Apple Music is a great place to listen to music and it’s also one of the best places for you as an artist. That said, uploading your music to Apple Music isn’t always easy. This post will show you how to upload your music so that people can stream it from their iPhones or other Apple devices!
Bonus: We will explain how to get Apple Digital Master badge for your music.
You can upload it directly to Apple Music
First, you need to make sure that your music is in a format that Apple Music can use. If you have the original files of your songs, they should be in wav format and have at least a 44.1 kHz sample rate and 16-bit depth. Make sure you own the rights to your music.
You can upload your music directly to Apple Music through iTunes Connect. You need to have US Tax ID, Mac Os-based computer, ISRC and UPC codes for your music, and Apple ID with Apple Music Subscription.
Once you meet these requirements you can fill a form via iTunes Connect.
If your form is accepted by Apple Music, you will receive an email.
Now you can log into iTunes Connect. You will be required to set up banking information if you haven’t already done so.
When you’ve gone through the instructional videos and have everything in order, launch iTunes Producer and log in with your iTunes Connect credentials.
Upload your music
From there, you just need to drag and drop your files into iTunes Producer. You can also create playlists and add artwork. Fill all forms, add your title, choose your primary and secondary genre, choose content provider, write your Label Name, provide your Copyright Name, add ISCR/EAN/UPC/JAN code.
Submit your music for approval
After you’ve finished uploading your music, submit it for approval. This process can take up to two weeks.
Once your music is approved, it will be available on Apple Music!
How to get an ADM Badge?
You can also get an Apple Digital Master badge for your music
In order to get an Apple Digital Master badge for your music, it first needs to be approved by Apple Music. You need to do Mastering at Apple Digital Masters official Apple’s Certified Master house.
Once it is approved, you will need to provide Apple with the following:
-PCM WAV File Ready for ADM distribution
-ISRC and UPC codes
-Name of your Mastering Engineer
If you provide all of this information, Apple will process your music and give you an Apple Digital Master badge!
Pricing, Rights & Processing Times
The following stage is to define the album price (for iTunes) and rights. You may set the cost and territories where your album will be accessible here. On iTunes Producer, World rights and pricing are pre-set by default. Select the date when your album should go on sale, including the pre-order availability date, from this drop-down.
The following section is where you can input track information such as metadata, lyrics, pricing, and rights information. After this, you may add “localizations” that offer album details in different language localisations depending on the country in which the album will be sold. The final stage is to submit your album to Apple Music/iTunes.
Upload your music through distribution services
Apple Music has a list of approved partners that can help you get your music on the platform, including distributors and labels. This process is much easier and faster because you don’t need to register your iTunes Connect. You just need to send your audio and provide all the info for your release.
When your music is distributed through these services, they take care of all the requirements for you and submit your music to Apple Music. You just need to provide them with the files of your songs in the correct format.
How to choose a music distributor?
When choosing a music distributor, you will need to consider how your royalties are paid out and the fees that they charge. You should also think about whether or not their customer service is responsive and helpful for your needs. Make sure that the company has experience with major record labels so that it can handle any issues related to high-profile releases if necessary.
You can also use music aggregators to distribute your music. These services can help you get your music on multiple streaming platforms at once, making it easier to reach a wider audience.
Here is a list of best music aggregators –
Just find the best for you. All of these aggregators are great for music distribution.
Now you can upload your music to iTunes/AppleMusic and any other platform. Don’t forget that now you need to promote your music and attract listeners. Some of the music aggregators are offering music promotion services too.
Thank you for reading this article. We hope you will find the best way to upload your music to iTunes/Apple Music.
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