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iTunes Guidelines Update: What you need to know.

We all know that if there is one thing Apple is known for, it’s their sleek, perfected design and iTunes is no different! In order to keep up their impeccable appearances they set certain style guidelines that we, as a distributor, and you, as an artist, have to uphold.

We are sure this is nothing new to many of you, however they have recently taken their stylistic preferences up a notch, and this is something that you all need to be prepared for.

As of the 2nd of July iTunes will make these key Style Guide Changes:

Cover art needs to be a minimum resolution of 3000×3000 pixels
 Side by side translations are no longer allowed for any track or release names
 Special characters and emojis are no longer allowed in track titles or artist names

To make sure the new style guidelines don’t cause too much of a headache when creating your next release, take a look at our handy tips below:

  • Don’t just resize or stretch the cover art as this will make the image pixelated and our team will have to reject your release.
  • You don’t have to splurge on the greatest graphic kits to make great artwork, if you are struggling to create a design Adobe Spark is the perfect tool to use, as you can customise the size to 3000×3000 pixels

Adobe Spark

  • If you are struggling to find the perfect image, Freepik and Unsplash, have plenty of free images to use

Freepik

Unsplash

  • Just because special characters and emojis can’t be used doesn’t mean your name can’t be unusual, for tips on how to create the perfect artist name see the below blog post

Blog: The Importance Of Having a Unique Artist Name

  • For more information, take a look at the iTunes Style Guide where you can search for anything you are unsure of

iTunes Style Guide

Other Useful Blog Posts:

Blog: What Makes Good Artwork: A Study

Blog: It’s Not All About The Music You Know, Package Your Release Better

Blog: The Importance Of Having a Unique Artist Name

If you have any other concerns regarding these new changes then please do not hesitate to contact our support team who will always be on hand to help at support@spinnup.com