Well, you know how your iTunes player seems to automatically know the names of songs, albums, and artists when you put a CD in your computer? That’s the work of Gracenote! Basically, your iTunes player queries their database to match the disc’s musical “fingerprint.”
It’s important that your CD be registered with Gracenote for the sake of your fans. You don’t want them to have to type out the song titles by hand when they put your disc in their computer, right?
But the early bird gets the worm when it comes to initially submitting track info to Gracenote. So make sure you submit your album info correctly and soon!
With iTunes 11, the way in which you enter your track’s information into the Gracenote database has changed a bit.
Adding Track Information to Gracenote with iTunes 11
[Thanks to Mark Moore for this update on iTunes 12: “in iTunes 12 the option to submit track names has moved to the gear icon in the upper right of the UI. The process should be the same, where you update track names, add the album artwork, then submit.“]
Here’s some instructions provided by CD Baby’s own Bryson Hansen:
1. Open iTunes
2. Insert CD
3. Locate CD in iTunes (do NOT import yet)
4. Highlight all of the cd tracks
5. Right click and select “Get Info”
6. Click the “Info” tab
7. Change the album title/artist name/year/genre
8. Click “OK”
9. Now use this procedure for individual track names
10. Highlight track 1 and right click to select “Get Info”
11. Click on the “Info” tab
12. Update the “Name” and then click “Next”
13. Once you finish writing in your info for all tracks click “OK”
14. Highlight all of the tracks again
15. Click on the “Options” symbol on the upper right corner of the tracklist window
16. Select “Submit CD Track Names…”
17. Allow the progress bar to complete
Only 17 steps? Yep, that’s it! Then give iTunes a couple of weeks to sync up with the Gracenote Database.
Hope that helps!