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iTune launch a 24-hour song upload service

iTunes have just announced something really exciting – your music can now appear on iTunes in just 24 hours if you upload your song with one of the major music distributors like Zimbalam, Tunecore, or my personal favourite as outlined in my video comparison of the digital music distribution services (see below); Ditto Music.

What’s all the fuss over a 24-hour upload service?

In the video below I compare all of the different music distribution services and talk through some of the different things that I consider to be important factors when choosing a music distribution service, and one of those factors was time taken to upload your song to the digital stores.

I actually feel that it’s really important to have a quick song upload time simply because I know that when I’ve just written a new song I have a huge feeling of wanting to promote that song far and wide because it’s still fresh in my head and I’m excited to tell the world about it. So this 24 hour song upload service has really raised the bar and might encourage some slightly more intensive music marketing campaigns from independent and unsigned music artists – heck, this change might even produce more sales for the artist.

Previously, the best upload time that music distributors could offer was around two weeks (Ditto Music) and even longer if you’re using Tunecore, Zimbalam or one of the other major distributors. But even 2 weeks is quite a long time – long enough to have listened to your new song a fair few hundred times and lose that honeymoon period feeling.

So I think the recent update is quite an exciting one and I look forward to seeing what kind of impact it has – what effect do you think it will have on music releases? Leave your comments in our funky new comment system below.

Thanks,
M

Image credit: Phil Dokas

About Marcus Taylor

In 2013, Marcus Taylor won the award for 'Young Visionary of the Year' at MIDEM. Marcus is passionate about marketing and the music industry, and has consulted to some of the biggest names in the music industry through his agency, Venture Harbour. Marcus founded this website in 2009, and has reached over half a million musicians ever since.

3 Comments

  • Oday says:

    What if you release a song for free, it becomes a hit, and you want to start selling it while people are still buzzed about it? I witnessed this with APT and his “Obama Obama” song. He says that he made a decent amount of money off of it, but he could've made more if the song got on iTunes faster.

  • Oday says:

    What if you release a song for free, it becomes a hit, and you want to start selling it while people are still buzzed about it? I witnessed this with APT and his “Obama Obama” song. He says that he made a decent amount of money off of it, but he could've made more if the song got on iTunes faster.

  • Oday says:

    What if you release a song for free, it becomes a hit, and you want to start selling it while people are still buzzed about it? I witnessed this with APT and his “Obama Obama” song. He says that he made a decent amount of money off of it, but he could've made more if the song got on iTunes faster.

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