iTunes Store going indie? iTunes Producer now available via Software Update

“Indie musicians have long had a difficult time getting accepted into iTunes, but it’s possible that’s coming to an end,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

“Apple has just released it’s iTunes Producer 2.6.0 software update to a number of users, despite the fact that it has historically only been available to musicians, record labels and other partners of Apple’s iTunes Connect portal,” Brownlee reports.

Brownlee reports, “t could just be a standard SNAFU, of course. In fact, that’s probably the most likely explanation: if Apple was opening up iTunes to indie musicians, it’d surely be accompanied with a press release.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]

10 Comments

  1. Sounds like a step in the right direction! I know it’s not open to independent musicians yet, but hopefully soon iTunes can become similar to what mp3.com was back in 2000 – a place to discover new music by independent musicians. 🙂

  2. There will be time when big (or small) labels would not be needed and musicians would publish their music themselves.

    Because now of 100% iTunes price labels get 70% and actual artists/composers only get 15% of these 70% — id est only 10% of the price that listeners pay.

    Of course, there are always advertising expenses, as well as studio expenses for newcomer artists. But with this excuse all artists get only 10% even if they do not use studio or any co-production. And the advertisement definitely does not cost anywhere that much money as labels might want them to believe.

  3. I’d like to see labels go away and any musician be able to publish their music directly, however it does raise the issue of how they’d filter music submissions.

    The problem is that anyone could just submit a sound file “fart noises”, and the iTunes library would get flooded with such things.

    It’s a bit more manageable with apps because they provide entertainment or utility. With music, the art is all subjective.

    Maybe they’d have to have some sort of fee per song uploaded to prevent the pollution, or require some amount of sales level to continue to be listed.

    I’m sure it can be figured out. I hope so!

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