For anyone keeping track, Edison Moon has been available on eMusic and iTunes for the past two years, which I’ve added there through Tunecore. Tunecore is a fine service, but not for me. The sales I’ve generated through eMusic and iTunes have covered Tunecore’s annual database fee and little else, so I’m pulling the plug on it for now. Just not worth the cost to me, even if it isn’t too expensive and I do now and again net a random sale through those retailers.

I’m a little disappointed with how eMusic panned out, especially since I’m an ardent fan and member of eMusic’s subscription service and have been for several years. Their site should be much, much better than it is at helping customers find unknown music that might suit their tastes, and letting indie acts connect to new audiences. As it is , it’s just an ever expanding clearing house, with little to no curation involved. It’s getting frustrating just as a customer, they can’t even come up with a system to separate bands with the same name in their database.

Now that I’m using the Bandcamp storefront to sell releases, I’m happy cutting out a middleman, and I’ve made more sales from both Edison Moon and End Of just selling on my own than I ever did through iTunes or eMusic. For customers, I’ve set my prices at $5 USD, half of what iTunes charges, and you can choose from a whole slough of file formats. Bandcamp’s Flash download mechanism isn’t perfect, but it’ll do fine for now.

Which means all new commercial releases will be available from this page.



Comments: (2)

  1. I’m sorry to hear you’re leaving us, Steve, but let me urge you to use the many tips and strategies we have on our Website to help promote your music. Sounds like the only problem was insufficient sales–the TuneCore service did fine, but you need to make just a bit more money. Even if you go with someone else, by all means use these tips:

    http://www.tunecore.com/index/m_and_p_new

    Thanks again for being with us! Write if you ever have questions or need a hand with anything.

    –Peter
    peter@tunecore.com


  2. Thanks, Peter. For some reason, I didn’t realize your comment was sitting in the approval queue.

    I don’t think Tunecore itself was the problem, more that I don’t really see the value in the third-party retailers. They all have terrible database access tools, and provide nothing but a transaction interface, a function I can manage on my own.


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