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TuneCore Falsely Advertises Royalties

December 15th, 2022 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Didn't plan to post this, but it really irked me. @TuneCore advertises 100% royalties but in actuality takes a 20% cut on anything YouTube, even when others (ie @Distrokid) only take from Content-ID. This means YouTube Music as well, which is supposed to be YouTube's answer to Spotify.




TuneCore seems generally behind the times - starting unlimited uploads only recently vs many competitors doing this for years, content-id whitelisting still requiring manual emails, etc. But now it seems to also not know YouTube, YT Music, and YT content-id are different things.

At first, I thought it was an oversight on their pricing webpage, but their support team just doubles down on all revenue from YouTube being the same thing and subject to a 20% cut.



Sadly, there seems to be no reading comprehension of their website completely contradicting their admission of taking a 20% cut, even when quoted to them.  It also really doesn't make sense why an agreement with YouTube has any impact on what they choose to pass on to the artist.



As a sanity check, I thought maybe YouTube is like this for all distributors but a quick email to Distrokid confirmed it was just TuneCore that was lumping all Youtube revenue together with its 20% content id cut.



The bigger problem here is TuneCore is just straight-up breaking the law - they are advertising 100%, but it's not true.  Most likely they fix this eventually, but given how long it took them just to acknowledge the new pricing model everyone has been using + how slow they are with customer support in general (manual support tickets for whitelisting content-id, etc), it doesn't seem like it'll be a priority for them any time soon.
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