As Amazon launches streaming platform Amazon Unlimited, FreshTunes has unveiled a new digital music distribution service.
Geared towards independent artists, FreshTunes is a free to use platform to facilitate the distribution of music onto all major streaming platforms and digital stores.
The service offers free registration and 24-hour content upload to all major digital stores, enabling artists to manage releases, artwork, track descriptions and keep tabs on sales stats. Uploaded music is distributed to Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer, GoogleMusic, Amazon Music, Shazam, YouTube, SAAVN, Guvera and others.
FreshTunes does not take a cut from revenues, royalties or rights and additional services include artwork production, lyric videos, ringtones, promotion via the FreshTunes YouTube channel, LANDR mastering and MfiT to bring songs up to iTunes quality.
The service profits from these additional services and via interest on money left in artists’ accounts, which users withdraw in multiples of £25. The standard service will remain free.
It has been operational for six months, building a library of nearly 50,000 tracks and a user-base spread across 84 countries. It has helped independent hip-hop act Oxxxymiron achieve a No.1 album in iTunes Russia’s hip-hop chart and distributed music by Ukrainian singer Jamala, winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Digital music expert Nikolay Okorokov, who founded the company in Moscow, said, “I believe we’ve created a new model that is fair and gives the best value for money for all independent artists. It is one that we believe will create a new shift in digital music distribution. So many artists now are choosing to stay independent, even after achieving global success - it’s a trend that hasn’t gone unnoticed and FreshTunes is all about empowering and supporting the independent community of musicians around the world to truly run their careers on their terms.”