Managing Your Music See all 20 articles

  • My music is mixed up with another artist's music

    Streaming services sometimes group artists together who have the same (or similar) names, or create a new artist page instead of using your existing page. DistroKid's fixer tool can help!

    Before we can submit a separation request...

    We need to determine whose artist page is whose. Head over to the page where your music is currently being hosted. Check to make sure you have the earliest release on the artist pages in services where you are experiencing mis-mapped releases.

    If you do not have the oldest release on your page...

    This indicates that you were accidentally mapped to another user's page and you can actually use the fixer to request a new page! Here's how to request a new artist page:

    1. Visit https://distrokid.com/fixer
    2. Select "My music is on the incorrect page"
    3. Select the service where you are incorrectly mapped
      • Please submit multiple requests if it's wrong in more than one service
      • If your release is incorrectly mapped in Spotify or Apple Music / iTunes, skip to step 5
    4. Select the release that is incorrectly mapped
    5. Select the Artist that is incorrectly mapped
      • If your release is incorrectly mapped in Spotify or Apple Music / iTunes, skip to step 7
    6. Add a link to the incorrectly mapped release
    7. Select whether or not you have a pre-existing artist page for the specified service
      • Selecting "No" will send a request to create a new artist page for your music
      • Selecting "Yes" will send a request to map your releases to the specified artist page
    8. Click "Finished", and you're done!

    If you do have the oldest release on your page...

    1. Visit https://distrokid.com/fixer
    2. Select "Someone else's music is incorrectly on my page"
    3. Select the service where an artist's music has been incorrectly mapped to your page
      • For Amazon, Spotify, Tidal and Pandora, you can follow up with those services directly via the links on the fixer, as those services handle these types of artist separation requests on their end.
      • Please submit multiple requests if it's wrong in more than one service
    4. Enter the link to your artist page on the service you selected
    5. Enter the links to all the releases that have been incorrectly mapped to your artist page.
    6. Click "Finished", and you're done!

    How long will it take for services to fix my mapping issues

    Services typically process these requests within several days, but it can sometimes take several weeks to complete them. We won't get notification if/when it's done, so the best thing to do is just keep checking the store when you have the chance.

    Note: Some stores are also capable of directly helping with mapping issues, such as Spotify and Amazon.

    You can submit these requests directly through Spotify for Artists, as well as Amazon Music for Artists.

    Click here for more information on how to get access to Spotify for Artists, and click here for more information on how to access Amazon Music for Artists.

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  • How can I be sure my music is being sent to the correct Spotify / Apple Music page?

    We totally get it: you have set up everything about your release to be perfect, but on release date, you find out your music is on another artist's profile. 😱😭

    This is one of the most frustrating thing artists face in the modern landscape of streaming services. While DistroKid has set up a bunch of tools to try and get the artist page mapping correct on the first try, ultimately mapping is not something your distributor has direct control over as it is handled by services.

    THAT BEING SAID, DistroKid has ALSO built some tools to help you verify your music is on the right page after submission.

    To check which profiles your release will be mapped to on release day prior to your release date, you can simply request your URIs or Apple IDs using DistroKid's Spotify URI and Apple ID Looker Upper Tools! You can find these tools at the following links...

    Spotify URI Looker-Upper: https://distrokid.com/uri/spotify

    Apple ID Looker-Upper: https://distrokid.com/uri/apple

    Let's try it out with the Spotify URI Looker Upper tool. First head over to https://distrokid.com/uri/spotify. Then, select your release from the drop down menu. I only have one release on this account so it has already been selected. Note that if you are not seeing a release, it's possible that we may not have delivered it to Spotify quite yet, please check back tomorrow!

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    After you have selected your release, go ahead and click on the "What's the Spotify URI" button. If your release has already been ingested by Spotify, you should see your album, track, and artist URIs

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    If you have multiple artists on your release you are trying to confirm are headed to the correct profiles, not to worry! All artist profiles and their roles will be listed under the "Artist:" section. Check it out!

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    If your release hasn't been ingested by Spotify yet, you will likely come across this screen:

    Not to worry! It generally takes a day or so for Spotify to ingest releases. Your URI information will be available in the next day or so!

    If this is the case, check back in the next few days. Spotify will have likely ingested your release and it will be available for URI request on this page

    Once you have located your artist URIs / Apple IDs via the looker upper tools, make sure those artist profiles match your existing profiles in stores. You can do this by following the URLs provided on the looker upper pages, or by entering the URI directly into the Spotify search. 

    If your profiles match, woohoo!! Everything has been mapped correctly, and you should be all set for release day. 

    If they aren't mapped correctly, you can visit https://distrokid.com/fixer to submit a request to create a new page if needed, or move your work to your existing page if services didn't get it right off the bat. For more information on our Fixer Tool, click here.

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  • What Are URIs And How Do I Use Them?

    What the heck is a URI?

    URI stands for Uniform Resource Indicator. It is effectively an identifier of a specific or element. In Spotify's case, URIs are used to indicate Artists, Tracks, Albums, Playlists, Songwriters, Users, and more! Apple has a similar resource indicator called Apple IDs that function much the same way.

    How do I use URIs?

    Artists can need URIs / resource identifiers for a variety of reasons. To name a few examples, sometimes blogs and radio stations might ask for your Track URI for your new single before release date so that they can add it to their playlists on release date immediately.

    Additionally, Artist URIs can also be used in mapping requests so that distributors like DistroKid can request particular releases be mapped to your correct artist page.

