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Special thanks to Tom Siegel for writing a thorough review about WaTunes and the new services that is to come! Check out the full review at: www.onlineartistpromotion.com/watunes
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).
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.
Since early March, we’ve come along way to provide you guys with an excellent online music distribution service. Providing you the ability to sell your music on iTunes, eMusic, and ShockHound entirely free while you keep 100% of your royalties. This service has become very intriguing and attractive as it gives artists like you the power to take control of your music.
What strikes me as odd as that there has been many questions raised on whether or not WaTunes should make the free service iTunes-Only. Not don’t get me wrong, being on just iTunes is great as we will place your content on the biggest store on the planet. But I have asked myself: Would this be a viable and sensible approach? I just couldn’t make up my mind. Me personally, I would rather keep the service as is (placing your contents on iTunes, eMusic, and ShockHound). But, I’d like to hear your voices. So now I’ll ask you guys a question in which I’ve created a new poll.
Here is the question: Do you believe WaTunes should make the free service iTunes-Only?
Please place your votes on our poll and let us hear your voice as to how you would like us to approach this new deal.
As time progress and we’re closing in on the launch of WaTunes New Experience, I was very excited to see that we have been picked up by VUE Weekly! Special thanks to Steven Sandor for writing a very compelling article about the relevance of the digital music industry and showing just how much we’ve stated the game with revolutionary formula.
With the power to sell your music on iTunes entirely free without upfront cost or giving up your royalties, how can you lose? You now have the power to re-invest money you would of spent towards paying per albums and put it towards your own promotion and even your own music expansion through WaTunes VIP services. So, without delay, check out this really cool article from VUE Weekly!
Your co-host and CEO of WaTunes here! I must say, I am so excited to see how this is really working out. It’s been 3 months since we’ve made the historical announcement to offer an online music distribution service entirely free, giving independent artists and record labels a real shot at getting their music available to iTunes without paying any upfront cost and most importantly without sacrificing any royalties from the artists.
Since then, we’ve made your voices heard through many media outlets, blogs, social sites, and more. We’ve underwent many test and we’re still working even hard to improve our model and focus. There is so much to get done and we’re still not ‘quite there’ yet. However, I will say that we are on the right direction by creating a strong product that sells itself and a strong team behind it that is very dedicated to provide you a customer service that can flare up excitement.
Every so often, we’ve reach many different companies who also share our vision of making a different in the music industry. In this case, we’ve came across MyMusicSuccess.com, a site dedicated to offer musicians guidance on how they can self-promote themselves and be able to reach a wide-array of potential fans. I’d like to share an article that they’ve written about WaTunes and the digital music age as we’re rapidly undergoing into an ever changing industry. Through these tough times, there are also exciting moments. So, without further delay, please take a look at the article written by Simon Adams of MyMusicSuccess.com.