I recently went non-exclusive and started selling music elsewhere as well. It wasn’t anything against Audiojungle, it was just time to spread out. What I don’t understand is why audiojungle takes more than 50% of sales with a non-exclusive account. Taking more than 50% is a tacit admission that audiojungle deems it’s services as more valuable than the authors content. Whereas I would argue (and I’m sure many would agree with me) that neither can exist without the other.
One could argue that they are doing this because they want to encourage people to go exclusive. This argument troubles me because this tact reaps enormous rewards for audiojungle.
Without question, Audiojungle has the best platform for selling music hands down. It’s hard not to feel a little taken advantage of in this regard. As someone who has a non-exclusive agreement now, it’s reasonable to expect that if I provide the content (which is half) audiojungle provides the services to sell that music which is the other half of the equation and then we both make money.
You can argue that since audiojungle is holding all of the cards as the 800-pound gorilla, they can dictate the terms and screw you if you don’t like it. As evidenced, you could certainly make that argument.
That being said, when you get right down to it, audiojungle taking 55% just feels wrong and frankly, unfair. It suggests that unless you are going to be exclusive, you have little worth to them and basically, they are saying we will take from you in a manner that we please and while even we know it’s absurdly unfair, we are going to do it anyway because **** your feelings.
Of course, this is just my opinion. I’ve met a few of the people that run audiojungle and they are fantastic individuals. that being said, the non-exclusive rate is needlessly soul crushing and in some ways, just downright cruel.