    In these and many more ways URIs can be useful in your own career. 

    How do I find my URI?

    You can use our Spotify URI and Apple ID Looker Upper Tools! You can find them at the following links...

    Spotify URI Looker-Upper: https://distrokid.com/uri/spotify

    Apple ID Looker-Upper: https://distrokid.com/uri/apple

    ...or by finding the links on DistroKid's Features Menu features_menu_icon.jpg, under the Goodies section. Click on Features Menu in the upper right corner of your DistroKid dashboard, scroll down to the Goodies section and click on the "Helpful when needed" menu. From there you will find the Looker-Upper tools!

     

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  • How do I find my music on Instagram?

    Here's how to find your music on Instagram:

    • Go to your Instagram profile, and click on the + button in the top right corner.
    • Choose Story from the list of options.

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    • You'll need to start creating a story, either by selecting an image or video from your camera roll or by clicking the 'create' button.
    • Click on the sticker icon on the top of your screen

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    • Click on Music

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    • From there you can search by artist name, track title, or even ISRC number! (This is particularly helpful if you are having trouble finding your release searching by artist name or title.)
    • To search by ISRC, enter ISRC: in the search field followed by your ISRC number. (Note: You can find your ISRC's to the right of track titles on the album pages of your DistroKid dashboard.)

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    This should pull up any release that is correctly in their system, even if search results aren’t finding it by title.

    Keep in mind, store searches are based on a number of things that we have no control over. The more your fans search for and play your album, the more likely it is to start appearing higher up in searches.
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  • How Do I Get My Song Linked to My Instagram Profile?

    For new releases, you can enter your Instagram and Facebook profile information to link your tracks to your profiles. For more information on linking new releases, please check out this article.

    For existing releases, please reach out to us directly to submit a request to have your music linked to your Instagram profile.

    Once we receive the request, we can send an update to Instagram directly to have your existing content linked to your profile. 

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  • How Do I Find My Artist/Album Page in Each Streaming Service?

    It's generally possible to search for your releases in various platforms without having to setup a paid account in every single one. Below are some helpful links you can use to find your releases!

    Each service may be a little different, but typically you can search for your artist name, navigate to your artist page, and then copy the URL. Happy searching!

    P.S. If you find you're on the wrong artist page, or another artist is on your page, head over to https://distrokid.com/fixer and we'll help get that cleared up!

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  • I Can't Find My Music in Streaming Services by Searching

    If you searched by artist name or release title and still cannot find your music, it is likely that one of the following has occurred: 

      • Your Music may not be live yet. For more information about how long it takes a release to make it into services and go live, click here.
      • Services are still indexing your artist name. Until your name is indexed, it may not appear in search, despite your music being live. Services handle this internally (we don't control search results), but it shouldn't take too long for them to index your name shortly after your release is live. This generally happens if this is the first time using your artist name.
      • Your release title is too common. If you have a common song or album title, such as "Home," it may not show in search results at the top, if other releases are very popular in rank.


    Music Missing in Instagram more than three weeks after submission?

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  • My Music was Live in Instagram And Now It's Gone

    This can occasionally happen when you upload an album that includes singles where the album has a release date later than the singles. The most recent release date per track is what Instagram looks at, so it's likely those previously live singles simply had their release date overwritten by the album release date on Instagram's end.

    To get this fixed up, please submit an Instagram Resubmission Request here:
    Instagram Resubmissions Form

    For future reference, you can avoid this by uploading the album before the singles, or by making a request to "update" the release date for the singles in DistroKid to their original release dates after uploading an album that includes those singles on it. 

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  • Why Do My "Featured Artists" Look Different in Spotify vs Apple Music, vs Other Streaming Services?

    Each streaming service has their own style guide--the way in which they show information. 

    When you upload music to DistroKid, we reformat the data & deliver it separately to each services, complying with each services' style guide.

    Below is an example of how featured artists look differently in Apple Music vs Spotify.

    Apple Music: 


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    Spotify: 

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  • My Release Hasn't Been Detected in Spotify/iTunes/Apple Music

    It can take up to a week or so for your first DistroKid upload to go live in all streaming services. (For more information about the time it takes for releases to go live to streaming services, please check out the FAQ article, here

    Even after your release has gone live, it may require some additional processing time before DistroKid detects your release(s) in streaming services. That said, you can still access your Spotify links prior to release by visiting https://distrokid.com/uri. Check it out!!

    If you're trying to instantly verify your Spotify for Artists Profile and you see a message saying that your release has not yet been detected, please try again later or verify directly through Spotify the old fashioned way. 🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽

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  • My Release Just Went Live, But One of the Tracks is Missing/Grayed Out

    Sometimes stuff will appear in streaming services before it has fully processed. If you’re ever worried about something, we recommend giving it 48-72 hours or so to sort itself out.

    From the time you upload, it can take 1-2 business days for your release to be reviewed, approved, and sent to streaming services. Then the streaming services have additional processing time on their end before they push your release live.

    For more information about the time it takes for releases to go live to streaming services once approved, please check out the FAQ article here.

    Delays are rare, but they do happen, and are often out of our control. Please double check this article in regard to release dates--Particularly the "Note" section.

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  • My Stats Disappeared!

    DistroKid's Musician Plus and Ultimate accounts give you access to Estimated Daily Stats from Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Amazon.

    Sometimes, the numbers in Daily Stats differ somewhat from the figures shown in your monthly earnings statements. They may even drop to zero on occasion. Have no fear! ​That's normal, usual, and nothing to be concerned about.

