Why would not having a barcode or an ISRC make something illegitimate? Well, moot question, anyone using TuneCore gets a UPC, a barcode, and a song code that functions exactly the same way as an ISRC, all free and included.
But if you ask me, what legitimizes an artist is the act of creating: if they make music, they're legitimate to me--and to the government, who grants them all their rights instantly (more on the Six Rights all artists get here: http://tunecore.typepad.com/survivalman ... rights.pdf
And once an artist has made music, they have the right to sell it anywhere they want. In the old days, they couldn't place themselves on the shelves of a store like Virgin or Tower. Now we have iTunes and AmazonMP3 and many more, and those can be reached. We made TuneCore to help them, and provide all the tools they need, without forcing them to give up their rights or masters.
The fans can decide what's legitimate, by listening, buying, supporting the artists. That's the only legitimacy that counts in a marketplace, after all.
kslight wrote:Yeah but this is for Tunecore, a service generally dominated by amateur bands without label representation or management.
*cough* You mean like non-barcoded, non-ISRC'd digital only, illegitimate releases? *cough*