Unsure how to release music to iTunes and Apple Music? Unsure what the difference between iTunes and Apple Music is? Read our guide to find out more.
What is iTunes and Apple Music?
iTunes started out as the one of the original digital music stores, and helped independent music distribution become more widespread and accessible for artists everywhere. iTunes is still available for fans to be able to purchase your music as a download to save to their devices, but over the past few years Apple Music – both platforms are owned by Apple – has overtaken iTunes to become one of the biggest music services in the world.
What is the difference between iTunes and Apple Music?
While iTunes is still around, Apple Music has taken over as Apple’s flagship audio service, and when you release with Spinnup, we will get your music on both Apple Music and on iTunes.
Really, the only difference is that Apple Music is a streaming service, where fans can stream your music, create public playlists, listen to Apple Radio etc. And iTunes is the more traditional store, which allows fans to purchase tracks or albums as downloadable MP3/WAV files that they can save to their computer or phone.
How to Release Music on iTunes and Apple Music
To get started, create an account or login here, and upload your audio and artwork files, fill in all your release information and submit to our team for approval. If you’re new around here, we have an overview on how distributing with Spinnup works to help get you started.
Like with all our 60+ distribution partners, once you submit your release on Spinnup, we are able to get your music live on iTunes and Apple Music within a matter of days.
Once you get your music on Apple Music, you can access and edit your Apple Music For Artists profile. Find out what Apple Music For Artists is and how you can edit your profile.