With new changes to its pricing plans, is TuneCore now free? It’s certainly not the only music distributor to offer unlimited releases.
TuneCore changes its music distribution plans. They claim their new TuneCore Unlimited payment tiers are better for artists and independent labels than their old plans, and a better deal than other distributors like RouteNote.
Thinking of becoming a TuneCore artist? To unlock unlimited versions on TuneCore, you need to pay for the privilege. But this is not the case with RouteNote.
So how does the new TuneCore price match the RouteNote distribution? Let’s take a closer look.
TuneCore New Artist Blueprint
The New Artist Plan is TuneCore’s new and only free distribution option, and it’s limited in terms of how your music will be released.
But compared to RouteNoteit offers a fraction of the number of stores where you can download your music.
Rather than giving you the option of sending your music to streaming services like Spotify, only social platform distribution is available, uploading your music to Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.
TuneCore says this level is “to make it easier to find and go viral on major social media platforms.”
The New Artist Plan has no fees and you get 80% of the royalties. However, with the free distribution of RouteNote, you keep 85% of royalties when you choose to upload to social media music libraries from Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.
RouteNote also offers free Content ID protection on YouTube, as well as uploading your music to YouTube Music and YouTube Shorts.
But why settle for distribution on social networks? You can distribute your music to 95% of the entire digital market with RouteNote’s free distribution.
These are platforms around the world, from Apple Music to our newest partner, JOOX. Speaking of new partners – every time we partner with a new store, your music is automatically added – a feature that costs $10 per release with TuneCore.
TuneCore Professional Package
TuneCore’s Professional plan is aimed at record labels and a range of features are included. It costs $49.99 per year for an artist. But if you want to add other artists, TuneCore charges a $14.99 extra per year for each additional artist.
RouteNote is the clear winner for label distribution. With RouteNote, record labels can download unlimited artists at no additional cost.
Whether you select the Free or Premium tier for a version, you can post an unlimited number of songs and artists. Labels can distribute hundreds of artists from a RouteNote profile without paying an extra penny.
Unlike TuneCore, RouteNote already offers artist revenue splitting for free, making it easier to split revenue among collaborators. You also get downloadable reports and custom label name fields at no additional cost.
At RouteNote, we have three distribution options – Free, Premium and All Access.
Free and Premium work version by version. For each version, you select a package, and both offer the same functionality. The difference is that Free is exactly that – free – and you keep 85% of the revenue.
Established artists love Prime, which has completely transparent initial and annual fixed costs that will never surprise you with additional fees. You keep 100% of the revenue for a one-time cost and a small additional fee.
Our third distribution package is All access. For a fixed fee, professional labels get 12 months of unlimited distribution and keep 100% of the royalties, plus priority support and pitch assistance.
See our rates here.
Deciding on a music distributor is a tough choice, and companies will try to bamboozle you with different pricing plans and fees for extra features designed to confuse you.
Your distributor should make it clear and clear what you’re getting for your money, because your music is what you’ve worked so hard on and you need a partner you can trust.
Sign up for RouteNote here today.