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Industry Music
Genre Publishing
Founded 2005; 11 years ago (2005)
Founder Jeff Price, Gary Burke, Peter Wells
Headquarters Main St., Brooklyn, United States
Area served
Key people
Jeff Price
Peter Wells
Gary Burke
Products Online Delivery (Music)
Services On-demand music distribution
Number of employees
Website http://www.tunecore.com/

TuneCore is an online music distribution/record label service founded in 2005. TuneCore principally offers musicians and other rights-holders the opportunity to place their music into online retailers such as iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play Music, Xbox Music, Rhapsody, eMusic, and others for sale.

History and overview[edit]

TuneCore garnered media attention from ABC's World News Tonight,[1] The Daily Mirror[2] and pitchforkmedia.com.[3] TuneCore's first customer was Frank Black, lead singer of the Pixies.[4] In 2008, TuneCore was utilized by Nine Inch Nails to deliver the music from their album, Ghosts I–IV to the Amazon MP3 store.[5]

TuneCore is based in Brooklyn, New York. In December 2006, music instrument and equipment retailer Guitar Center bought a stake in TuneCore, giving the company access to the music retailer's customers. In the United States, TuneCore represents about 10 percent of the 20 million songs on iTunes, and it accounts for almost 4 percent of all digital sales.[6][7] Tunecore reportedly fired Jeff Price, a co-founder and then-CEO, after the company faced a "cash-flow" crisis in 2012. Price has sued Tunecore for severance compensation and has alleged that the company may have been insolvent, an accusation that the company appears to dispute.[8]

Tunecore was acquired by Believe Digital in April 2015.[9]


  1. ^ "TuneCore and the Music Revolution" (video). ABC. Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  2. ^ "DOES TUNECORE SOUND THE END FOR LABELS?". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  3. ^ Matthew Solarski (April 13, 2006). "TuneCore Helps Indie Acts Go Digital for Cheap". pitchforkmedia. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "New Service Brings iTunes to Indie Artists". Spin. January 19, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-11. 
  5. ^ Harding, Cortney; Cohen, Jonathan (March 2, 2008). "New Nine Inch Nails Album Hits The Web". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  6. ^ SISARIO, BEN (May 6, 2012). "Out to Shake Up Music, Often With Sharp Words". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ Lazarowitz, Elizabeth (November 25, 2007). "Brooklyn-based Web business helps sell music in the digital world". Daily News. Retrieved November 27, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Inside Former CEO Jeff Price's Ouster from TuneCore: 'A Tale of Betrayal and Ego'". Billboard. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Believe Digital Acquires TuneCore...". Digital Music News. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 

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