The thing is that :
- Envato supports selling your Royalty Free that you already sell with them as “personal listening” which is great. You add good income from iTunes selling your exclusive portfolio, that once was really exclusive. That’s what exclusive means, you’re not allow to sell it anywhere else. But Envato went on and created “personal listening” thing.
If you upload your watermaked previews on YouTube, it’s necessary to say they’re “Royalty Free” and you can direct them to your item on AudioJungle, so people can buy your license.
But going on iTunes, selling your exclusive portfolio as “personal listening” and also naming the “personal listening” Royalty Free (just because more people look for Royalty Free and more buy it) it’s already too much if you ask me.
I know you may get more iTunes downloads as you state if the titles have “Royalty Free” on them.
But you have to understand what Envato clearly explains :
- if you want to sell Royalty Free you promote on YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud your watermarked tracks and point them to your AudioJungle portfolio.
- if you want to sell personal listening items on iTunes, you enter a different market, of just songs, that users buy for say 1.99 USD and then listen to them.
There’s a huge difference between selling a licence for a song to be used commercially and selling a song so people can listen to their iPods.
Of course, lawyers can go on and on about this, and pledge in the favour of their clients, of course, to win the argument. But I want to keep it simple and know where I stand.
From my perspective, even if I haven’t made the steps yet to sell “personal listening” versions from my exclusive AudioJungle portfolio on iTunes, having the opportunity of selling on both it’s enough.
this is my oppinion, I’m sorry if it contradicts with yours, I understand your frustration with your removal of “Royalty Free” off your titles, and that now you sell nothing and before you sold heaps on iTunes,
but I think they did the right thing. You cannot sell “Royalty Free” tracks on iTunes. It may even confuse the buyer into thinking they can grab with 1.99 USD a song and use it as it is such as they already have a licence (which is 19 USD, the smallest.)
So all things actually made you earn more and earn the way you should. Songs for listening on iTunes and Royalty Free licenses on AudioJungle.