Monday, September 12, 2016

Scammed By TuneCore?

TuneCore is hated by artists all over the US. Now let's expose those fuckers to the rest of the world. The world is full of crooked people who are often above the law at least here in the US.  These slime prey on the young naive.

Related: How TuneCore Screwed Founders Peter Wells and Jeff Price

Here are some comments from victims of Tune Core scams:


50 Responses to “TuneCore Review: Don’t Use TuneCore”

  1. Update On TuneCore Troubles (after one of their founders responds to this blog) « SwathBlog Says:
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  2. Social Media, Customer Service and Your Business Reputation « GrafiQa Creative Services Says:
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  3. Entire Swath catalog (finally) now available on iTunes and other online stores « SwathBlog Says:
    […] was a lot more of a hassle than we thought to get these up (see Tunecore Trouble post 1 and post 2) but hopefully, having downloads available will be a lot easier for people who want to […]
  4. Urban Touchdown Says:
    There seems to be a lot of bad press surrounding Tunecore. I haven't released through them for about 2 years. It took nearly 10 weeks for my content to go live and their customer support was appalling.
    If you tweet them they will respond, or if you go on the forum. Basically, anywhere that is public and they will come back with “we are implementing this now, we are amazing etc”
    So that's $1000 profit from each customer. And that's looking after your customers?
    They are pretending to be helping unsigned artists but they are a massive corporation , with millions in corporate funding, and they are all about profits, they have no care for artists.
    Stay as clear of Tunecore! 
  5. They aren't amazing. They are too busy selling healthcare or trying to make a quick buck somewhere else.
    Last year they introduced video game distribution for $1000, and then it came out a few months later that they were uploading for FREE.
  6. Peter Wells Says:
    Urban, you’ve the right to your opinions (though I can assure you they’re wrong–we’re trying to help artists, with all our power). But you say this, and it’s wrong:
    “Last year they introduced video game distribution for $1000, and then it came out a few months later that they were uploading for FREE. So thats $1000 profit from each customer. And thats looking after your customers?”
    Our service required us to do all the stems and syncing, build all the files RockBand needs to accept content. It’s over 40 hours of intense high-tech labor, and the real cost can be up of 2500. What RockBand is accepting free is anyone who has those files ALREADY PREPARED. So yes, if you know how to prepare your music for RockBand and put it into their formats, all lined up, they’ll take it free. If someone gave us files like that, we wouldn’t charge them. What we charged for was very serious and difficult labor, and $999 is a bargain for it.
  7. Peter Wells Says:
    Actually, let me update a few facts of my own, just to be clear. Getting into RockBand isn’t free for anyone:
    To submit a song to rock band network you must
    1) have the authored song
    2) own an X-box
    3) subscribe to RockBand Network for $99 A YEAR
    With TuneCore, if your song is mastered, we charge a flat $75 and handle it all from there.
    So it’s a savings even if you prepare the files yourself.
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  9. Aaron B Says:
    So, what I need to know is, how long will it take to get my album on itunes? I uploaded it 4 days before the release date I specified..really hoping it releases it on that date.
  10. Peter Wells Says:
    24 hours, Aaron. If it’s not live within 24 hours, write me.
  11. Terrell Says:
    For some reason, I have not received any of the money from sales of my song from tunecore. I read that this happened to a few people and that they never received their money. That's why I only put up one song rather than a whole album. How do I close this tunecore account and remove my song?
  12. Peter Wells Says:
    When did you put up your song, Terrell? The stores do take time to pay out. This is true of any distributor. Write me?
    (P.S., if you want to close your account, I’ll do that for you too.)
  13. Terrell Says:
  14. Angus M. Says:
    My band and I are recording our album, Trespassers, on this Sunday. We’re then going to try and put it on iTunes, but I’m a bit confused.
    Peter’s points are good, but then many people say it’s not a good way. Is the whole thing really worth it?
  15. Social Media, Customer Service and Your Business Reputation | Vibrant Creative Says:
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  18. Jan Says:
    I’ve been a member of SOCAN/ ASCAP they have been great for paying out the royalties on live performance and radio airplay. However, when it comes to the internet that’s a whole other ballgame.
    I’ve lost total control of 3 of my songs on the web.
    Do you know of a distributor on the web that are operating under
    SOCAN or ASCAP’S terms?
  19. IndustryHound Says:
    Many of us artists have received a renewal notice for our albums. Tunecore has suddenly and without warning raised the yearly renewal rate to $49.99, even though it has promised a $19.98 yearly fee when we signed up.
    This is a highly alarming event. I will be contacting the better business bureau within a week if I do not get a response from Tunecore. Please help spread the word, we need people to look into this.
