1. What is TuneCore Fan Reviews?
TuneCore Fan Reviews, powered by SoundOut, delivers detailed reports generated directly from live consumer feedback on tracks by any artist. It is designed to provide a fast and affordable way to use audience insight to evaluate tracks.
2. How does it work?
Every track submitted to TuneCore Fan Reviews is fed randomly and in real-time to reviewers. They are asked to respond objectively with a rating and honest feedback. These reviews and ratings are then automatically analyzed by semantic technologies and compared against other tracks that have already been processed through TuneCore Fan Reviews to produce a detailed TuneCore Fan Reviews report.
3. How do I order a TuneCore Fan Reviews report?
Ordering a TuneCore Fan Reviews report is quick and easy. Just visit http://www.tunecore.com/index/artist_services and click “Get Started.”
4. Who are the reviewers?
The reviewers are a cross section of music fans and consumers. They signed up to listen to and give feedback on music and to discover artists. They do not know they are conducting market research for TuneCore Fan Reviews when they hear your track, which helps to achieve honest and objective responses.
To date over 300,000 reviewers have signed up as "scouts" and represent all age groups, genre preferences, and locations. Reviewers are asked to behave as "scouts" and to rate tracks not solely from their own perspective but also according to what they think the broader audience would feel about the track. Beware: reviewers don't tend to hold back, so if you are used to feedback from your girlfriend, best friend, or mom, this might be a little more honest!
5. Who should use TuneCore Fan Reviews?
TuneCore Fan Reviews is for anyone seeking consumer insight and market analysis on their tracks. Recording artists, bands, and musicians who want to know more about how their music resonates with fans can use TuneCore Fan Reviews to make smart career decisions that maximize potential. Record labels, publishers, and managers can use TuneCore Fan Reviews to assist in their A&R work, help them make decisions around single releases and album choices, and devise marketing strategies for artists and tracks. Major labels and radio stations also use the service to help structure their release decisions and playlists.
Is TuneCore Fan Reviews just computer analysis of my music?
No, not at all. TuneCore Fan Reviews uses genuine feedback from real music fans and consumers and then analyzes and interprets this data for you. TuneCore Fan Reviews translates subjective input into objective insight in a unique way that helps you rate, comparison test, and understand the market positioning of your music.
7. What's unique about TuneCore Fan Reviews?
Most current market research techniques rely on handpicked participants who are fully aware that they are taking part in a market research exercise. This delivers subjective feedback from a targeted audience. TuneCore Fan Reviews, however, combines 4 proven techniques to provide genuinely objective feedback and highly accurate results: the wisdom of crowds, computational forensic linguistics, reviewer profiling, and comparative analysis. TuneCore Fan Reviews is also very cost effective, making track testing and in-depth consumer insight accessible to every artist and any size industry player.
8. What can TuneCore Fan Reviews do to help me as an independent artist?
- Give you honest and independent reviews of your music from genuine music fans
Assess the hit potential of any track
TuneCore Fan Reviews' Market Potential forecast can show you the commercial potential of any track and where it stands in relation to thousands of other tracks.
Showcase the strongest tracks on EPs or Demos
A&R and industry execs are looking for hit songs, but the hits aren't always your favorite tracks. They're listening for music that will resonate well with a wide cross section of people, so you can use TuneCore Fan Reviews to select which of your tracks rates highest and has the most commercial appeal before you send them to industry professionals.
Improve your songs or recordings
Use TuneCore Fan Reviews' track analysis and objective feedback to find the weakest parts of your songs or recordings so you can make improvements on future releases.
Decide where to focus marketing effort and spend
Target your music accurately to increase your fan base. TuneCore Fan Reviews tells you who your tracks appeal to most, enabling you to promote your music in the right way to the right people.
9. What is the "Wisdom of Crowds"?
The Wisdom of Crowds is a powerful and proven methodology that states large groups of ordinary people organized under the right conditions (a "smart crowd") outperform small groups of experts in making decisions and predictions. The idea is not new. It’s the science behind Google and decision-making in some of the largest companies in the world. It has been proven time and again that collective wisdom consistently surpasses the experts. It also means that TuneCore Fan Reviews can guarantee 90% accuracy in track ratings. If you want to know more, we recommend you read "The Wisdom Of Crowds: Why Many Are Smarter Than The Few" by James Surowiecki.
