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How To Sell MP3s Online

Updated on October 23, 2009

Sell Your Music!

I have a lot of friends in bands or who are solo artists and I've seen some of them make over $10,000 a month selling their music on iTunes. Granted, they were touring and expanding their fan base online but you can start making extra money, right now, with your music.

Artists with well-written and professional produced music can easily sell a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand dollars in music every month without touring. I'll show you the #1 website to go to sell your music online at over 6 online music retailers, including the most important one, iTunes.  (Just a quick FYI, over 70% of all music downloads that are sold in the world are sold on iTunes.)


In future Hubs, I'll show you ways to market your music to increase your sales.

Sign To A Record Label or Stay Independent!

Because of the fall of the major labels and the rise of online downloads, the playing field has changed for the smaller artists, including unsigned artists. There have been many unsigned artists hitting the Billboard charts and making a sizable income from online sales.

If you combine touring and a strong online presence, you can build a career without ever signing to a label. Or you can sign that multi-million dollar record deal with a solid history of sales and tours that you did on your own.

MySpace has changed people's lives dramatically including a singer/songwriter named Secondhand Serenade (pictured below). He went from a MySpace darling in 2005 to selling out theaters across the world in 2009!

Secondhand Serenade sold over 100,000 albums as an unsigned artist because of MySpace and iTunes. He used this to sign to a record label and his his song Fall For You has sold over 2 million downloads! You can do it too!

How Do I Sell My Music?

Tunecore is the leading music site to get your music on iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, eMusic, Amazon and Shockhound (Hot Topic). Tunecore is owned by Guitar Center and is quickly joining forces with many top music companies. Surpass these sales with Tunecore and receive the following:

  • Sell 100 songs on iTunes within 30 days and get a show at The Roxy in LA or Le Poisson in NYC
  • Sell 250 songs on iTunes within 180 days and get a show at a House Of Blues near you
  • Sell 50,000 to 100,000 songs and get free or discounted Ernie Ball strings
  • Become a Top Seller and get your CD sold in all Guitar Center locations with in-store radio play

You can register with each online music retailer separately but every band/artist isn't accepted. And, if you're accepted, it may take months to get your songs online to sell.

Tunecore can get your music online in as little as 4 weeks but normally around 6 weeks. And all music comes out on or around Tuesday which is the standard day for all new music to be released in the music industry.  If you go through all the steps of the Tunecore website, your music will get accepted on the other sites 100% of the time!

You easily upload your music and CD artwork on Tunecore. They transfer everything to the other sites without you having to do it. You will need to have a UPC code to register for Tunecore. This code will keep track of your sales. And if you sell enough in a one-week period, you can hit the Billboard charts. Over the last two years, there have been many unsigned bands/artists to hit the Billboard charts because of online sales.

If you had your CDs manufactured professionally, check the back of your CD to see if there is a UPC code on the back. If there is, use that same code for Tunecore. If not, go to UPCExpress.com to get a UPC code. DO NOT pay more than $30 for a UPC code. Too many sites are charging way more than they should.

To sign up for Tunecore, CLICK HERE.

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      Wesley McCants 5 years ago

      We, the Macbrothers, Inc., released two songs at Tunecore, Priscilla & Egypt, over a year ago. We haven't made a red cent on either song since the release date at the beginning of February 2011. In all the distribution outlets Tunecore is affiliated with you would believe confidently that one individual from the whole of the worldwide web would have bought a copy of one of the two inexpensive released songs: at least. Not so. Zilch. This smells of manipulation or favoritism on the part of Tunecore and whoever else is involved. We plan to elicit the succor of the U.S. Justice Department about the moral integrity of this online service for songwriters and musicians. I don't believe Tunecore is as forthright as it boasts itself to be. In contrast, it doesn't appear in the forefront to be shady, but when one plus one doesn't equal two, as the Principia Mathematica teaches us, then one needs to check at the backdoor to find out what's going on.

      Wesley McCants

      Member of BMI

      Disabled Vietnam Veteran

      Post Script: How can people swindle a disabled veteran and sleep at night?

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      wrapk 6 years ago

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      K.R 7 years ago

      ive been with tunecore since the day it started.

      my album sold over 5,000 copies online and im still not on the

      charts yet. thats really bad. i think tunecore should help

      out people who are selling something. cause as an independent

      artist its hard to get out there without a label..

      K.R - StreetSmartz Album

      Available On iTunes Now..

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      TrajicK 7 years ago from GA, NYC

      Great Hub!! As an independent artist is pays to learn more ways to keep as much of your royalties in your pocket!! So thanks!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      this is an interesting hub, i have learnt new things about sales in music...you said in your profile your a student! keep it up and finish your studies, more success to you...

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      Douglas45 8 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Sound like you're setting us up to SELL something in the future. Your hub is great. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lissa Lynn 8 years ago from upstate NY

      Great hub, very informative! :)