    It's generally an issue with how the streaming services are reporting to DistroKid (API), and these types of issues generally clear up within 24 hours or so.

    Also, it's important to remember that estimated stats come from a completely different system than earnings reports, and any fluctuations will have absolutely no effect on your actual earnings from streams/sales.

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Everything Spotify See all 17 articles

  • Don’t Put Your Music At Risk

    A message from Spotify:

    Don't Put Your Music At Risk

    As your trusted partner, we wanted to take a moment to warn you about some deceptive advertisements we’ve recently seen for illegitimate music promotion services.

    Third parties that promise playlist placements or a specific number of streams in exchange for compensation are likely using illegitimate practices without your knowledge. These services can threaten your hard work, resulting in the potential withholding of streams or royalties, or even complete removal of your catalog from streaming services.

    Our streaming partners work diligently to ensure streams are legitimate, meaning they reflect genuine user listening intent. If a service finds that you (or a third party hired by you or on your behalf) have boosted play counts through any automated, deceptive, fraudulent or other invalid means (digital bots, “click farms”, payment for placement on playlists, etc.), the service may permanently remove your entire catalog.

    If you’re in the market for a music promotion service, make sure to do your research before you hire them.

    https://artists.spotify.com/help/article/third-party-services-that-guarantee-streams

    https://artists.spotify.com/blog/what-is-artificial-streaming-the-latest-episode-of-the-game-plan-explains

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  • How Do I Find My Spotify URIs?

    Your Spotify URI is a unique identifier Spotify assigns to every artist, album, and track. If you need to find yours for any reason, here's how!

    If you have uploaded a release via DistroKid and need to grab your Artist, Album, or Track URI, you can use DistroKid's URI Looker Upper! Check it out here: https://distrokid.com/uri

    Here is quick video rundown of how our URI Looker Upper Tool works:

    Note that for super recent uploads, you may need to wait a day or two for a URI to populate.

    If you need a URI for a release that you didn't upload through DistroKid, follow these steps in the Spotify Desktop application (not the web version):

    1. Click to the three dots next to the artist name/album/track title
    2. Click 'Share'
    3. Click 'Copy Spotify URI' from the second menu

    To grab URI directly from Spotify, hold down the option key on Mac or the alt key on Windows when hovering over the share menu. 

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    You can also convert Spotify URLs to URIs easily, as the URI and URL utilize the same internal code! Check it out:

    URI:  spotify:artist:EXAMPLE
    URL: https://open.spotify.com/artist/EXAMPLE

    Both links share the same ID: EXAMPLE

    The only difference is the prefix:

    https://open.spotify.com/artist/ vs spotify:artist:

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  • How Do I Claim My Spotify for Artists Profile Prior to My First Release?

    It's totally possible to claim your Spotify for Artists profile prior to your first ever release with a given artist name. In order to make sure you have enough time to claim your profile, make sure to upload your music at least four weeks in advance of the release date.

    Once you have uploaded your music to DistroKid and you can see that it has been successfully sent off to services, we will need to locate your Spotify Artist URI. Great news! DistroKid has a tool for that!

    DistroKid's Spotify Looker Upper Tool

    To check which Spotify Artist Profile your release will be mapped to on release day prior to your release date, you can simply request your URIs via DistroKid's Spotify URI Looker Upper Tool! 

    Spotify URI Looker-Upper: https://distrokid.com/uri/spotify

    When you are on the Spotify URI looker-upper, select your release from the drop down menu. I only have one release on this account so it has already been selected. Note that if you are not seeing a release, it's possible that we may not have delivered it to Spotify quite yet, please check back tomorrow!

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    After you have selected your release, go ahead and click on the "What's the Spotify URI" button. If your release has already been ingested by Spotify, you should see your album, track, and artist URIs

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    If you have multiple artists on your release you are trying to claim profiles for, not to worry! All artist profiles and their roles will be listed under the "Artist:" section. Check it out!

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    If your release hasn't been ingested by Spotify yet, you will likely come across this screen:

    Not to worry! It generally takes a day or so for Spotify to ingest releases. Your URI information will be available in the next day or so!

    If this is the case, check back in the next few days. Spotify will have likely ingested your release and it will be available for URI request on this page

    I have my Spotify Artist URI... now what?

    Once you get your Artist URI, you'll need to visit https://artists.spotify.com/claim to claim your page directly through Spotify. You should come to a screen like this: 
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    Select "Artist or manager" to continue to claim your profile. 
    Next, Spotify will ask you to log in. You need to have at least a free Spotify account to use Spotify for Artists. Go ahead and log in or sign up. spotify_login.png
    Once logged in, you should be presented with this page:
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    Click continue to move on to the page where you will input your Spotify Artist URI. You will be presented with a page that has a search bar in the center. Enter your Spotify Artist URI that you grabbed from the looker upper tool in this box. spotify_artist_uri.png

    If you grabbed your URI and attempted to claim your profile all within one or two days, you may get a notification on this page that there were "No results for [your Artist URI]"

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    If you get this message, its likely that Spotify hasn't had enough time to get this artist profile created for you, even though your release has already been ingested. 

    Try again in a day or so, and it should work just fine.

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  • My Spotify Release is Missing From My Artist Page

    There was an issue that may have prevented your release from being on the correct artist page.


    The good news is that there's an easy fix!

    You can head to https://distrokid.com/fixer and enter your correct Spotify Artist URI to lock that into your account and ensure that all previous and future uploads are mapped to the correct artist page.


