TuneCore is opening its digital distribution service, allowing approved partners to develop their own applications based on the TuneCore system.

Billed as an extension to its existing affiliate system, the new program allows partners to handle file uploads, encoding and delivery of music files. These partners continue to manage the artist relationship, set prices and terms, and manage all account features via status updates and various administrative tools.

TuneCore meanwhile directs the distribution of the music to its digital retailer partners, and offers optional customer support. The company is targeting radio stations, management companies, promoters, labels and hardware manufacturers with the new system.