Trev Warner and Kim Warner. High Rollin’ Bluegrass

The latest digital release form Tuneworks is a fine bluegrass collection from Trev Warner featuring Kim Warner.

High rollin' cover for tuneworks









iTunes go wrong – help them to get it right!

I think Apple have taken a wrong turn with the new iTunes 11 update by removing some key features.  Most concerning for this this writer is the removal of the user generated iMix ecosystem.  I am asking iTunes to bring back the iMix and I encourage you to do the same at their feedback page

I believe honest word of mouth  is the best recommendation and the iMix ecosystem contains plenty.  There are over zealous self promoters and fanatical fans in there  too but at least the content its real opinion and generated by real people.  Which is far better that the beefed “Listeners Also Bought” box which just looks like machine generated advertising to me.

iTunes 10.7  this afternoon, shows the Top-Rated iMixes on a popular artists page

10 iMixes

iTunes 11 no iMix box and a bigger Listeners Also Bought box.


The official response from apple…

“I am sorry to inform you that the following features are no longer available in iTunes 11:

1. iMixes

2. Gifting Custom Playlists

3. Alert me

4. Power Search

If you have any comments to be posted on this issue, please visit the following site and update your comments on the feedback page:

Apple recognizes that no one is better qualified to provide feedback about iTunes than the people who use it.

I encourage you to use the iTunes Feedback page to submit your comments:

Your efforts to share your feedback are very much appreciated.”

The iMix is a user generated recommendation tool that helps users find new music and the main channel  Tuneworks uses to promote indie artists.

Partner artists and Tuneworks in house Productions

We are pleased to welcome  a new partner artists. Those Kodiaks are a studio band  from Adelaide with a fantastic acoustic  pop sound. We think their songwriting is just outstanding.

Those Kodiaks Complete, Those Kodiaks Those Kodiaks Complete - Those Kodiaks

We are also very excited to release the  first in house productions from the Tuneworks studio.

Pumped Up Kicks [single] is a cover of the Foster The People hit and its from the 2 D production team.

Pumped Up Kicks - Single, 2 D [Acoustic Sessions] Pumped Up Kicks - Single - 2 D [Acoustic Sessions]

ROCK THE KIDS! is the cast album from Rockola’s long running [20 year] Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll show and features a wide range of styles from bluegrass and rockabilly to heavy rock and funk.

Rock the Kids! Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll, RockolaRock the Kids! Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll - Rockola

New partner artists and improved links

New Partner Artists

We welcome two more great partner artists,

the Every Brothers  The Every Brothers Complete, The Every Brothers

and The Barkers.        The Barkers Complete, The Barkers

Both from Adelaide, South Australia.

New Link function.

By becoming an iTunes affiliate we can now generate code for song specific iTunes links. Like this one for an Every Brothers Track  The Grind – The Every Brothers Complete

Can also be a large The Grind - The Every Brothers Complete

or a small button   The Grind - The Every Brothers Complete

These are powerful links for directing returning iTunes customers to specific tracks. For example in you have a high view youtube clip for your song and post the link right under the video. Returning iTunes customers who click the link will open iTunes displaying your song and its buy button.  They can buy in two clicks.

Tuneworks gets Artists on the iTunes Charts

Here are some recent  iTunes chart entries for independent artists using tuneworks. Congratulations to all the artists who make the charts. Our job at tuneworks is help the public  find new music, whether they buy  is down to the appeal of the track.   The first  3 artists on this list have been using tuneworks for a while and have multiple chart entries. For the rest of the list this is their iTunes chart debut.

Man of Colours Image Most recent song appearance: Man of Colours on 6 April, 2012 on the New Zealand Vocal Music Chart at position 25.

Kangaroo Image Kangaroo on 6 April, 2012 on the New Zealand World Music Chart at position 18.

Away In a Manger Image  We Three Kings of Orient Are on 28 December, 2011** on the Australia Jazz Music Chart * at position 108.

Conjure Woman Blues Image Most recent song appearance: Conjure Woman Blues on 2 March, 2012 on the Italy Singer-Songwriter Music Chart at position 57.