    Even if your release has already been moved to the correct page, following the steps below will ensure that all of your existing and future uploads are put on the same artist page.

    Step 1: Find your Spotify Artist URI

    • Click the three dots under your artist name on your correct artist page
    • Go to the Share menu
    • Select 'Copy Spotify URI' from the second menu

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    Note:If you're on Spotify's Desktop application, you'll see that the sharing options in the context menu have been reduced to Copy Link and Copy embed code. You can still copy Spotify URIs if you hold down the modifier key (Alt/Ctrl) in the share menu:

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    Step 2: Head to https://distrokid.com/fixer

    With your correct URI, you can use DistroKid's Fixer tool to make sure all of your music is mapped to the correct artist page.


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    There's no need to specify an individual release, as this will ensure that ALL releases from the same artist are mapped correctly to the right URI.

    Spotify typically takes up to 5 days to process these requests.

    Note: If you've previously made a request to see your URI at https://distrokid.com/uri/spotify, that page will not update, even after Spotify has mapped your music to the correct URI. Nothing to worry about!

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  • Why do I not see my release under upcoming in Spotify?

    In order for your release to show up under upcoming in your Spotify for Artists account it will need to be in Spotify's system at least one week before the release date.

    We recommend uploading your release to DistroKid at least two weeks prior to your release date if you want a song to be available to pitch to Spotify's editors for playlist consideration.*

    If you've uploaded your release with a future release date and it's still not showing up under upcoming it could be a mapping issue, where your music is mixed up with another artist's music.

    If services ever put anything on the wrong page, you can always use our fixer tool to get things mapped correctly, but you can also reach out to us via our contact form with a link to your Spotify Artist URI and we can check to make sure that Spotify has your upcoming release(s) mapped to the correct page.

    You also can’t pitch if you’re a featured artist on the song, so if it's a collaboration make sure you are listed as a primary artist on the release.

    Check out this article for more info on how to setup a collaboration.

    *Note: You have to have a Plus or Ultimate subscription in order to setup custom, future release dates.

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  • Upload Your Music to Spotify

    Uploading your music and getting paid from Spotify through DistroKid is super easy. In fact, we're one of Spotify's preferred partners!

    In addition to making it easy to get your music on Spotify, DistroKid also makes it incredibly easy to receive earnings from Spotify! You'll keep 100% of your revenue from Spotify (and all other store partners we work with!) when using DistroKid. 

    To get started:
    1. Create a DistroKid account!

    2. Select your preferred DistroKid subscription plan! Keep in mind, the Musician Plus and Ultimate plans come with tons of awesome features, including daily stats and custom release dates.

    3. Head to the upload form to upload your work! On the upload form, just make sure that Spotify is selected from our list of partners.

    4. Once your music has been listed and is live on Spotify, you can verify and access your Spotify for Artists account from within your DistroKid account too!

    That's it. It really is that easy!

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Everything Apple/iTunes See all 8 articles

  • Why Can't I Change My Artist Name/Rebrand on iTunes & Apple Music?

    Rebranding & Apple Music

    Due to Apple policy changes, Apple is no longer accepting name change requests under any circumstance. The first name that is submitted to Apple on a release will be the name that is permanently associated with this release.

    Contacting Apple about this will not result in your name change being processed.

    If you would no longer like your release on Apple under the name you originally submitted with, you can request to remove your release from Apple by following these instructions.

    If you've requested a name change and upload with the new artist name, releases in Apple can still be sent to your old page. To request a new page in Apple, you can reach out to us before uploading a new release and we'll help request a new artist page for your next upload.

    If you remove your release and resubmit the same release under a different name than your original name, Apple will remove your release from their service. 

    However, you can still upload any new releases under a new name!

    If you requested a name change before June 8th, 2023:

    Previously, Apple agreed to process name changes that were submitted to DistroKid prior to June 8th, 2023. You may have seen communication from us indicating that your name change is in queue to be processed.

    Apple has amended their policy and will no longer be accepting those name change requests. 

    Rest assured that you can use your new artist name on any new releases you upload to your DistroKid account. 

    "I reached out to Apple and they said that DistroKid can update my name, what gives?"

    If you reached out to Apple about your name change (as mentioned earlier this will not result in your name change being processed), they may have directed you back to us indicating that we facilitate metadata update requests as your distributor.

    As your distributor, we do facilitate metadata updates! However, DistroKid can only update metadata in ways that align with Apple’s formatting rules, and the current policy is that artist names cannot be changed on previously distributed content. 

    You can still update your artist name on your previously distributed content for other stores, and distribute new content to Apple under your new name. 

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  • How Do I Set Up Pre-Add on Apple Music?

    Pre-adds allows your fans to listen to one or more songs on Apple Music from an Album or EP before it is available for sale on iTunes. Bonus points, this also automatically adds the Album or EP to their library once it is available for sale.

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    Pre-add is only available for EPs and Albums where at least one track has been opted into Instant Gratification. For more information on Apple's requirements for pre-add, check out this article: https://itunespartner.apple.com/music/articles/rights-and-pricing_pre-adds-for-apple-music

    For more information on how to opt into an Instant Gratification track on iTunes (which you need to do in order to use pre-add) check out this article: https://support.distrokid.com/hc/en-us/articles/360013647873

    ROCK ON 🤘🏼

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  • My Album in iTunes Says "The Item You've Requested Is Not Currently Available in the U.S. Store."

