well, i find this fascinating, mostly as observing a very intense industry person absolutely convinced of his viewpoint, and not realizing very much about how it appears to be a rather undiplomatic way to come across.
anyway, it's a behavioral thing. however, the idea that the company isn't strong enough to keep their CEO from peeing on their own product image is a bit disturbing. it seems at least he would have figured out a good way to pitch Tunecore's services without repeatedly shooting other industry people in the head. Jeff has voiced many things, over and over, and carefully, or unconsciously, sticking to his guns while not necessarily answering the questions put to him. <i think he's Republican.> i'm not sure he realizes that a lot of people are reading the thread. people much bigger than he. (not me, i'm nothing).
for me, my time of recommending Tunecore is over, although it seems that just putting in my own ISRC at Tunecore bypasses this whole sorry affair. for any company who belabors the money paid for an ISRC code (at the most, $75 to have 100,000 songs per year, for life; at the least, $0), as opposed to having to pay them a yearly maintenance fee --with the threat of pulling all your material from the stores they don't own-- is laughable. they might as well have the slogan "Better than Nothing!" it seems Mr. Price would actually believe it.
at least, Jeff was funny to read, and has clearly revealed what he really is, even if we're not sure it's definable. sometimes his strident tone and writing style was so jumpy, i surely think he must have been bouncing in his Herman Miller, undoubtedly spotting his boxers several times.
anyone know about indigoboom.com? (formerly bizmo). they have a flat rate per year, unlimited, and yes they do take a percentage too. bizmo took no percentage, although that seems to have been an unworkable business model (without going to a per-album model, as tunecore has had for years).
i too wish for a thread with a Golden Recipe for artists to make sure they're getting their money. ISRC, UPC, PROs, etc. in a nice neat descriptive "how-to".