What I will be explaining in this guide is how you can easily add your music to the iTunes Store as well as other online digital stores (iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, Amazon MP3, Napster, Verizon V-Cast, and more)
One of the hobbies that I have is composing and playing piano music. A goal of mine has always been to submit some of my personal music compositions to iTunes and other online digital music stores. After some quick research, I found a list of online companies that ease the process for submitting music to iTunes and other popular online music stores. A list of these companies as well as some mix reviews can be found here: Click Here
The Company I Chose
The company I decided to go with was, CDBaby.com.
The reason why I chose CD Baby over the other companies was because of their great reputation, low commission fee, online digital music stores they distributed your music to, and setup price. Additionally, they do not charge a monthly or yearly fee to keep your submitted music in online music stores. However, I recommend you view the list of other companies out there to see which one fits your personal needs.
Below is a general overview of CD Baby’s pricing and included services:
Setup fee: $35 for a CD,
Setup fee: $9.95 for a single
Digital distribution setup is included
Commission Fee: 9% royalties
UPC & ISRC Codes:
UPC is $20 for a CD
UPC is $5 for a single
ISRC is free for both CD and single
Digital Distribution Included:
iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, Amazon MP3, Napster, Verizon V-Cast, Liquid Digital Media, PayPlay, AudioLunchbox, GroupieTunes, Ruckus
CD Baby Requirements & Recommendations
Album Cover: CD Baby requires a 1000px x 1000px album cover image that is in .jpeg format. Also, be sure that your album cover displays the artist’s name, as well as the CD album’s name, or if you are submitting just a single, include the single’s name.
Music Format: CD Baby recommends you submit your music files in .wav format. They will accept .mp3 format, but highly discourage it. If your music is already in .mp3 format, there are many free .mp3 to .wav converters out on the web available for download for both PC and Apple computers.
Confirmation: After you complete your application for your CD or single, CD Baby will email you in a day or two and ask you to confirm all the information you submitted for your CD or single. Be sure that you take the time to make sure your music track/s are spelled correctly as well as your name of your CD or single. However, if you mistakenly not notice a mistake and CD Baby submits your music, CD Baby will be more than happy to work with you to get the problem resolved even after your CD or single is on iTunes for example.
My Quick Review For CD Baby
I personally made a huge mistake on my first attempt to submit my CD album at CD Baby, and it was clearly my fault and not the fault of CD Baby. However, Chipp and Tyler, CD Baby support representatives, were more than happy to help resolve my problem. So far I am very pleased with CD Baby’s quick affordable service as well as their customer support.
My First Submitted CD Album
Here is a link to my submitted album that is now in the iTunes store: Robert Smith – New Beginning