10. What makes a "smart crowd"?
A smart crowd (in our case the sample group of reviewers) must be organized under the following 4 conditions to harness the Wisdom Of Crowds and deliver an accurate overall result:
1. Diversity of opinion: A sample group with many different points of view makes better decisions than one where everyone has the same information.
2. Independence: The individual reviewers' opinions are not influenced by others.
3. Decentralization: Answers are given by individual reviewers based on their own local and specific knowledge rather than by a central person.
4. Aggregation: TuneCore Fan Reviews provides a way of accurately measuring the sample group's collective answer.
11. How much does a TuneCore Fan Reviews report cost?
That depends on the number of reviews and how much detail you want from your report. All our prices and sample reports can be found here .
12. Can I cancel a report once it's been ordered?
No. Once you have ordered the report the track is automatically fed for review.
13. What can a TuneCore Track report tell me?
|What music fans honestly think of your track||What music fans honestly think of your track||What music fans honestly think of your track|
|The commercial market potential for your track||The commercial market potential for your track||The commercial market potential for your track|
|How good your track is overall, with guaranteed 90% accuracy||How good your track is overall, with guaranteed 90% accuracy||How good your track is overall, with guaranteed 90% accuracy|
|What the strong and weak elements of your track are (e.g. vocals, guitar, production etc.)||What the strong and weak elements of your track are (e.g. vocals, guitar, production etc.)||What the strong and weak elements of your track are (e.g. vocals, guitar, production etc.)|
|How your track rates in comparison with others in the genre||How your track rates in comparison with others in the genre|
|How much people like or love your track overall||How much people like or love your track overall|
|What gender and age groups your music appeals to||What gender and age groups your music appeals to|
|What your target market should be||What your target market should be|
|What emotions your track generates in the listeners||What emotions your track generates in the listeners|
|How much people like or love your track, split by age and gender|
|How your track positions against major label releases|
14. What is the TuneCore Fan Reviews Market Potential forecast? How can it tell if my track's a hit?
The market potential forecast is calculated using the overall track rating and passion level rating for the track, and also takes into account how much the reviewers have talked about the "commerciality" of your track in their reviews (including references to radio friendliness, hit potential etc).
15. What is the Track Rating?
The track rating indicates how good your track is in terms of quality.
16. What is the Passion Rating?
The passion rating identifies how much (how strongly) the reviewers liked your track. It is calculated by evaluating how much more they liked your track than their average rating for other tracks in the same genre.
17. Can I get a report on well-known music or cover versions?
18. How do you select the reviewers who rate and review my track?
The group that reviews your track is selected automatically at random because a diverse group of reviewers is required to form a "smart crowd" that ensures you receive an accurate overall track rating. See the FAQs on "Wisdom of Crowds" and "Smart Crowd" above for an explanation as to why we do this.
19. Can I trust the reviews? What motivates the reviewers to leave reviews? Are they compensated?
TuneCore Fan Reviews reviewers are genuine music fans and consumers from all over the world who anonymously review and rate tracks. They have no axe to grind, no hidden agenda, and simply give their honest opinion.
Reviewers are paid varying amounts for every track that they rate and review. Each of the individual reviewers is personally rated on their ability to predict the broader market view of a track – the better they are at this, the more weight their opinion carries and the more they get paid per review. Their payment per individual review is also dependent on its quality, which motivates them to write detailed and constructive reviews.
20. How does the reviewing work?
Tracks submitted to TuneCore Fan Reviews for analysis are fed randomly, anonymously, and on a priority basis. These users are paid to write a review and rate the track 0 - 10. The artist and track name are only revealed to the reviewer after the review has been submitted.
21. Can anyone hear the tracks I've submitted?
No, only the designated reviewers will hear your track and once they have moved on to the next review they are unable to hear it again.
22. Do I relinquish any rights to the music by uploading it to TuneCore Fan Reviews?
None at all, you just grant us the right to stream the track a set number of times to the reviewers for the sole purpose of collecting the reviews required to generate a TuneCore Fan Reviews report.
23. Can anyone download my track?
No, the service does not allow downloads