    This was part of the email sent from Tunecore: “You must renew by the date above to keep your music live on the online stores you selected. If you do not renew, your release will be taken down from the online stores after the renewal date. You will lose all your reviews, comments, future sales and your TuneCore Media Player. ”
    -And we get 30 days to renew at the new rate of $49.99
    They lied to us! The only reason we all took Tunecore is because it was only $19.98 for yearly renewal! If your album is on Tunecore speak out. This is as unacceptable business practice. They know how difficult and time consuming it is to switch digital providers and they are using it to gouge us. Email them and tell them you will be contacting the better business bureau and the consumer protection agency unless they re-instate the yearly fee of $19.98 as they promised.
  20. Spiros Says:
    It’s been almost a week and my music is still not on i-tunes! Even though tunecore promise that music will become live within 24-72 hours. I’m worried now because I’ve paid them $49 for a service which is not being accomplished in time. They haven’t even responded to my emails. Tskk
  21. Peter Wells Says:
    As I just wrote you, could be an email problem. I’ve passed it on to support, you’ll hear from them in 24 hours.
  22. jayman Says:
    PETER WELLS. Do I need my song to be copyright or do I need a special something because I've heard how you guys scam people by paying them but then when their music sells alot a lot you tell them “oh we can't pay you because or song is not copyrighted.
    Or you don't have a license or register to BMI” please answer with full details cause I don't wanna get scammed other wise my last choice is cd baby
  23. Peter Wells Says:
    You’ve heard wrong. I know that article, and we wrote an entire response.
    If you’re not doing something illegal, you’re fine. Read that, and the guides we wrote.
  24. Liam Says:
    Can someone please help me and tell me how to delete my TuneCore account???
  25. Peter Wells Says:
    Just write and we’ll remove it for you, no questions asked, as always.
  26. the next lil wayne Says:
    Have any of you that had previously had tune core tell me if
    You made alot of money? Did you promoted? How much time? I have a good song
    But have heard of people only selling like 3 copies in 2 month. Can anybody
    Anybody tell me if you know how much someone with an alright song made?
  27. the revvernationns Says:
    For the above comment ..if your in tunescore expect nothing no money and a lot of bad customer service. If your in cd baby expect at least 30-100 if you have a good song with
    A video on sites now if your song is really good you can make thousands. Just be careful which distributor you put it in because that thousands of dollars and be made into nothin ZERO dollars
    Just an advised from someone who have taken albums through alot of distributor and has learned for the good.
  28. joel Says:
    I made 45 dollars through tunecore funny thing was that I had tons of views and tons people telling me they bought it yet according to them only 45 dollars i made and what a horrible customer service just like the guy who posted this blog.
    Sometimes they just ignore your email. 1 n a half years later i now have a different distributor who cares about their artist
  29. Peter Wells Says:
    We answer every single email, Joel. You should get a response within twenty four hours, from a real human being. If you don’t get a response within those 24 hours, you write me directly. If somehow I don’t respond, sent a tweet to @tunecoresupport. If THAT doesn’t work, leave a post on our forum:
    We will find a way to help you, to help everyone. And every single sale, be it a stream or a download, will be reported. Every single one. Guaranteed.
  30. jasson Says:
    I made quite good money on tunescore, on my first song then my second song didnt do quite good in sells because the song was crappy im thinking of making third one.
  31. piano Says:
    Mr peter the owner of tunecore what happens if say i put a original song by me then someone else that knows me or whoever claims cause they feel one word or one little rediculous sounding beat sounds like theirs…wat happens? Do you
    Guys remove the song cause this person says is theirs? If you do remove it, who is responsible for the losses u guys tunecore for removing it or the other guys claiming or both? Their are alot of people trying to get money anyway now in days
    Even famous artist are getting sued by little artist trying to claim their work just to make money.
  32. Taylor K. Says:
    This is ridiculous, I just want to upload some good music and make money, but I see all these customer complaints. I can’t do this anymore guys. Why can’t there be a good company thats honest and really gives you what they say? This is very frustrating.
  33. bijoydatta Says:
    I wish it was that easy, Taylor K. Everyone’s out for a dollar – whether they earned it or deserve it or not.
  34. joyce carlson (@furgurl) Says:
    peter wells .. you only cover so long with your emails.. you are in this for a buck and it so obvious that u need sunglasses ,,, your site will fall in time ,, artists should not pay ,, thats why they use utube,,, good try but to may bad reviews and your answers sound like a drowning rat,,, I can tell you are not an artist ,,no talent ,,, because as an artist you wouldn’t put up with this lack of good business practices to artist ..
