Digital distribution

iTunes disappears ... but not completely

It won't have escaped your notice: Apple announced on Monday 3 June last year at the start of its annual developer conference that iTunes will disappear from MacOS.

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The big question is of course: will it still be possible to offer music downloads via Apple? And what changes for Windows users?

To start with the last question: for Windows users, nothing will change for the time being. iTunes will continue to exist as a Windows application.

iTunes for MacOS will be split in the new version into separate apps for music, podcasts and films & series. Buying music and movies will also continue to be possible for Mac users via the iTunes Store, which will have a separate place in MacOs Catalina.

With regard to the distribution of your music, nothing will change for the time being: releases that are sent to Apple will appear on both Apple Music and the iTunes Store.

Is your music not yet on iTunes, Apple Music or one of the other major platforms? Then quickly create an account and get started!

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Worldwide music turnover grows almost 10%

Revenues from music recordings grew by 2018% worldwide in 9,7. This is stated in the 'Global Music Report 2019' of IFPI, the umbrella organization of the music industry.

Revenue from streaming even grew by 34%. As a result, streaming is currently responsible for 47% of worldwide revenue. More than 255 million users had a subscription to a paid streaming service at the end of 2018, a share of 37% of total revenue.

According to the IFPI report, the total turnover of the music industry in 2018 was $ 19,1 billion. It is the fourth consecutive year that sales are growing. The fastest growing markets are Latin America and Asia.

Do you want to read the entire report? You can do that via .

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Apple stops Apple Music Connect

Apple has in the past made several attempts to add social functions to iTunes, and since a few years also Apple Music. iTunes Ping hardly got any publicity and the most recent attempt, Apple Music Connect, has not been a success either. This option will disappear in 2019.

With Apple Music Connect it was possible as an artist to add extra content, such as photos and videos, to an artist profile. Barely one year after the launch of the service, the platform received a less prominent place within Apple Music. Where it first had its own page, everything was now placed under the artist page and at the bottom 'For you'

Apple has now removed the feature to post new posts on Apple Music. In addition, Apple removes previously posted posts from musicians who did use Apple Music Connect. This content will no longer be visible under the "For You" tab in Apple Music. Until 24 May 2019 the content can still be found via the search function. After this, all content from Apple Music Connect will be permanently deleted.

Whether Apple is going to add other options that allow artists to add additional content is currently unknown. We will of course keep you informed of developments.

Is your music not yet on Apple Music or the other major streaming services? Then create an account here and get started right away.

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Processing times in November and December

Rest assured, it will take a while before we officially wish you happy holidays, but just like in previous years, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that by the end of the year longer processing times will occur for most streaming services and download stores. This has to do with the larger number of releases that are delivered during this time of year and with the fact that support departments are closed around the holidays. Also think of the American Thanksgiving at the end of November.

We advise you to deliver releases that should appear online between mid-November and early January well in advance. Do you want to know if your schedule is feasible? Feel free to mail to info@wmdigitalserivces.nl.

Data to monitor:
22 / 23 November: Thanksgiving. The support departments of American platforms are not available during this period. At Apple, the import of new releases is completely stopped during these days.
14 December: Do you have releases that have to be published online before Christmas? Then make sure that they are processed no later than December 14.
24 December 2018 to 1 January 2019: during this period we are not available by phone. You can reach us by e-mail, but keep in mind that the support departments of most platforms are closed and we therefore have to wait longer for a response.

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Pre-save the new single from Danny de Munk on Spotify

On October 1, “Toch ff nice so” will be released, the surprising new single by Danny de Munk. You can already play this swinging new track 'pre-saving'so that it is immediately added to your Spotify library on the day of release.
You can find the pre-save option via presave.io/t/tochfflekkerzo.

Is your latest release already on Spotify and the other streaming services? You can here get started right away with uploading your single or album. Do you have questions? Then mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl of check out our 'help' page.

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Songflow stops, WM Digital Services is happy to help you further

Today it was announced that our colleagues from the distribution platform Songflow will stop taking on new assignments in a few weeks. As of November 1, 2018, they will be removing all existing releases from their customers from all platforms. That means that Songflow customers will have to look for a new distributor in the short term and will have to upload all their releases again.

Are you an existing Songflow customer and would you like to migrate your releases to a new distributor as smoothly as possible? WM Digital Services is happy to help you further. Depending on the number of releases you want to migrate, we can make you an offer for the total costs. We are also happy to think along with you about the planning and timing of taking offline and re-offering all your releases.

You will find the answer to a number of frequently asked questions on our website 'help' page. If you have further questions, please mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl.

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Beta version Apple Music for Artists now available

After a closed test phase, Apple this week opened its analytics platform Apple Music for Artists to all artists. Like Spotify for Artists With this artist toolkit, Apple offers you insight into extensive statistics and listening trends of your streams and downloads.

Apple Music for Artists also shows which playlists your tracks have been added to, where in the world your music is listened to most, and so on. The service is still in the beta phase, but as mentioned, every band or artist can now sign up to gain access.

You can register for the Apple Music for Artists beta via . Note: you need an Apple ID to log in. Furthermore, upon registration you will be asked for contact details (including telephone number) and links to Facebook and Twitter accounts.

After you have logged in and accepted the conditions, you can get started by claiming your own artist profile. As you can see, Apple itself indicates that it may take some time before you receive a message about the status of your request.

Are you still not using Spotify for Artists? Then we recommend that you quickly create an account for this essential collection of tools from Spotify. You sign up here .

Since these extra options from Apple Music and Spotify are linked to your Apple ID and your personal Spotify account respectively, we cannot take care of these registrations for you. Of course we will gladly help you further with the release of your music on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify and the other well-known platforms.

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