    Congrats! This means that your album has been successfully delivered to iTunes, and they're in the process of making it live in all iTunes stores across the world. Albums sometimes go live in your country after a few hours, and sometimes a few days. Only thing to do now is wait.

    There's nothing else DistroKid needs to do at this point, as your album is safely in Apple's hands now. 

    A note regarding pre-orders on iTunes:

    iTunes links default to Apple Music on mobile, where the release won't be available until the actual release date.

    You'll still be able to find your pre-order in the mobile and desktop versions of iTunes, though.

    You can also try adding ?app=itunes to the end of your iTunes link, which may help force mobile devices to check iTunes directly, rather than Apple Music.

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  • How Do I Find My Apple Artist URL?

    Your Apple Artist ID is a unique identifier Apple assigns to every artist. When uploading a new release to DistroKid, you may be asked to enter your "Apple Artist URL."

    If you have uploaded a release via DistroKid and need to grab your Artist, Album, or Track Apple IDs, you can use DistroKid's URI Looker Upper!

    Here's a quick video rundown of how to utilize our Looker Upper tool to find your Apple IDs and URLs on any of your releases:

     

    If you are switching to DistroKid from another distributor, here's how to find it within Apple Music or iTunes:

    1. Open the Apple Music / iTunes app
    2. Search for your artist name in Music / iTunes using the search bar
    3. Click the "..." to the right of the artist name
    4. Click "Share"
    5. Click "Copy Link"

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    That's it! You can now go back to DistroKid's upload form and paste in this URL.

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  • What are the Audio Badges on Apple Music? How do I get those?

    Apple offers a variety of audio formats and quality standards that they indicate to listeners using various badges. Let's take a look at what each badge means and how you can qualify your music for Apple's listening features and standards.

    Lossless Audio

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    For much of music streaming history, audio had to be compressed so that the large file sizes of the audio files could be played back in realtime on slower connections. As mobile internet has gotten faster, and bandwidth has increased, services have been able to offer uncompressed, full quality masters for your listening enjoyment! The Lossless Audio badge on Apple Music indicates that you are listening to an effectively uncompressed audio file that delivers the full fidelity of the original recording exactly as the artist, mixing engineers, and mastering engineers intended. 

    How do I get the Lossless Audio badge on Apple Music?

    It's simple! Absolutely every release that is delivered to Apple with a lossless codec is opted in automatically to Lossless Audio playback and will have the Lossless badge. All you need to do is upload a lossless audio file format to DistroKid when you upload your music. Lossless file formats include: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF

    Hi-Res Lossless

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    Remember all that stuff about lossless audio? Well Hi-Res Lossless audio is just that but even more hi resolution. This badge lets listeners know that the audio file they are hearing is at least 24bit and has a sample rate higher than 48khz! Talk about hi-def!

    How do I get the Hi-Res Lossless Audio badge on Apple Music?

    The same as with Lossless Audio, every release that is delivered to Apple with a lossless codec is opted in automatically to Lossless Audio playback and will have the Lossless badge. To get the "Hi-Res" designation, all you need to do is upload a hi resolution lossless audio file format to DistroKid when you upload your music. In order to be considered "Hi-Res", your lossless audio file must be at least 24bit and have a sample rate higher than 48khz. You can use the same lossless audio formats: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, AIFF

    Dolby Atmos

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    You have heard of stereo, but have you heard of... ULTRA STEREO? 

    ...nah, but for real, Dolby Atmos is a new audio playback format that creates a three-dimensional, immersive sound experience. You can read more about Dolby Atmos here:  https://support.distrokid.com/hc/en-us/articles/4403029574675

    How do I get the Dolby Atmos badge on Apple Music?

    In order to get the Dolby Atmos badge, you first have to upload a compatible Dolby Atmos mix for your work. You can learn how to create a Dolby Atmos mix of your music here: https://support.distrokid.com/hc/en-us/articles/4405783945363

    Once you have a Dolby Atmos mix, it's easy to upload your Dolby Atmos content to DistroKid. Artists can add a Dolby Atmos version of their mix per track for $26.99 each - it will be available on supported devices and streaming services including Apple Music and TIDAL. Just make sure to select "Yes" under the "Dolby Atmos/Spatial audio" section of the upload form.

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    Apple Digital Masters

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    Apple Digital Masters (formerly 'Mastered for iTunes') allows you to deliver high-resolution masters with the highest quality audio to Apple. You can learn more about it here:  https://support.distrokid.com/hc/en-us/articles/360013534534

    How do I get the Apple Digital Master badge on Apple Music?

    If you already have your music mastered via an approved Apple Digital Masters mastering house, let us know by selecting "Apple Digital Masters (MFiT)" on our contact form, and we can enable you to upload this audio with the Apple Digital Masters designation. 

     

     

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  • Does DistroKid Support Apple Digital Masters?

    Yes!

    Apple Digital Masters (formerly 'Mastered for iTunes') allows you to deliver high-resolution masters with the highest quality audio to Apple. 

    Make sure your audio is a 24-bit resolution WAV file, with a sample rate of 44.1kHz or higher. By encoding from high-resolution masters, Apple music engineers are able to capture all of the detail of a recording in a size that is convenient for streaming and downloading. Using 24-bit files means less noise and higher encoding efficiency, making your uploads virtually indistinguishable from the original master recordings.
    To enable Apple Digital Masters on your account, click here.

