labels at Lumberjack, there is indeed a ray of hope. Here at WaTunes, we’re able to provide them with the most prominent digital distribution on the web. As the first and only free digital distribution platform, labels are able to re-gain entry into the digital landscape, increasing their profits, while their distribution cost is reduced to little to zero.

Though I am biased, I believe that it is our goal to help musicians and record labels increase their profits and reduce their distribution cost to help save them time, efficiency, and of course money. In this world’s current economical state, it’s only fitting that a freemium model could be a possible solution to reducing the challenges many music acts and businesses are facing. On the behalf of the WaTunes team, I speak for all of us when I say that I hope that things will work out for the labels of Lumberjack and that we are always more than willing to extend our hand in providing them with the most effective online music distribution services out there.

July 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm Leave a comment

WaTunes to Release Navigation Demo of New Experience

Hey guys,

It is my pleasure to finally reveal to those of you who are interested to get a demo of WaTunes New Experience a taste of how it will function. For those of you who do not know what WaTunes New Experience is, I’ll say that it is ‘The wave of the future’. Now I’m biased of course, but with the features that will be implemented into WaTunes in the upcoming months will blow you away at what we’ll be able to achieve. Making your social world…Well…SOCIAL! I’ve decided that it is now the best interest to show you guys a Navigation Demo of WaTunes New Experience just to see how things will flare with you. If you are interested in viewing the Navigation Demo of WaTunes N.E., simply contact us (info [at] watunes [dot] com) with the suject: ‘WaTunes Navigation Demo’ and either myself or one of my staff will send you a package that you can use to download and view on your browser. Get a feel for it’s simple use and as always, send us your feedback. We’d love to hear from you and how we can make WaTunes New Experience the ‘New Experience’ of music, media, and social interaction. 🙂

July 4, 2009 at 12:12 am Leave a comment Classical Composer Ernesto Cortazar Brings Greatest Masterpieces to iTunes

DETROIT – July 3rd, 2009 – Successful songwriter Ernesto Cortazar III, son of the late classical composer Ernesto Cortazar II, the first artist to have over 14 million digital downloads through, announced today to release his father’s full catalogue into leading digital music services including iTunes through WaTunes, the revolutionary online music distribution service which currently distributes the label of NBA Legend and Hall of Famer Earl Monroe. The Ernesto Cortazar catalogue will include classical masterpieces including ‘Just for You’, ‘River of Dreams’, and ‘On Top of the World’.

“WaTunes is on a verge to provide amazing opportunities to music artists and record labels worldwide. Our goal is to put the power back into the hands of the artist. We are very excited and honored to be able to help increase the brand and presence of Ernesto Cortazar into our music store partners. ” said Kevin Rivers, Founder and CEO of WaTunes.

“After 10 years of my father’s success on, it is now time to open new markets and use all the online distribution network, WaTunes will give us that with all the new features that are about to come and this combined with their excellent customer service they have. My father had over 14 million downloads in less than 2 years on back when it was a site dedicated to independent artists, now we want to break that record.” said Ernesto Cortazar III, Son of Ernesto Cortazar II.

Currently, his albums Just for You, Leaves in the Wind, and On Top of the World are now available on the iTunes. Expect to see more of his catalogue of music available on other music store services including Amazon, ShockHound, Rhapsody, and Zune throughout the year.

July 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

RoyaltyShare Pulls Out On Digital Distributon. WaTunes Leads The Way With Revolutionary Music Services

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A little over a year after RoyaltyShare entered the digital-distribution business, the company is exiting the market, paidContent has learned. When it introduced its digital-distribution service last January, RoyaltyShare said it would provide a web-based platform for record labels and niche distributors to interact directly with digital retailers, bypassing the need to go through large digital aggregators such The Orchard (NSDQ: ORCD). The company also said digital distribution would compliment its royalty service, which helps entertainment companies calculate royalties from digital sales.

But spokesman Mike Kelly said the economy had forced the company to de-emphasize the service, which is no longer taking on new customers. Two of RoyaltyShare’s 30 employees have been let go?and other employees are moving to the company’s royalty and sales management operations. While RoyaltyShare provides customers with analytical data on their digital sales, a company like The Orchard also woks with stores to market new music releases. With labels operating with skeleton crews these days, some may see the fuller service option as a better proposition.

Luckily, there is WaTunes! A revolutionary music service that can help RoyaltyShare customers gain access to digital distribution without cost and build a brand with their music.

June 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

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