Boomer's Lullaby Image Most recent song appearance: Boomer’s Lullaby on 2 March, 2012 on the Italy Country Music Chart at position 8.

You Don't Know What I've Got Image Most recent song appearance: You Don’t Know What I’ve Got on 2 March, 2012 on the Italy Children’s Music Music Chart at position 46.

You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly Image Most recent song appearance: You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly on 6 April, 2012 on the New Zealand Singer-Songwriter Music Chart at position 65.

New Price and Service

Tuneworks is now offering a choice of campaigns.

A & R Campaign – For artists who have their full album [s] at iTunes and want to promote multiple songs or are just not sure which track is the single. We will promote 3 tracks for $300 per month.

Single Campaign- For artists who are pushing a single. We will promote one track for $150 per month.

Campaigns are charged by the month and our playlists are published every week in Canada, U.K. Germany Japan, Australia and twice a week in the USA. All prices are in Australian dollars.

Labels can attract a discount for multiple A & R or singles Campaigns.

If you want to use Tune Works contact us  and include the name of the artist and track that you want us to work on and we will confirm that we can work on your music and send an invoice with terms of service.

Tuneworks is a marketer and our best results have been achieve working with quality artists in the Singer/songwriter, Alternative, Rock and Country  genera .  There is a search function for the iTunes charts which you can use  if you want to check the popular artists  in each genera To use Tune Works you must first make you music available at iTunes. Through an aggregator or a distributor.

How Tuneworks playlist promotion works

Tuneworks offers an iTunes promotion service using material already at the iTunes stores. These screenshots will help to make it clearer.  The first screenshot  is an album by Grace Bawden  a client I have been working with. On the lower left is Grace’s top rated playlists box ( this is where I do my promotion) the top rated playlist is called  Tuneworks 41. Next screen is Tuneworks 41 opened to show the full list you can play and buy all the tracks or buy the whole list. First song on the Tuneworks 41 list is from The Beatles 1 Album. Next screen is the Beatles 1 album page and the top rated playlist is Tuneworks 41. So iTunes customers who are on The Beatles 1 album page ( or any other album on the Tuneworks 41 playlist) are 1 click away from a page where they can hear and buy my clients music.

December / Holiday /Christmas Songs

Tuneworks ran campaigns over December/Christmas  for two artists. Campaigns were focused on  Christmas songs from the album Ho Ho by Etypejazz Away In a Manger Image and 3 tracks from Beggars Deluxe by The Beggars Silent Night Imageboth artists saw increased sales and achieved multiple iTunes chart entries throughout December. Click on the Ho Ho or Beggars Deluxe album art in the line above to see the charts. The reason so many  big name artists have a Christmas album is because they sell well an of course the same stratagy can work for indie artists.

Getting your music selling at iTunes.

It has never been easier for artists to sell their own  music that it is right now.  You can put your tracks  at iTunes and all the other digital download services through an aggregator. We recommend Tunecore they are good value and very helpful. When your tracks are in the stores we can make it easy for customers to find them.

This screen shot is an iTunes page for The Beggars. At the bottom of the page you  can see the Top-Rated Playlists  and  The Listeners Also Bought functions both of these are links that help iTunes customers looking for new music to find this artist. In the upper right corner is the search with the artists name partly entered and a drop down list of matches. The more sales the artist makes the higher their name  appears in the list.

Client “A” Sales to December

We just got sales figures for the December quarter  for one of our first clients. Client “A” is an independent Australian singer songwriter: Tune Works promoted tracks from two albums [with 2006 & 2009 release dates ] starting in July 2010 focusing firstly on USA and then adding the other primary markets . In the September Client”A” released a new 4 track album and Tuneworks worked on two of the new tracks. Its interesting to note that  the USA is accounting for around 50% of sales and that over two quarters monthly sales have increased by a factor of 50X. Chart shows sales at iTunes by month, counts album and single sales equally and is based on figures supplied by MGM.

Client A sales to December 2010