    Once enabled, you'll be asked to enter the email address of your Apple-approved Apple Digital Masters mastering house on the upload form. The email address must be on Apple's list of approved mastering houses in order for your release to be labelled an Apple Digital Master. For more information, see Apple's article here.

    Note: All former Mastered for iTunes songs will continue to be available under the Apple Digital Masters program

     

     

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Everything YouTube See all 17 articles

  • How Do I Get an Official Artist Channel on YouTube?

    Claiming your Official Artist Channel on YouTube is quick and easy when you use DistroKid.

    How to claim your YouTube Official Artist Channel:

    1. Make sure you already have a channel dedicated to your content as an artist on YouTube, and that this channel has artist content uploaded to it. If not, please create one, and name it after your artist name.* 

      Note you cannot apply for a blank, new channel to be designated as an Official Artist Channel. If there is no existing, independent content on that channel (at least one YouTube video, YouTube Shorts do not count), the request will not go through.

    2. Make sure your artist has at least one release that has selected "YouTube Music" as a streaming service within DistroKid.

    3. Go to the YouTube Official Artist Channel section of your DistroKid account. To get there:

      - Click the DistroKid Features Menu in the upper right features_menu_icon.jpg
      - Select "Special access"
      - Select  "YouTube Official Artist Channel"

    4. Select the artist you want to associate with your YouTube channel.

    5. Authenticate into your YouTube account.

    6. Claim your channel!

    7. Done!

    *A few notes:

    • You can only link one artist to a YouTube account. A label channel cannot be converted to an Official Artist Channel.
    • Your personal Channel name must match your artist name in order to apply for an OAC.
    • The entirety of applying for an Official Artist Channel is generally quick, though it can take anywhere from a few days, to a few weeks. Please allow up to 6 weeks for your channel to be designated as an Official Artist Channel. 
    • OAC requests cannot be undone or transferred to a new channel

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    Once your Official Artist Channel is approved, you'll have access to some exciting new features on YouTube, including:

    • Increased visibility through YouTube search
    • Access to artist specific tools and analytics in YouTube Studio
    • The ability to update your YouTube Music pic & bio
    • Exclusive access to data and analytics through YouTube Analytics for Artists
    • A verified music note next to your channel name

    Here’s a video from YouTube with some additional info about what it means when DistroKid helps you qualify for an Official Artist Channel:

    Enjoy!

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  • Why Was My YouTube Art Track Replaced with a Video?

    An "Art Track" on YouTube is auto-generated by uploading your release to YouTube Music. These are static videos that show the image artwork with the track's audio.

    A "user-uploaded" video is any video uploaded to a channel created through YouTube. These channels are separate from the "Topic" channels that are auto-generated by YouTube Music.

    Sometimes, YouTube Music will automatically replace Art Tracks with a user-uploaded video that contains the same audio. This might include an official music video, lyric video, or live performance.

    Users may be able to toggle between the Art Track and the user-uploaded video depending on their device and which app they are using. However, note that we are not able to separate these videos if YouTube has automatically merged them.

    When users watch the video within the release's YouTube Music album playlist, streaming revenue applies the same way it would for the Art Track.

    If the user watches the video from your "Uploads" section, it might not count as a  YouTube Music stream. However, you may be able to monetize the video if you have opted into Content ID for that release.

     

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  • What is YouTube Music?

    As an artist, if you distribute your work to YouTube via DistroKid, we send your work to YouTube Music. YouTube Music is a music streaming service.

    When you distribute your work to YouTube Music, your music also generates what are called Art Tracks, which are still image, audio only releases that populate a Topic Channel.

    Topic Channels show exactly what your YouTube Music Artist Profile has available for streaming. The only difference is that Topic Channels are available on YouTube's main website, whereas your artist profile is available on YouTube Music. 

    You're paid for each monetized play of your music. A "monetized" play is when YouTube displays an ad on the video, or when a YouTube Music paying subscriber listens (in which case you're paid, pro-rata, based on how much they're paying and what percentage of the time they listened to your tracks). 

    Delivering your music to YouTube Music also ensures that you are eligible to turn your own channel into an Official Artist Channel, which comes with a myriad of additional perks! You can read more about Official Artist Channel's here.

    YouTube Music is currently available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Canada, Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea, and will be available anywhere YouTube has a subscription music service as new territories are supported. If you're trying to play YouTube Music Art Track videos from outside of these supported territories, you may see a message that the content is not available.

    Here's some more information: 

    http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2014/11/youtube-music-2014.html

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/12/7201969/youtube-music-key-new-subscription-service

     

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  • Music I've Uploaded for YouTube Music Is Appearing in a YouTube Channel I Don't Recognize

    YouTube Music is YouTube's streaming service. DistroKid lets you easily add your music to YouTube Music - just select "YouTube Music" on DistroKid's upload form. When you upload to YouTube Music, your work will then appear on YouTube's main website under what is called a "Topic Channel".

    When you upload your music using DistroKid, you can also upgrade your personal YouTube channel that you own and operate for your artist project to an "Official Artist Channel". You can do this when you upload your next new release, or by going to the Official Artist Channel page in your DistroKid settings. Once you have an Official Artist Channel, all of your Topic Channel content will be linked to your own Official Artist Channel.

    If you don't have an Official Artist Channel, your YouTube Music content will still be available on YouTube, through the Topic Channel generated for you.

    There are 2 types of Topic Channels:

    • Personal Topic Channels: Many artists are automatically assigned a topic channel. This is usually your name, followed by  “-Topic”. For example, Drake - Topic. Note that this a different channel than his Official Artist Channel, Drake. Both of those channels contain his music.

