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CDBaby and Tunecore are well-established ways for independent musicians to get their songs placed on iTunes and other music stores, but RouteNote's cheaper.
RouteNote, an up-and-coming competitor for digital distribution for artists, does the math on its blog and acknowledges that it won't always win. A refreshing change.
How do they expect to make money? By adding a paid tier that offers more services.
Pay-for-play has been around ever since the first kid in a garage wanted a quick and easy way to become a rock star. It never works.
In Huffington Post essay, musician John Mellencamp writes passionately and intelligently about how the music business went so wrong, but his conclusion doesn't hold up.