Distribute your music on digital platforms

Written by prune on . Posted in Digital Distribution, Help and Support, Tutorials

You want to sell your music on the digital platforms? 

Wiseband offers a wide choice of platforms (iTunes, Virginmega, OVI (Nokia), Amazon, Spotify, Deezer, Starzik, 7 Digtital, Simfy, Qobuz, Google Play etc.). Here is a tutorial that explains step by step how to distribute your music on the digital platforms.

 Step 1 : Create your item

In order to sell your music on the digital platforms, you have to create first an item on your Wiseband account by clicking on the “Products” page, tab “Catalog“, then “Create a new item“.

Each time you see the symbol  during the creation of your album, you can pass your mouse over it to get particular information about the current step.

Choose the type of digital audio item you want to create in the aim to a digital distribution on the platforms (track, Ep, album) then upload your tracks.

 

 Once created, your item appears in the “Catalog” page of your account.

Step 2 : Start the Distribution process

You can start the distribution process of your item by two different ways :

– From the “Products“/”Catalog” page of your Wiseband account, then by clicking in the “Actions” menu of your item on “Distribute“.

– From your “Products” page, tab “Digital distribution“. Then by clicking on “Distribute an album/single on the digital platforms“. 

The list of the digital albums that you have created appears, select the one you want to distribute on the platforms and click on “Distribute“.

 Step 3  : Metadata

For the next three steps (metadata entry), in case of error, the erroneous fields will appear in red. For further information about the error, place your mouse over the red text and this piece of information will be displayed. You’ll be able to proceed to next step only when this error will be corrected.

  • Album metadata

1- Indicate the title of your album and only the title of the album. 

2- Insert your album cover by clicking on “Logo”. Its size must be at least 1448*1448 pixels and it must be squared. Your image must be in a JPEG format.

3- Enter the bar code (EAN code with 12 figures for United States, Canada, etc or UPC code with 13 figures for Europe). If you don’t have any bar code for this album, Wiseband will generate one automatically.

4- Enter the digital sales date, as well as the label name for the album (if you are auto-produced, tick the corresponding box).

5- The main genre (mandatory) and the secondary genre (highly recommended) of your album, are to be entered.

6- Finally, in the field “Production notes”, put the information you wish to communicate to platforms concerning the production of the album (name of the recording studio, the producer, the director).

  • Album tarcks metadata

 

From here, it is possible to return at any time to make a modification to a previously informed element thanks to the button “return”.

1- For the titles, rename or correct according to the name of the indicated linked file (in green above). They are not necessarily in the order you had given during the first step. To classify them in the order you want, slide the track to the desired position.

2- You need at least one author or one composer by track. If you have several composer-songwriters, separate names with a comma without space in between (example: Author1,Author2,Author3).

3- You can indicate a version and/or a featuring to track in the box reserved for. 

4- By clicking on poubelle you deactivate your track. It will not appear on the digital platforms. If you want to reactivate your track click on fleche.

You will see in blue under each track a preview of the track as it is going to be displayed on the platforms. 

  • Album tracks optional metadata

 
For the optional metadata, indicate them only if you have the information. Should the opposite occur, skip this step.
 
We remind you that the ISRC code is the code attributed by the SPPF or SCPP (producers’ labor unions) and that the ISWC code is the code attributed by the SACEM. These are attributed to each track.

If you have explicit words in your tracks (which can shock the youngest people), tick the box “Explicit Lyrics” (mandatory).

Do not tick the box SACEM if it is not deposited to the SACEM and that the authors are not registered on it or if the piece is part of the public domain (you can verify this information with the SACEM).

Step 4 : Choice of platforms

Here, you can choose which platforms you want to distribute your album on, as well as, for iTunes, the sale prices you want for your album on this platform. The price chosen will appear only on the platform.

  • Youtube

If you have chosen Youtube amongst your digital platforms you will ask to confirm that you have own the copyrights on the tracks you want to distribute.

Step 5 : Summary of your datas


Verify all the datas are exact.
Every request of modifications of metadatas and price for an album or single already sent to platforms, not requiring a withdrawal then a return, is charged of 10€ including tax. In the case the request requires the withdrawal and the return of a single or an album, it will be asked to make a new distribution (29€ including tax).

Step 6 : seller informations



Enter the requested fields.

Step 7 : Digital distribution agreement

Don’t forget to tick the box “I do accept the digital distribution agreement”.

Step 8 : Payment

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If you have a promo code you can use it now (1 distribution on the digital platforms is offered with an Artist account). Click on “next step” to proceed to payment.
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Finally, validate your payment for the on-line publishing of your album. You can pay by: credit card, Paypal, check.

An approximate 3/4 weeks will be necessary between the sending of your album and its on-line publishing on all the platforms (a few days for iTunes, 1 week for Deezer, Virginmega, Starzik and up to 4 weeks for the other platforms).

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Comments (2)

  • David R.

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    Hi,

    quick questions :
    – who has access to the uncompressed track material?
    – do the platforms (Deezer/Spotify/etc) store the uncompressed material? Or they only keep ogg/mp3 files and delete the original material?

    Thanks & Regards,
    David

    Reply

  • Mousse

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    Hello David
    We publish this answer for artists that may be interested in the same question.
    Depending on the platforms, they strore the music on their own systems in various formats (wav, FLAC, mp3) for their proper use.
    Wiseband provide its users with reliable backup of their music in the format they uploaded it, whatever being the state of their Wiseband account renewal..

    Reply

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