      If you do not claim your Official Artist Channel, fans will be directed to your Topic Channel on YouTube.

    • Various Artists - Topic: Many times, YouTube adds artists' music to a channel called "Various Artists - Topic". This is usually for undiscovered artists with smaller play counts. When an artist becomes more popular, their music is often moved (by YouTube) to a hashtag channel.

    If you want your YouTube Music releases available on your own artist channel, as well as the topic channel, you'll want to request that your own channel (also known as an Owned and Operated Channel) be converted to an Official Artist Channel.

    Click here to learn more about how to claim your Official Artist Channel.






     

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  • What's the Difference Between Using DistroKid to Upload My Music to YouTube, Versus Uploading It to YouTube Directly?

    When you upload your music using DistroKid, your music will appear in YouTube Music (YouTube's streaming service) and on YouTube's main video website as Art Tracks.  Art Tracks will be placed on an auto-generated YouTube channel known as a Topic Channel. If you have an personal YouTube channel thats dedicated to your music on YouTube, then you can easily claim your Official Artist Channel by using DistroKid. Once you have an Official Artist Channel, all of your Art Tracks will be linked to your OAC and will display on both your OAC as well as the auto-generated Topic Channel.

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  • What is YouTube Content ID?

    YouTube Content ID is an annually charged DistroKid Album Extra that gets you paid when other people use your music in their YouTube videos.

    Here's how it works:

      • First, opt-into YouTube Content ID in the DistroKid upload form. You'll see pricing information there. Price is per release (album or single). You can also opt-in a release after it's been uploaded to DistroKid, if you prefer.
      • Once you've opted in, DistroKid will add your music to YouTube's Content ID database. This is YouTube's system that's able to identify when your music appears in any YouTube video. Here's a video that explains Content ID
      • When YouTube detects your music in a video, monetization (ads) will be turned-on for that video. If there is a text or banner ad on the YouTube video with your music in it and the watcher clicks on the text or banner, or if there is a commercial before or after the video and the watcher watches up to 30 seconds or the entire commercial, ad revenue is collected.
      • The ad revenue (minus 20%) will go to you, instead of the person who uploaded the video. These earnings will be shown in your DistroKid "Bank" tab.

    If you opt into YouTube Content ID but want to allow specific videos to use your music without Content ID claims, you can do so here.

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Everything TikTok See all 8 articles

  • Can DistroKid Distribute My Songs to TikTok?

    Yes! DistroKid was the first distributor to help artists get their releases uploaded to TikTok!

    Here's how to upload your work to TikTok, and what to expect once you have done so:

    • You can opt into distribution to TikTok in top section of the upload form, along with other stores and streaming services.
    • To add previously uploaded music to new stores, simply click "Add to more stores" on your album dashboard page. Once you have clicked this, you will be prompted with a list of stores that your music is not on from previous distribution. Select the stores you wish to add for distribution, and click "add."
    • Releases should go live and be searchable in the app within 1-3 weeks of being submitted via DistroKid. 
    • Your music can earn money when it’s included in a video by a TikTok user.
    • TikTok is not a music service where users can stream full-length music on-demand. Users can embed song clips into their videos.
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  • How Do I Get My Song Linked to My TikTok Profile?

    All Artists that distribute through DistroKid and have an Artist Account on TikTok can display their songs on their TikTok profile with TikTok's "Music Tab" feature. 

    How do I get set up?

    Head on over to TikTok's form here to get this feature added to your TikTok Artist account.

    How do I find a link to my TikTok Sound?

    Open TikTok, and then click on the "Search" feature. Then search for your Artist Name and Song Name. Then, on the top row that filters results, you should see an option that says "Sounds", click that and find your audio. You can then click the "Share" Icon in the upper right to copy your sound link:

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    Are there still qualifications to get the Music Tab?

    TikTok no longer requires an artist to have 10K followers or be verified to get the Music Tab. Please ensure your account is dedicated specifically your music and has your artist name listed.

    Please note that DistroKid does not have any control over TikTok’s eligibility requirements for Artist Account claiming and we do not have access to the status of these requests.

    Will other users Original Sounds be added to my music tab automatically?

    No, only officially delivered tracks. To claim an Original Sound that uses your song check out this article.

    Once I get the Music tab, will all my songs populate?

    Yes! All previously delivered tracks will appear, and all future releases will be automatically mapped. TikTok has also reported they are building a track removal feature to remove older track(s) removed from your music tab in the future.

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  • How Do I Claim My Song on TikTok if Someone Uses It as an Original Sound?

    Sometimes users upload sounds that contain music in their videos instead of using TikTok's built in music catalog. You can tell if a TikTok video uses an original sound instead of distributed music by clicking on the sound icon at the bottom left of any given TikTok video.

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    If your music has been used in an original sound on over 1000 videos, you can request to claim the original sound and merge it with your distributed release manually. At this time, TikTok will not accept claims on original sounds used in less than 1000 videos. You can find a link to the original sound page by tapping on the sound icon in the bottom left of the TikTok video and then tapping the share icon on the resulting page: 

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    Make sure you note the time range where your release appears in the original sound (e.g. 0:30-0:38), our agents will need this information to get your request sent off!

    If you are certain your music has been used in an original sound on over 1000 videos, you can submit a request to claim your song on TikTok by contacting us here

    Please note: This will not link the release to your TikTok profile. If you wish to have your releases on TikTok linked to your verified TikTok artist profile, please follow the steps here.

