NOTE: Microsoft announced that their new music service, Groove , replaced Xbox Music in August 2015.
With Groove, you can stream and download music as well as create playlists and artist based stations for your tablet, PC, TV and phone. Distributing your music to Groove makes it available for stream or download on your Xbox 360, Windows Phone, and PC. Xbox 360, a premier home entertainment & video game system, blends content with a social entertainment network of nearly 35 million Xbox LIVE members. Windows Phone is currently available from more than 60 mobile operators in over 35 countries.
Please note that your music may not be available for streaming on Groove until Groove is able to license certain music publishing rights for the underlying musical composition(s) of your sound recording(s).
Stores and streaming services like Groove lean on companies such as Music Reports Inc. and the Harry Fox Agency to clear those rights. Therefore, in certain cases, your music can’t go live on Groove until whomever publishes the musical composition behind your music is registered with these companies.
If you both wrote and self-published the music you’re distributing, you’re welcome to sign up for TuneCore’s Publishing Administration service . Once you sign up, TuneCore will, on your behalf, take care of getting your music properly registered and licensed to be streamed and sold in any major store.
Go Live Time
It takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks for content to go live in Groove.
Groove Store Territories
Groove is currently available in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States
How Groove Sells Your Music
Does Groove sell your music via?:
Pay Rate (How Much Groove Pays You)
For songs sold individually off an album (10 tracks or less) in Groove, TuneCore pays you the following:
|Groove Stores Worldwide||You Receive Per Song|
|New Zealand||NZD $1.17|
|United Kingdom||GBP £0.49|
|United States||USD $0.70|
For albums sold (more than 10 tracka) in Groove, TuneCore pays you the following:
|Groove Stores Worldwide||You Receive Per Song|
|New Zealand||NZD $11.70|
|United Kingdom||GBP £4.90|
|United States||USD $7.00|
Payment earned outside of the U.S. is less for various reasons. First, payment on international sales is made in the local currency and therefore subject to exchange rate fluctuations when converted to U.S. dollars. Second, local laws may require that before remitting the money to TuneCore, Groove must deduct sums for applicable local taxes or other tariffs depending on the territory where you distribute your music. Third, the current wholesale price paid to you for international sales of your music may reflect a deduction for publishing royalties as Groove pays those royalties to local copyright right societies and publishers (the “Copyright Deduction”) and then the copyright societies and/or pay out those royalties to the rights holders (even if you are the rights holder and/or control the underlying rights to the composition). The Copyright Deduction may vary per country depending on local laws and customs at the time of payment and are subject to change.
As always, TuneCore pays you 100% of the proceeds that you earn on your sales through Groove worldwide after these applicable deductions are applied.
Groove offers a free ad-based streaming service and a paid subscription streaming service.
Since Groove offers a subscription service, the payouts for their monthly subscribers (i.e. streaming sales) vary each month since it is based on percentages.
Groove calculates subscription revenue as follows:
Groove Subscription Revenue x Proportion % (Tunecore Artists ÷ Paid Subscriber Plays) = Tunecore Artist Music Sales for Groove Subscriber
IMPORTANT: At this time, Groove's ad-based streaming service will result in $0.00 payments for streams in the following countries: United States, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, New Zealand & Switzerland. This is because the free trial version of the service is not yet running advertisements in those countries. As soon as those countries begin running paid advertisements, they will be generating revenue which means TuneCore artists will start receiving payments from ad-based streams in those countries. We are awaiting more information from Groove on when they will begin generating ad-based revenue in these countries.
GOOD TO KNOW: We've built our TuneCore Publishing Administration to get songwriters (the person or entity that controls the copyright to the lyrics and melody of the song) all their royalties from sales and use of their songs around the world. To learn more about the additional separate royalties you earn as a Songwriter, see our Publishing Administration Help section.