Pure Play Music inks distribution deal for its unsigned artists with Apple’s iTunes Store

After much negotiating, Pure Play Music has finalized a digital distribution deal with Apple’s iTunes Store. The partnership makes available for download Pure Play’s entire catalogue of 1.5 million tracks from global unsigned recording artists to iTunes Store and also to Napster, Amazon, and eMusic. Pure Play Music currently makes its catalogue available to over 25,000 retailers worldwide through existing partnerships and through its six genre-specific satellite radio streams.

“We are very happy,” says Richard Labrum, Vice President of Business Affairs, in the press release. “We are pleased that we can offer all our artists an opportunity to sell and monetize their music though these four industry staples. This partnership will serve as a springboard to enhance the visibility of our artists, and enhance the platform their music can be heard on.”

As part of the partnership, by far the biggest of the four distribution channels, Apple’s iTunes Store, will be giving Pure Play Music its own drop-down category on the front page of their iTunes Store Web site. Music enthusiasts can log onto iTunes Store, listen to the artist’s song, and, if they like it, click on a link that directs them to the artist’s personal profile page at Pure Play Music.

For all distribution partnerships, from the Pure Play Music site, fans listening to the unsigned artists’ songs can click on a link to purchase their music from a variety of their preferred digital distribution platforms, including iTunes Store along with Amazon, eMusic, and Napster.

“The online distribution model is changing,” says Lebrum in the press release. “We are spearheading these efforts to enable artists the maximum amount of exposure with a minimum amount of risks. By forging partnerships with outlets already established in the space, we can leverage their connections, and they benefit from our vast catalogue of world-wide artists. The new era of distribution is now, and we are thrilled to take the leadership role.”

Pure Play currently features and promotes over 6,000 acts from a total of 42 countries.

Source: Pure Play Music

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  1. So, can individual non-signed artists distribute (ie. sell) their music on iTunes this way?

    Is there another way directly to iTunes or does Apple only sell music from people signed to labels?

  2. @Cubert

    I use TuneCore and recommend their service.

    The problem isn’t getting on iTunes, really, it’s getting visibility. My album has been one of the unheralded zillions on iTunes for about two years now.

    Hint, everybody!!!! “None-Too-Great Hits” by Jim Swan

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