itunes pays a pidly 5%

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  1. Dr_Willie_OBGYN

    Dr_Willie_OBGYN Active Member

    Aug 24, 2005
    Pacific Palisades, CA
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    I checked out itunes and it looks as if they are paying artists a whopping 5% of profits for every song that is downloaded! What a scam! Is that for real? I thought Amazon was bad by only paying indie artists 45% of list! Who would be stupid enough to sell out to Apple. Just keep using and pocket 90% while doing your own CD shipping.
  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    ITunes is selling tracks for 99 cents each, they have no stock to inventory and no shipping department it is all done over the web you would think they could afford to give the artist more but they are in business to make money not to spend it. If what my sources tell me most artist today get one dollar or less for each CD they sell. So they get 1/18th of the sale price. The rest goes to the merchant, the distributor, the record company and for marketing and advertising. The artist is getting about 6% of the sales price so it is pretty close to what ITunes is offering the artist. Wake up and smell the roses....the artist has always been at the end of the pay out line from the early 40's to today.
  3. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    During the "No limit spending" heydays of record companies, it took at least 1 million album sales just to recoup their costs.
    (Studio, packaging, artwork, distribution, 36 middle men etc etc)
    Which meant the artist made NO money from the first million sales.

    Now an artist can spend his/her own money on recording, and start making money right away with iTunes.

    The trend started with Van Halen's subesequent albums, when Eddie refused to let his record company control his studio recording, and walked into Warner Brohters and gave the record company the 1/2" masters he recorded himself.
  4. upgrade

    upgrade Guest

    Do your research

    I-tunes pays 63.7¢ per song and $5.91 per album and thats AFTER a 9% cut from my distributor. I am currently being sold through i-tunes as well as almost every other online site. Do your research!
  5. Steve Halko

    Steve Halko Guest

    We're currently getting 70 cents per download from Itunes (82.1 cents from ITunes-UK).
  6. Joe Crawford

    Joe Crawford Active Member

    Jul 11, 2002
    Shanks, West Virginia
    $0.70 per song ain't bad. That is as much as you get for a whole album from the biggies. Besides, pretty soon iTunes and the other on-line sales orginizations are going to take over most of the music distribution. They just anounced last week that they had sold their one billionth song. I think people are starting to realize that, rather than buy a whole CD for $15 - $18 with only one good song on it, they can just go to iTunes and buy that song for $0.99.

    Joe Crawford
    Stony Mountain Studio
    Shanks, WV 26761
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