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iLike, the leading social music discovery service, and TuneCore, the leading digital music distribution service, today kicked off a joint effort to help independent artists make money and get discovered — effectively becoming their own label.

This unique alliance leverages TuneCore's digital distribution model and iLike's music promotion and discovery services to give independent artists a turnkey solution to distribute, promote and sell their music. With this initiative, independent artists can essentially be their own label, as follows:

  • Distribution: TuneCore empowers any artist to distribute their music and videos worldwide to iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazonmp3, and other leading online music stores and subscription services while keeping 100% of the royalties.
  • Marketing and Promotion: iLike offers a range of free and paid music-promotion services for artists to reach new fans on leading social networks and platforms across the Web.
  • Making Money: Artists will also earn royalties when their music is streamed on iLike.com, Facebook, and other platforms where iLike is available.

How It Works:
By submitting their music via TuneCore, independent or established musicians can sell their music in all the major online stores and leading subscription services, including: iTunes; Amazon mp3; and through Rhapsody, on Yahoo, MTV and iLike.

After using TuneCore to easily and quickly distribute their music to Rhapsody, artists will earn royalties when their music is streamed not only on iLike.com but also on iLike's unrivaled music syndication network, which provides music on Facebook®, hi5, Orkut, Bebo, iLike's third-party developer platform http://www.ilike.com/developer/signup and other leading channels across the Web.

"We are pleased to team up with TuneCore, a group that shares our commitment to unsigned artists, to create a real solution for indie musicians," said Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike. "As the music industry continues to reinvent itself, we believe it's critical to offer independent musicians equal opportunity alongside major-label artists."

Jeff Price, founder and CEO of TuneCore, said, "This relationship is the first time that music discovery, promotion and sharing is directly connected to distribution outside of a traditional label. I was an iLike user far before I had the privilege of working with them. iLike helps music and musicians get discovered, get heard and get famous. TuneCore provides worldwide distribution of music and video to the stores where music fans go to buy it. Philosophically, we fit perfectly together — our common goal is to help the musician succeed under a new model."

Artists can learn more and sign up for a free account at TuneCore today at: http://www.tunecore.com/iLike

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