iTunes, other digital music stores explained

FATdrop has published a hugely interesting post, gathering together essential information on what 14 key music download stores offer labels selling music through their services.

“We hope it will be a valuable resource for new labels as well as established labels looking to get into digital music sales,” explained the company. If you’re in the business of making or selling music you may already be aware of some of this information, but the data reveals a host of interesting tidbits for fans and for industry alike.

The post confirms Apple pays between 60-65-cents for each 99-cent song download through its service, doesn’t demand exclusivity and offers various marketing tools, including a link maker and Tell-a-Friend, a viral email marketing tool.

Additional services covered from the counted 500 and rising legal alternatives that currently exist include: 7digital, Beatport, BeatsDigital, Bleep, eMusic, Juno, MusicGiants, Napster, Stompy, Trackitdown, Traxsource, TuneTribe and Xpressbeats.

We think FATdrop’s information well worth a look, as it seems most helpful for people attempting to figure out the different business models and working paradigms of existing services.

FATdrop is a digital music delivery company which this week won a prestigious Digital Media Award for ‘Best Breakthrough Business 2008’ in recognition for the growth and success it’s achieved with its digital promo service, used by industry to manage pre-release music.

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