Sell your video in iTunes with TuneCore

Rhonda's video was most likely not submitted via TuneCore, I just used this image as an example of a bluegrass video for sale on iTunesIt can be argued that a music video is a good promotional tool. And while that may be true, bluegrass artists seeking to get a video out to their fans have quite probably felt some frustration. Youtube and other online streaming services can be a good way to let people see your video, but what about getting a higher quality version into the hands of your fans?

TuneCore may be your solution. The company has been around for a while and offers a service allowing you to sell music through iTunes and other similar digital retailers. The way TuneCore works is quite different from other services such as CDBaby. TuneCore charges you a flat rate submission fee (per song, album, or video) along with a yearly hosting fee. After that, you keep 100% of the money paid out by iTunes.

Your video must meet iTunes requirements, and at this time only music videos are being handled by TuneCore. No other type of video will be submitted to iTunes. iTunes sells the videos for $1.99, you get $1.40.

Most videos will cost you $85 upfront and a $20 annual hosting fee. Longer videos may incur a higher setup charge from TuneCore. The upfront submission fee is non-refundable, so if iTunes rejects the video for quality reasons, you lose the money.

A band would only need to sell 75 copies of the video through iTunes to break even during the first 12 months.

If your band does submit a video that gets accepted into the iTunes store, please let us know so we can get the word out here to the bluegrass community.

  • PeterWells

    Thanks for the mention and the kind words, Brance! I love bluegrass–an old F&S guy. If you or any of your members have questions about audio or video digital distribution, feel free to contact me.

    Thanks again!


  • TuneCore Video

    Hi we have updated our services
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    TuneCore is your solution for music video distribution. Tunecore can help you get your music videos on iTunes and other popular digital services.

    Selling your video online is a great tool for music video promotion.
    Keep 100% of your rights and royalties without any exclusive contract.
    Distribution to Worldwide iTunes Territories.
    Competitive Pricing Starting at $299 per video SD and HD.
    TuneCore is partnered with an “Apple Preferred” encoding house.
    TuneCore Video Specialist to help you through the process.
    Advanced Accounting, Sales Reporting Features, and Content Maintenance throughout your subscription.