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How do I put songs INTO the itunes store?

by Darayz / December 6, 2006 3:14 AM PST

A friend of mine asked whether he needed to be signed to a major label to have songs placed into the itunes store. All he wants is to get his stuff out into the public, and what place is better than the itunes store?

He already does the myspace music thing and although that is garnering him some success, he wants to get itunes exposure. He's even willing to place them in the store for free. I've looked all over itunes, but unless I'm blind and/or stupid, I couldn't find anything.

And on a related note, if one were to make one's own podcast, how does he or she get it onto itunes?

thanks in advance,
Darayz

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I'd start by emailing iTunes.
by Renegade Knight / December 6, 2006 4:03 AM PST

Emai them and ask. "How do I get my songs listed on iTunes? I am wanting the exposure and willing to list them as free."

Simple enough. Keep in mind that you are competing with all the other garage bands looking for thier big break in the digial frontier. Getting noticed on the internet is as much about luck and antics, as it ever was.

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Don't get hung up on names
by CordovaCaddes / December 6, 2006 4:45 AM PST

If your friend is "willing to place them in the store for free", then you can release the music as a podcast. Don't get hung up on the perception of what makes a podcast, any content that is distributed with a feed (RSS is pretty much necessary for the definition) can be considered a podcast. My suggestion for your friend would be to record a short audio message saying "Hi, we're [insert band name] and this is our album [insert album name here]. Please share this with other music lovers and check us out at [insert band's website/myspace here". Start the feed with this track and follow with the songs of the album.

Once you've got the music in a podcast feed (lots of choices out there for free hosting). Use the iTunes software to go to the iTunes Store, then select "Podcasts" from the list on the left hand side of the main page. This will bring you to the main Podcast page in the iTunes Store. In the middle of the page (scroll down if you do not see it) is a box that says "Submit a Podcast". Follow the steps outlined (I have NOT done this myself so I cannot guide you). I do know that you must have an iTunes account (there are some global restrictions, possibly only a US iTunes account). This will allow your podcast to be listed in iTunes. However, I would strongly recommend discovering other (smaller) lists and adding to those, since iTunes is so large that most small bands will be blips on the radar.

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Review on Cnet
by jialuolu-2096123418310153 / December 6, 2006 5:27 AM PST
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CDBaby
by robert.allen / December 6, 2006 6:36 AM PST

CDBaby.com offers digital distribution for $25.00 per album. They do a pretty nice job. I have been using that for all my bands' music for about a year now. They are well known throughout the indie music internet scene.

They also don't just do iTunes, they do other online stores as well...so it's worth the money.

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