How To Sell Music on iTunes and Amazon and Get Your Music on Streaming Services Like Spotify and Apple Music : A 5-Step Guide...

So,  you want to sell music on iTunes and other retailers and haven't a clue where to get started? Fear not!  I'll make it easy for you with the step-by-step guide below.

There are many services you can use which offer you online music distribution.

See further below for a list of a few music distribution companies you can use.

So, let's get right into it!  Here are the steps to get your music onto iTunes and other platforms...

1. Have your track mastered...

... because you want it to be ready for commercial use.

Ask your mastering engineer for a .wav file at 44.1 khz sample rate, 16 bit sample size.

2. Get your design and artwork ready...

... because your buyers need to see an image so this will be required as part of the submission of your tracks.

Create a JPG, GIF or PNG image with a size of 1600 x 1600 pixels. Make it best quality RGB Color with a minimum resolution of 72dpi.

Include only your artist or band name to the image and no other text.

3. Sign up for Distrokid (recommended resource) or another digital aggregator...

You'll find that, in addition to helping you sell music on iTunes, these services can also get your tracks or albums into other major online music retailers, streaming services and marketplaces like Amazon, Tidal, Youtube and of course Spotify among others.

Services similar to Distrokid include Tunecore, Ditto Music, CD Baby and a slew of others.  I have no relationship to Distrokid other than using the service for my own music.  The payment options these services offer vary quite a bit so it pays to compare these to ensure you use an option that suits your business and release plans.

4. Upload our tracks...

Follow the simple process to upload your track with Distrokid. Be sure you want to upload the tracks you upload because there can be a take-down fee should you want to remove track later.  Careful planning pays off!

So, now you know how to sell music on iTunes and other online retailers and you're selling like hotcakes.

Crack open a bottle of bubbl... huh? what's that you say? Not selling anything?

Why not?

You need one more step to actually sell music on iTunes ...

5. Promote! Promote! Promote!

Your music on iTunes or any other digital music marketplace is just that,  it's on the site and available.

You now have to make sure people are aware of it and go there to buy it.

Your best option is to start a bit of buzz about the album 1 to 3 months before the launch via your web site and social networks.  This gives you time to slowly but surely get attention ready for when the album hits the market.

You may even want to leak a sample track before the album release to help build interest in the release.  This may even increase your sales of the album as people might feel indebted to purchase your music after you've given them something for free.

So,  plan ahead and start to promote and publicize your album early and continue to do so as long as possible.

Remember,  not all your potential fans will user the same networks and services online to communicate or buy music.  You therefore want to go where your potential fans are.

Use your web site, use Twitter,  use Facebook.  Communicate with and engage people and guide them to where they can buy your music.

I hope you've enjoyed this guide.

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