How To: Sell your music on iTunes

Sell your music on iTunes

With the growing popularity of digital downloads, it's important for aspiring musicians to have some sort of download available of their music. If you're an unsigned musician, selling your music on iTunes might seem daunting, but it's actually very easy! Learn how to do it in this video.

You Will Need:
• A CD or digital files of original
• Recorded music
• Money

Step 1: Get your music ready
Make sure your music is ready for public consumption. Don't forget cover art and any liner notes you want to include.

Step 2: Get a UPC barcode
Get a UPC barcode from a CD duplication company or online music distributor. Type "UPC code iTunes Store" into a search engine to find some options, which range in price from $10 to $30.

Step 3: Find a distributor
To ensure you pick a legitimate company, look through several reviews of the company on various web sites. The distributor receives a percentage of every sale you make.

Step 4: Protect your rights
Maintain ownership of your music by carefully reading all contracts to ensure you are only giving the company the right to distribute your music. If a contract has language about giving the distributor rights to your work, find another company.

Step 5: Send your distributor your CD
Send in your CD or digital files to the distributor you have chosen.

Step 6: Check iTunes for your music
Your music should automatically be placed in the iTunes Store within a few weeks. If you do not find it there, notify your distributor.

Step 7: Renew your distribution deal
Most distribution deals are only good for one year. To avoid having your music removed from iTunes and other online retailers, make sure you keep your account up to date.

Step 8: Promote your music
Just because your music is now available on iTunes doesn't mean it will be a best-seller. It's still up to you to promote your sound!

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