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Music distributor TuneCore gets $7 million

The start-up, which publishes music automatically to outlets like eMusic and iTunes for a nominal fee, has pulled in funding from Opus Capital.

Just after it announced a distribution deal with high-profile social music service iLike, digital music distribution company TuneCore has another deal to announce: it's raised $7 million in venture funding from Opus Capital.

The company works like this: musicians upload their music, and TuneCore handles the distribution to digital outlets like iTunes, Amazon MP3, and Rhapsody. TuneCore does not take any cut of the royalties; it makes money from an up-front fee for uploading an album. The funding from Opus will be used for marketing and product development, including a streaming music player that TuneCore plans to launch within a month.

TuneCore says that between 150 and 250 albums are released every day through the service, from unsigned indie bands to hot acts like Jay-Z, Moby, and MGMT.