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  • Posted on 12/08/2017 in The 411

    LEVERAGING APPLE MUSIC

    LEVERAGING APPLE MUSIC

    Apple Music is a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc. in which Users select music to stream to their device on-demand, or they can listen to existing, curated playlists. 

    However , for the aspiring artist Apple music is the connect between them and millions!

    You can only use Apple Music Connect if you’re on Apple Music. Now, as it happens, it seems if you were ever on iTunes, that’ll happen automatically – I found an artist profile for a lapsed TuneCore subscription.

    If not, you can use one of Apple’s approved aggregators, listed via iTunes Connect. That includes providers like The Orchard, CDBaby, finetunes, Believe Digital, and Space Shower. These providers vary by region, but provide extra features like pre-orders, ringtones, translation services, mastered for iTunes, and those music videos.

    Right now, there’s a claim form for getting your own profile. You fill out whether you’re a representative of an artist or the artist yourself (including options for saying you’re solo or a band member). Then, you list artist management and label contacts, though it seems if you lack these, you’d fill in your own contact info. (You aren’t allowed to leave those forms blank.)

    Once approved, you can add your own media content, including up to 8-minute videos and 90-minute audio (like podcasts), plus photos. There are two interesting twists. One, you can do this in-app (cool). Two, you can repost Apple Music content, though that’s only available to people who bought a subscription.


    Adding Songs

    First, go into the iTunes Menu using the desktop client. Click the icon in the top right corner, and choose the “Add File to Library” option from the drop-down menu.

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    Find the song you want to add from your computer, and open it in iTunes.

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    Once the file is synced, you can either create a playlist with it including any music bought on your iTunes account or incorporate it into a library with your favorited and saved Apple Music tracks.

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    Format Restrictions and Rules

    Prior to uploading, any songs that are encoded in the formats of WAV, ALAC, or AIFF will be transcoded to a separate temporary AAC 256 Kbps file locally, though the original files will remain intact. You’ll also need to be sure that throughout uploading, your iTunes iCloud Music Library is enabled so you don’t lose any tracks between your desktop, laptop, and mobile devices.

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    In this same set of restrictions, even specific MP3 files (as well as AAC) will have to meet a certain criteria before they are approved for Apple Music synchronization.

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    Once the music has been scanned and approved by the service, you’ll be able to create playlists that seamlessly.

    After the song(s) are added to the iTunes iCloud Music Library, you’ll be able to access them from any iOS device of your choosing as long as the track itself is not DRM encrypted by a third party.

    Apple Music is definitely the plug for artist who want to be heard!   

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