If you write to Apple directly inquiring about getting your music into iTunes and Apple Music, it’s likely they’ll send you a form email thanking you for your interest and then tell you to use a 3rd party distributor such as CD Baby to deliver your music to them.
Rather than going through all that, why not just start with CD Baby? Once you and our digital inspection team have both approved your music for release, we’ll begin delivering your music to our partners immediately (including iTunes and Apple Music). iTunes will post the music for sale through their store shortly within a week. No long form emails from Apple. No long waits. It’s simple.
[Note: for our other digital distribution partners, times vary according to their processing speeds. Please keep this in mind if you are planning a release date.]
1. Sign up with CD Baby. For a one-time submission fee per-title, CD Baby will distribute your music not only to iTunes, but to Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, and many more download retailers and streaming platforms. Sign up, tell us your artist name, your song titles, and a little bit about your music and bio.
2. Upload your music. Whether you want to sell a single or a full-album, you can upload a .wav, .flac, or MP3 file and CD Baby will handle all the file-format conversions necessary for worldwide digital distribution.
3. Upload your artwork. Yep. Even if you aren’t selling a physical CD, tape, or vinyl record, you need artwork because all the most popular digital download stores display it next to your name and tracks. Upload a hi-res file and CD Baby will handle all the file-format conversions and resizing necessary for worldwide digital distribution.
4. We’ll do the rest. From the file-format conversion mentioned above, to digital delivery, accounting, payments, and sales reporting, we’ll do the boring stuff so you can get out there and promote your music!