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Industry Music
Genre Digital distribution
Music publishing[1]
Founded 2005; 11 years ago (2005)
Founder Jeff Price, Gary Burke, Peter Wells
Headquarters Main St., Brooklyn, United States
Area served
Key people
Scott Ackerman[2]
Joe Cuello[3]
Shelby Kennedy[4]
Andrea Gleeson [5]
Products Online Delivery (Music)
Music publishing administration[1]
Services On-demand music distribution
Number of employees
Website http://www.tunecore.com/

TuneCore is a Brooklyn, New York-based independent digital music distribution 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.[6] TuneCore also operates in music publishing administration services, helping songwriters register their compositions and collect royalties internationally.[7]

History and background[edit]

TuneCore garnered media attention from ABC's World News Tonight,[8] The Daily Mirror[9] and pitchforkmedia.com.[10] TuneCore's first customer was Frank Black, lead singer of the Pixies.[11] In 2008, TuneCore was utilized by Nine Inch Nails to deliver the music from their album, Ghosts I–IV to the Amazon MP3 store.[12]

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.[13][14] 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.[15]

Tunecore was acquired by Believe Digital in April 2015.[16] The acquisition opened up artists access to Believe Digital’s wider distribution network and label services, and increased TuneCore’s presence in the UK[17] and Australia[18] the same year.


  1. ^ a b "TuneCore Names Jamie Purpora President of Music Publishing Administration" (PDF). TuneCore. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Tunecore promotes Scott Ackerman to CEO". Prnewswire. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Former MTV SVP Joe Cuello Joins TuneCore as Chief Creative Officer". Prnewswire. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "TuneCore Opens Nashville Office, Hires Shelby Kennedy to Run It". Billboard. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Andrea Gleeson Named VP/Marketing At TuneCore". Allaccess.com. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "What stores does TuneCore distribute music to and where in the world are they available?". TuneCore. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Tunecore and Sub-publisher agreements for songwriters". 28 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "TuneCore and the Music Revolution" (video). ABC. Retrieved 2006-08-04. 
  9. ^ "DOES TUNECORE SOUND THE END FOR LABELS?". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  10. ^ Matthew Solarski (April 13, 2006). "TuneCore Helps Indie Acts Go Digital for Cheap". pitchforkmedia. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  11. ^ "New Service Brings iTunes to Indie Artists". Spin. January 19, 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-11. 
  12. ^ Harding, Cortney; Cohen, Jonathan (March 2, 2008). "New Nine Inch Nails Album Hits The Web". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2008. 
  13. ^ SISARIO, BEN (May 6, 2012). "Out to Shake Up Music, Often With Sharp Words". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ Lazarowitz, Elizabeth (November 25, 2007). "Brooklyn-based Web business helps sell music in the digital world". Daily News. Retrieved November 27, 2007. 
  15. ^ "Inside Former CEO Jeff Price's Ouster from TuneCore: 'A Tale of Betrayal and Ego'". Billboard. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  16. ^ "Believe Digital Acquires TuneCore...". Digital Music News. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "TuneCore Expands To UK". Hypebot.com. September 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Tunecore launches in Australia". Hypebot.com. November 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 

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