Sell your music in time for the 2016 holiday season: end-of-year music distribution deadlines

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Are you ready for the holiday boom in music sales? 

20% of all music sales (and 30% of sales on CDBaby.com) happen in the last 6 weeks of the year.

CDs and vinyl records will be wrapped under the tree. Download cards will be stuffed in stockings. Millions of Apple and Amazon gift cards will be purchased and redeemed. Lots of brand new iPhones and iPads will access streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music for the first time.

We want to make sure that when music sales skyrocket, you’re ready for the ride.

If you’d like your music selling on iTunes and CD Baby in time for the holidays, you’ll need to send it to us SOON!

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that the “Delivery Date” below is the day we send your music to Apple. You will obviously need to have everything complete and approved on our end BEFORE that.

CD Baby distribution deadlines for the holiday season*:

Release date Delivery date
November 18th—25th November 11th
December 2nd November 18th
December 16th — 23rd December 9th
December 30th — January 6th (2017) December 16th

* Launch dates are for iTunes, Apple Music, and CDBaby.com only. We cannot guarantee that all our digital music partners will make your tracks available by this date.

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