[Important note: if CD Baby is distributing your music to Google Play, DO NOT try to upload your music to Google Play yourself . We’ll deliver your music to Google Play for you.]
In case you missed the news, Google has rolled out a new entertainment platform called Google Play where you can find digital music, movies, books and Android apps in one place and access them all from any Web browser or Android device.
Why is Google Play a big deal?
Because there are more than 400 million Android devices in the world today, and more than 1 million new devices are activated every day (that’s more than the number of babies that will be born today).
If you’ve opted to distribute on Google Play through CD Baby (check your members account for details), then your music should be in the music store. But when you get over to the store, your store page might look a little bare….
That’s because, as an artist, you are the one who can claim and customize your page in the store. It’s your music; you know your story the best and we want you to be able to tell it.
Use the Google Play artist hub to customize your page.
With so many devices accessing Google Play every day, it would be a bummer if a fan found your music but landed on a page without a photo or description of what you’re all about (especially if it’s a new fan).
From the artist hub, you can customize your Google Play store page. Add an artist photo, original bio and the genres to describe your music. You can also provide links to the other places you live on the Web, like your YouTube channel, Google+ page and website.
Claim your page for free when your music is delivered by CD Baby.
If you’ve chosen to distribute on Google Play through CD Baby, you can claim your store page for free, saving you the $25 fee for page creation.
* Visit http://play.google.com/artists
* Search for your artist page
* See it? Claim it for $0
* Not there? Make sure you’ve opted to distribute on Google Play (check your CD Baby members account for details).
(You will be asked for a credit card to verify your identity, even though your page is $0. If you have questions about it you can visit the Google Play artist support center).
Play by your own rules. Visit http://play.google.com/artists.
[Again, it’s important that you NOT attempt to upload your own music to Google Play if you’re using CD Baby for digital distribution. We’ll handle the upload– then you can claim the page and complete the artist details.]