Google Music has announced a new revenue sharing scheme for independent musicians that is far more open and fair than Apple's iTunes scheme (or scam, if you will).
With Google Music, independent musicians pay just $25 to open their own account, upload music and set their own prices; after that, they can enjoy a 70/30 revenue share with Google.There are zero additional cost to upload additional tracks or albums. No lengthy application. Nada. Zilch. The process is easy, simple and painless.
In contrast, the road to selling your music on iTunes is significantly more frustrating and ufair. First, you either need to have at least 20 albums in your catalog and fill out a lengthy application on Apple's website or sign up to work with an aggregator. If you can't work directly with Apple because you don't have enough albums to your name, you have to research aggregators for a good deal. Aggregator CD Baby, for example, will sell your music on iTunes for $35 an album. With every dollar of music you sell, the aggregator ends up collecting 10 cents, Apple collects 34 cents and you get around 50 cents.