Tunecore allows unsigned artists to directly upload their songs and artwork onto the iTunes music store for a small fee, cutting out the record label and keeping the profit and ownership of music with the bands. The service costs around £10 per album, with an annual maintenance fee of £5 to stay on the iTunes store thereafter.
While that may sound like doom and gloom for labels, some are not so sure. With music about the hype as much as the songs, the marketing muscle of the big record labels should keep them as key players for some time to come.
Via The Mirror