How do Artists Make Money from iTunes?
HOW TO GET YOUR MUSIC ON ITUNES
Use Spinnup to upload, distribute and sell your music on iTunes, giving you a direct line to your fans and reaching millions and millions of Apple’s music customers around the world.
As an iTunes Music Aggregator Spinnup makes it easy for you to get your songs out there, connect with Universal Music’s top industry scouts, manage your sales and track your success.
We’re experts at uploading music to iTunes. We can make sure everything is correctly formatted and delivered to Apple’s strict specifications.
And don’t worry – we’ll make sure that all the money you earn from selling your music goes straight to you. Just to be clear: we don’t keep any of the money you earn.
CAN I REALLY GET A RECORD DEAL JUST BY PUTTING MY MUSIC ON ITUNES?
With Spinnup you can. That’s because we have a close relationship with Universal Music. They track artists through our portal and regularly offer record deals to our artists.
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Everything you need to know about selling your music on iTunes
WHY DO I NEED TO HAVE MY MUSIC ON ITUNES?
Since its launch in 2001 the iTunes Store has become the leading digital media retailer in the world, selling everything from music, movies and TV shows to apps, games and books. Most importantly for you, iTunes is the number one store worldwide for digital music.
As Apple says, it has everything you want and so much you didn’t even know you wanted.
WHAT’S ITUNES RADIO?
The iTunes Store sells your music via downloads, whereas iTunes Radio is a streaming radio-like service. When you upload your tracks to iTunes, Apple automatically makes them available on iTunes Radio. You will receive a share of iTunes Radio’s advertising revenue based on how often your tracks are streamed.
WHICH IS BETTER, ITUNES OR SPOTIFY?
If you’re an unsigned artist looking to get your music out there then you need to think about having your music on every platform available.
That’s why Spinnup uploads your music to all streaming and download platforms, not just iTunes and Spotify but Deezer, Google Play, Amazon, Tidal, Rhapsody and Apple Music too.
ARE ITUNES AND APPLE MUSIC THE SAME?
They are very tightly integrated and connected but there are important differences. The iTunes store sells permanent digital downloads, whereas Apple Music is a service that combines on-demand music streaming services with curated radio stations covering all the main genres. Apple Music’s costs vary by country (e.g. in the US the cost is $9.99 per month after a 3 month free-trial membership). Apple Music is available in over 100 countries, the iTunes Store in over 120.
But you don’t need to worry if you’re using Spinnup. We’ll put your music on every single major platform out there, so you’ll only have to upload your tracks with us once.
WHAT’S ITUNES CONNECT?
This is a tool used by developers to manage content sold on the iTunes Store and other Apple platforms such as the App Store. As an artist it isn’t something you’ll need to worry about.
HOW MUCH WILL ITUNES CHARGE MY FANS TO BUY MY MUSIC?
The decision on what price to sell downloads on the iTunes Store is made by Apple, and prices are set on a country-by-country basis. The typical price for tracks distributed by Spinnup in the US store for example has been $9.99 for an album or $0.99 for a single release. A single is defined as a track that’s less than 10 minutes long.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY MUSIC ON ITUNES?
We aim to have your music online within 24 hours, however Apple can sometimes take between 24 and 72 hours to put releases live so we recommend that you upload your music with plenty of time to spare, to avoid disappointing your fans.
WHY WOULD I USE SPINNUP WHEN UPLOADING TO ITUNES IS FREE?
Spinnup allows you to upload your tracks and artwork to just one place, giving you a dashboard so you can monitor your downloads and streams across every online music platform. You’ll also have a profile on Spinnup that can be viewed by Universal’s music scouts. No other music distribution service works in partnership with record companies such as Universal Music and Island Records and has a direct line into their A&R departments.