Music & Musicians

Singer Garth Brooks is Apple's latest competition


Apple's music download store iTunes has a new competitor—GhostTunes. The new digital music store, which launches on Tuesday, is the brainchild of country music star Garth Brooks.

The singer has long refused to allow his albums to be sold on any digital download service; GhostTunes will have exclusive selling rights to his songs, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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Garth Brooks performs on stage at Allstate Arena on September 5, 2014 in Rosemont, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images)
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GhostTunes will offer songs in all genres, but unlike other digital download stores, it will feature bundled products that combine songs with concert tickets and merchandise. For example, $29.99 will get you nine of Brooks' studio albums, some of his live material and a 2015 release.

GhostTunes will also allocate 80 percent of song sales to musicians, labels, songwriters and publishers, compared to 70 percent allotted by iTunes and Amazon's music store, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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GhostTunes Chief Executive Randy Bernard told Wall Street Journal that he asked Brooks how their company—"just a little ant on this big mole hill"—can stop Apple, Amazon or Google from copying their business model. Bernard recalls Brooks answering that if major music services stole their model, "music wins. That's my gift to music."

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