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  • What Stores Are Included In TikTok & Other ByteDance Stores?

    Distribution to TikTok & Other ByteDance Stores will make your music available on a variety of apps and services in the TikTok family. These services include: 

    • TikTok 
    • TikTok Music 
    • Luna
    • CapCut
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  • What is CapCut?

    CapCut is a free all-in-one video editor for everyone to create anything anywhere. CapCut users can create videos with a wide range of video editing tools. Similar to TikTok, CapCut allows users to select sounds for use in videos. Musicians earn royalties when their music is used in CapCut videos.

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  • How Do I Get My Music On CapCut?

    To get your music on CapCut, simply opt in to delivery to TikTok, TikTok Music, and Luna when uploading your music! Your music will then be automatically added to the CapCut library.

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Everything Anghami See all 4 articles

  • How Do I Find my Anghami URLs?

    It's easy to copy a link to your favorite tunes on Anghami. First, search for the song, album, or artist for which you wish to get the URL. Next...

    1. Click on the three dots next to the artist name/album/track title
    2. Click “Share”
    3. Click “Copy”

    Now you have the URL in your clipboard!

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  • How do I claim my Anghami profile?

    To claim your artist page on Anghami, please go to artists.anghami.com and follow the steps below:

    1. Go to artists.anghami.com,
    2. Click on ‘Claim your Profile’,
    3. Search for your Artist Name or using your Artist Link, click Go,
    4. Select it from the dropdown,
    5. Review your artist information and click Next,
    6. Enter your First Name and Last Name (as written on your passport),
    7. Enter your Email and Phone Number,
    8. Enter your Password (at least 6 characters and 2 numbers).
    9. You will receive an email verification in your inbox. Don’t forget to check your Spam folder as well. Click on the link inside it to verify your email,
    10. Enter the code you receive by SMS to verify your phone number,
    11. Click ‘Claim my Profile’.

    Your claim submission will be reviewed within 2 working days and you will be notified of your account status via email.

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  • How can I get a verified Anghami profile?

    You will get automatic verification when you claim your Anghami artist profile and create a dashboard account.

    Learn how to claim your Anghami profile here:
    https://support.anghami.com/hc/en-us/articles/1260806760170-How-to-claim-my-artist-profile

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  • How do I get on an Anghami Playlist?

    If you have an Anghami dashboard account, you can check out Anghami’s Playlist Pitching tool by logging in and going to Content Promotion > Pitch to Playlist, and selecting the track you would like to curate.

    Their team will check it out for possible curation and notify you via an automated email in case the song was added to one of Anghami’s playlists. 

    In case you don’t have a dashboard account, you can send your pitching request to artistsupport@anghami.com. 

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Everything Twitch See all 3 articles

  • Can DistroKid Get My Music on Twitch?

    Yes!

    We can distribute your work to Pretzel.

    Pretzel is a service that allow streamers to share music on stream. You can find more details and frequently asked questions about Pretzel here:
    https://help.pretzel.rocks/pretzel#faq

    If you want your work to be distributed to Pretzel, please reach out to us here, and we can enable Pretzel submissions on your account. You can request access to Pretzel by clicking on "My Music" on that contact form, and then select "Opt In Services".

    Pretzel also requires that artists fill out this form after their work has been submitted there, for full rights clearance.

    To send your music to Pretzel, just make sure "Pretzel" is selected on the DistroKid upload form.

    To add previous releases to Pretzel (after opting in):

    1. Sign into DistroKid
    2. Go to your album page
    3. Click your album (or single)
    4. Click "Add to more stores"
    5. Select "Pretzel" from the list that populates.

    Also! If you have a Twitch channel, you can link that channel to your DistroKid account. That way, Twitch will link to your Twitch channel (and your Spotify page) whenever your music is streamed. To do this, visit:
    http://distrokid.com/twitch-connect.

    Note:

    Twitch has informed DistroKid that Soundtrack by Twitch will be sunsetting on July 17th, 2023.

    At this time, all existing content will remain available for use through their service until July 17th, but no new content will be added to Soundtrack by Twitch. 

    As always, DistroKid pays out 100% of earnings, and we will continue to collect earnings on all content live on their service through their targeted sunset date of July 17th, 2023. 

     

     

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  • Connect with Fans on Twitch

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    DistroKid and Twitch have partnered to offer qualifying DistroKid artists more opportunities to grow their communities and earn money from music. Streaming on Twitch lets artists interact directly with their fans in a shared, live experience like nowhere else.

    Through our partnership, DistroKid artists have the opportunity to be considered for joining The Collective. Artists selected by Twitch for the program will get ongoing support from Twitch, and be eligible for prioritized discovery, promotion, and activations from Twitch, Discord, and other industry partners. 

    Twitch has all the info you need to go live, build your community and earn money doing what you love.

    Apply to join The Collective today!

    Notes: Currently, this program is only open to artists who live in the US or Canada and who are 18+.

    Need more help? Join the Twitch Music Assist community on Discord for advice from Twitch music creators on hardware, software and setting up your channel.

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  • Soundtrack by Twitch Sunset

    Twitch has informed DistroKid that Soundtrack by Twitch will be sunsetting on July 17th, 2023.

    At this time, all existing content will remain available for use through their service until July 17th, but no new content will be added to Soundtrack by Twitch. 

    As always, DistroKid pays out 100% of earnings, and we will continue to collect earnings on all content live on their service through their targeted sunset date of July 17th, 2023. 

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