As of last week, the amount of time for most TuneCore Artist’s albums, singles, EPs or ringtones to go live on iTunes was less than 24 hours. Even more amazing, on Thursday of last week, we had one TuneCore Artist's release go live on iTunes within 28 minutes of completing checkout. These incredibly fast live times are happening for the majority of TuneCore Artist releases, our goal is to have them happen for ALL TuneCore Artists releases (and we are working on it!).
In addition to faster live times on iTunes, the new and improved TuneCore delivery system now has TuneCore Artist's releases delivered to iTunes within five minutes twelve seconds of completing checkout – the old TuneCore delivery time had the snail like pace of three to five hours.
TuneCore not only has the highest payout rates and is the most reliable and trusted music distributor in the world for artists, it is also one of the fastest ways in the world to have music distributed.
When we launched five years ago it took six to eight weeks for releases to go live. I am psyched on how things are progressing!
And on a side note, I am also really excited to say that Demon Hunter is the first TuneCore Artist to have their song available to buy for game play on Rock Band, there are three more bands and songs going live in the next two weeks and another six coming up behind those.
Make certain to keep your eyes peeled on the new store additions – we just added Mog, iLike, European based Tesco and ten more stores via MediaNet. And if you logged in recently, you might notice Spotify is now available to add as a store (please note, Spotify has not yet launched in the U.S.).
We are also continuing to market and promote TuneCore Artists for features.
Some recent placements for TuneCore Artists include:
How To Destroy Angels - Featured in iTunes Japan
Ghost Robot Ninja Bear - Featured in iTunes US New & Noteworthy Alternative section
Beckah Shae - Featured in iTunes US and is now the #3 Inspirational track
Also congratulations to TuneCore Artist Jaron & The Long Road To Love for signing a marketing deal with Universal Republic and selling over 500,000 copies of the single Pray For You in the past eight weeks.
And finally a big congratulations to TuneCore Artist Drake, who some time ago signed a marketing deal with Universal and is expected to have the number one album in the country next week!