  35. joyce carlson (@furgurl) Says:
    now to check the others Ingroove , aol radio etc.. yo ho ho
  36. Nick Ketelsen Says:
    It’s very sad peter that your customers need to come to a blog that isn’t even written by your company to get answers from you. I will never give tunecore my business after reading threw this.
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  39. Wrapk Says:
    I’m trying to help novice musicians with a free software called wrapk. With wrapk you can sell your songs via Android Market directly and without intermediaries.
    Please, test wrapk and/or share it. Thanks!!!!
  40. Eddie Says:
    I would stay clear of Tunecore. I truly believe they are keeping a lot of the money that comes in for the artists as I have had steady sales for 3 years and then all of a sudden all sales stopped for almost 8 months.. I know for a fact that I have had many sales and streams over that 8 month period and received nothing from Tunecore.
  41. Peter Wells Says:
    We don’t keep a penny, and have independent, 3rd party auditors come in and make sure of it.
    Have you reached out to us, Eddie? Have you asked Support to look into it?
  42. Adjutant Asafoetida Says:
    Yeah, that’s a big fat no for me after reading more about the service. Do your research first, and then make your own choice. To me, it’s pretty obvious that there is a problem here.
  43. Jean Says:
    Damn, in this World we can’t trust anybody. Sorry Tunecore… I will provide this page because people and Artists need to know all this stuff that is going on here…
  44. Gates of Oblivion Says:
    It's actually funny that they are SO quick to jump on this page when I never got a reply from support in TWO MONTHS.
    Haha, because this is public and people see how shady and dishonest they are , it's out in the open and that fat lazy crook Peter Wells jumps on here so fast he probably broke his seat.
    I think you have heard it enough times but once more
    the only people getting rich here are tunecore, and they are doing it by pretending to care about artists hahahahahaha, thats the biggest joke there is!
    F*K Tunecore
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  46. Sim Says:
    Peter wells probably breaks a lot of seats. Hes not the fittest.
    I never got a reply to any request and when I wanted something changed on my release they only advised me to PAY to take it down and then PAY AGAIN. And surprise surprise as soon as i asked them on twitter about it they jumped in to say they would help, and of course didnt.
  47. $50 a year? I call bullshit , their costs must be around $2 and that is for year one. What possible costs are there for year 2? Hosting 3 mp3s on a server costs $50?
    Peeps, if you wanna be naive and trust this company fine but you will just end up here like the rest of us.
  48. Simon Says:
    Tunecore is a Scam and are losing customers and money, believe me. I will be surprised if they are here in 6 months and what happens to our money, it's all gone.
    I have left tunecore. no more
  49. cordlesspizza Says:
    Can anyone recommend somewhere better? I’m with tune core now. I noticed a few purchases for one of my songs and then debits of the purchases, reversing the sale? I have no idea what it is and there is no one to call. I hate going through e-mail and anticipating a response that comes days or weeks later.
  50. Tunecore Sucks Says:
    I have personally had bad experiences with Tunecore. I am a cowriter/composer of some material and copyright owner (both © and (P) copyrights ). I released some of this stuff through Tunecore, sold a little under $200 bucks worth, then it was pulled by Tunecore because another one of the writers of the composition filed a complaint with Itunes. I responded with the appropriate documentation to both ITunes and Tunecore proving that I own the copyrights (filed with the U.S. Govt. ), showed them that I have my songs listed with my PRO, and followed the Tunecore rules by replying to them within the determined amount of time to appeal (defend) my right to MY own compositions.
    Tunecore’s response to this was to lock my money up. The deducted it from my account when I tried to process the check, but the check never came. I called, spoke to many people (both customer service and some much higher ups… I won’t call names), and they were happy to inform me that I’m not allowed to have the money raised through the sale of my OWN stuff even though Tunecore is a paid service and is a WORK FOR HIRE.
    For that, I say shame on you Tunecore.
  51. patypole Says:
    i’m with tunecore they’ve e-mailed me for some changement that’ll be held on the terms and conditions the point is using tracks for publicy or movie’s soundtrack for 20% o commission cut on my revenues again if i need to add more store that tunecore are launching i’ve to pay 1.98$ per store! how much to $….again?
  52. jayco Says:
    we are undecided between TC and recordJet but with a strong tendency towards rj. they respond quickly which doesn’t seem to work so well for tc. their price structure is rather appealing too.


  1. Keep sticking it to them!

    1. Don't let those bastards breath! Suffocate the plutocrats!

  2. I sent you some SEO info Proud. TuneCore is fucked!

    1. Thanks, Our numbers are going up steadily. We are now indexed on every search engine in the world and musicians in Japan and every country in the EU.

      Lot's of people in the Latin America are spreading the message.

  3. I heard Tunecore is going out of business! OH HAPPY DAY!