iTunes

Content Providers: Frequently Asked Questions.

Music Features on ITMS

After your music is available in the iTunes Music Store, the iTunes editorial staff may feature your title.* Before your scheduled release, ask your label or distributor to send a listening copy to the iTunes editorial staff:

iTunes Editorial Staff
Apple Computer
One Infinite Loop, MS:60-ITMS
Cuptertino, CA 95014

Editorial staff may consider a feature on:

  • The appropriate genre page
  • Free Single of the Week download
  • The appropriate genre’s Free Discovery Download
  • Weekly New Music Tuesday email blast or genre emails
  • Weekly New Music Tuesday podcast
  • iTunes Essentials

In addition, when your music is added to iTunes it may also be considered for inclusion on demo computers and in-store play at more than 130 Apple Store locations worldwide. Where appropriate, you may also be considered for an Artist iMix and Celebrity Playlists.

*Editorial placement is solely at the discretion of the iTunes editorial staff and is not guaranteed.

How do I become a signed iTunes artist or label?

Apply here. Once you complete the iTunes Music Store online application, you will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application and instructions on how to proceed.

How long does the application process take?

We review and consider each application individually and try to respond as quickly as possible. This process can take a matter of weeks.

How do I review the status of my application?

Applicants will receive an email notifying them of their application status once we have reviewed the application.

In what countries will my music be available if my application is accepted?

iTunes Artists and Labels are provided with the option to request contracts for all global regions in which the iTunes Music Store sells content. Once a contract for a specific global region has been executed, any content that has been delivered to us with Territory Rights within that global region will automatically be made available for sale in that region.

Who can I contact?

For questions on how to become a signed iTunes artist or label, inquiries can be sent to independentlabels@apple.com. For questions on using iTunes marketing programs to promote your music, contact itunesmarketing@apple.com.

Once I am a signed iTunes content provider, how do I get my royalty report?

Go to the following website and login using your Apple ID and password: http://www.apple.com/itunes/go/labelconnect/. Then click on the link called “Royalty Reports.” Your reports should be available on the Label Connect website automatically. A list of monthly reports will be listed. The reports should be available on the Label Connect website automatically. A list of monthly reports will be listed. The reports can be downloaded to your local computer. Note that only designated royalty accounts have access to the Royalty Reports page. Questions about royalty reports should be directed to itmsroyalty@apple.com. For iTunes content providers, Label Connect is an extranet that provides our content providers with access to iTunes Producer (our proprietary encoding software), discounted hardware, royalty reports, and tools to help you manage your content that is live in iTunes Store. Log in here.

Once you are a signed iTunes content provider, you’ll be able to take advantage of the following tools and programs:

iTunes Producer: iTunes Producer is a free software application that allows you to prepare your music for submission to iTunes. Use it to encode your music into AAC format; enter album, song, and artwork information; and send all your prepared files directly to Apple for consideration.

Downloadable royalty reports: The iTunes Label Connect web site allows the royalty accountant of independent record labels in the US and Canada to download their monthly royalty reports. The royalty report specifies sales of content on the iTunes music store for the given month. A new report is uploaded to the site at the end of each month. An automated email is delivered to the royalty accountant when the report is ready for download. Reports for the last 12 months are kept on the site.

Apple Discounts: As a signed iTunes label, you're entitled to discounts on Macintosh computers and iPods. Log in to iTunes Label Connect to purchase discounted Apple hardware.

Music features on iTunes Store: After your content is available in the iTunes Store, the iTunes editorial staff may feature your title.* Before your scheduled release, ask your label or distributor to send a listening copy to the iTunes editorial staff:

iTunes Editorial Staff
Apple Computer
1 Infinite Loop
MS: 65-
Cupertino, CA 95014

Editorial staff may consider a feature on:

  • The appropriate genre page
  • Free Single of the Week download
  • The appropriate genre’s Free Discovery Download
  • Weekly New Music Tuesday email blast or genre emails
  • Weekly New Music Tuesday podcast
  • iTunes Essentials

In addition, when your music is added to iTunes it may also be considered for inclusion on demo computers and in-store play at more than 150 Apple Store locations worldwide. Where appropriate, you may also be considered for an Artist iMix and Celebrity Playlist.

* Editorial placement is solely at the discretion of the iTunes editorial staff and is not guaranteed.

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