How to Sell Music on iTunes

iTunes: DIY (Do it Yourself) Independent artists sell music to iTunes every day. You can join them! Here are the basics.

In summary, there are a few technical, content, and financial requirements to meet before selling music on iTunes. For example, it requires a Mac running OS because of the software they give you to upload your music. You will also need a UPC number for your songs, and a U.S. Tax ID. These are listed in detail on page 2 of the application.

Work with a Distribution Partner: To simplify the process, (so you don’t have to meet all of the requirements yourself) you can work with a third-party company to distribute your music on iTunes as well as other digital downloading sites. These are called aggregators. To see the full list of iTunes approved aggregators click here.

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Adding Music to Sound Cloud

Whether it's a quick sketch or a polished symphony, upload your sounds and songs effortlessly to SoundCloud in a few clicks. They deal with pretty much any audio format so you don't have to worry about that. To take a tour of how SoundCloud works click here.

SoundCloud is a great place to share your music with just your friends or with the public. You have control of who can listen to your music and who can download it or leave comments. The wave format is great for feedback from listeners who can make a comment at a precise note of your song.

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The Cheapest Way to Produce a CD

Yes, cheap cd duplication is possible. You can produce them yourself, or you can have a professional duplicating service do it for you. Of course it's more expensive to have someone else do it. If you are confident you will sell alot you might not mind cutting in to your profit margin a bit by paying to have it done. But if you're not sure, you can start out doing it yourself. If sales go really well and you find you can't duplicate your cds fast enough, you can always turn it over to a pro later. (Then you will have a little more money to afford it!) Meanwhile, it might not be a bad idea to duplicate your own cds. Since most computers these days have a cd burner, cd burning software, a printer and a graphic editor. Use your graphic editor to create your cd inserts, one for the front and one for the back, and print them out on light colored card stock or photo paper. It's just a matter of figuring out how big each needs to be (based on the size of your jewel cases), how to fold them, how to import images, write the text, and play around with the resolution.

Finally, use your cd burner and burning software to make copies of your master disc.

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