Upload manual

On this page we provide a step-by-step overview of uploading a release.
In the steps below, we assume that you have created an account and are logged in.
Additional information can be found on the 'help' page.

Creating a new release
You can create a new release with the button 'Create a release'.
In the screen that opens afterwards, you only enter the title of your release without any other information.

After entering the title, click on 'Create release'.
After that, your new release will open automatically and you will see a series of tabs.

Tip: always keep the order of the tabs, so first fill in tabs 1 and 2 as completely as possible before adding the audio files on tab 3. All relevant information from tab 1 and 2 is automatically copied to the individual tracks when you start uploading. You can always see a complete overview of your release on tab 4.
During the filling in, a number of automatic checks of your data also take place. Any error messages or suggestions for improvements are - if applicable - displayed in red letters next to the relevant field.

Now that the release has been created, you can fill in all the information:

Tab 1: General info
- cover art: with this option you add the cover of your release.
This can be done in jpg, png or tiff format. The minimum size is 3000 x 3000 pixels.
The information you state on the cover must meet a number of requirements. You can find these here..
Always make sure that information on the artwork can also be found in your title data.
- Remix or version: This field is used to add a version indication, such as 'radio edit', 'dance mix' or 'live'. If this does not apply, skip this field.
- QC approval date: QC stands for Quality Control. As soon as we have approved your release, the date will automatically appear here.
- Artists: enter the artist and possibly the featured artists, composer, lyricist, producer and other roles, insofar as they apply to the entire release. You can read at the bottom of this page how to adjust or add data at track level.

The 'primary artist' is the main artist of your release. So enter your band name or artist name here.
Tip:: after entering each name, click on 'add artist'. Only then has the relevant name been added to your release. Enter each name separately. After filling in various 'roles' it looks like this:

- Label: enter your label or company name here. If you do not use your own name, our company name will remain.
- Primary genre: here you choose the desired genre via the drop-down menu. You can also specify this further with a 'secondary genre'. The choice you make here is a preference, so the various platforms can adjust this as they see fit.
Tip: use the genre “Classical” (and all variations) only when it comes to traditional classical releases (Bach, Beethoven, etc.) and not when it comes to music with only some classical influences.
- Language: enter the language of the release here. On tab 1, the language must be the same as the language of your release title. With the individual tracks you can later adjust the language (eg when your songs are sung in different languages, or when it concerns instrumental songs).
- album format: here you choose the format of your release.
The usual formats are: a release with 1 or 2 tracks is a single, a release with 3 to 7 tracks is an EP, a release with 8 or more tracks is an album.
- Release UPC code: if you have your own UPC, enter it here. If you do not have a UPC, it will be generated automatically after sending your release.
- Reference number: this is a number for internal use, which is automatically filled in after sending your release. You can always skip this field.
- Global release identifier: if you have this code, you can enter it here
- Release description: here you can enter a descriptive text. However, these texts are not currently used by the streaming services, so you can also skip this field.

You can save your data with the 'Save' button at the bottom of the page.

Tab 2: Release date, sales price, rights holders
- Price category: This option only applies to the sale price of your track in the iTunes store. The standard price for a track is 99 cents, which is the same as the 'mid' option. It is not customary to deviate from this, but if you want to use a higher (full) or lower (budget) price, you can adjust it here. This option does not apply to streaming services such as Spotify.
- Digital release date: enter the desired release date here. It is always in the future.
Tip: plan the release date at least 7 days in advance, that increases the chance that your release will appear everywhere at the same time and it gives some leeway to make any corrections.
- Original release date: You can use this option when you are going to put an older release online and you want to make sure that the original release date is visible. This option is therefore not applicable for new releases.
- License type: You can leave this option unchanged, unless you want to consciously choose an alternative license.
- License holder / Copyright for sound recording: here you enter the name of the owner (s) of your recordings. This can be your label or company name, or one or more personal names. Do not use the names of external parties here, unless you have made agreements about this.
- Territories: by default your releases are distributed worldwide, but if you want to choose specific continents or countries (eg in connection with rights) you can adjust this here.

You can save your data with the 'Save' button at the bottom of the page.

Tab 3: Audio files
Via this tab you add the audio files to your release.
- Add from computer: When it concerns tracks that have not been uploaded before, select 'from computer' to upload your files. You can upload audio in WAV format or FLAC format. It is not possible to upload MP3s.
- Add from catalog: If you want to link a previously uploaded track to a new release (eg a previously released single that will also be placed on an EP or album), you can choose the relevant track (s) via the 'from catalog' option.

Tip:: The name of your file will be used as the title of your track. If you make sure that your files have the correct titles (without artist name or other info), you no longer have to adjust them afterwards. If the tracks are also numbered, they will immediately be added to your release in the correct order.
Tip:: to change details of your track and to add your own ISRC if necessary, you can open the track. On tab 3 you do this with the 'pencil' behind the title. It is also possible with the option 'edit' behind the title on tab 4. More in or about editing individual tracks can be found at the bottom of this page.
Tip:: information such as artist name, genre, language and rights holders is automatically copied from tab 1 and 2. If this information is the same for all tracks, you do not have to make any changes.

Editing data of a track
When you have filled in tabs 1 and 2 as completely as possible and the title of your file name is the title of your song, the information of your tracks will already be largely complete. However, you can still change or add to the information and at track level there are a number of extra options.
- Title: This is the song title, without any other information. Your file name is automatically used here when uploading.
- Remix or version: This field is used to add a version indication, such as 'radio edit', 'dance mix' or 'live'. If this does not apply, skip this field.
- Audio: After uploading your audio, you will see some technical data here, plus the upload date. As long as your release is not distributed, you can still replace the audio by clicking on 'upload audio'.
- Artists: see the explanation at tab 1. At track level you can, for example, add 'featured artists', lyricist(s) and producer(s). Note: filling in the name or names of the composer(s) is mandatory. Use a new field for each name.
- Primary genre: see the explanation for tab 1. Genres must be the same at release level (tab 1) and track level, so you normally do not need to change this information.
- ISRC Code: if you have your own ISRC, enter it here. If you don't have ISRCs, they will be generated automatically after sending your release.
- ISWC Code: if you have your own ISWC, enter it here.
- publishing rights: see the explanation for tab 2
- lyrics: here you can add the text of your song. Do not add extra info (so no names of artists or songwriters and no additions such as 'verse' or 'chorus')
- explicit lyrics: Here you indicate whether your release contains explicit text, ie swear words, sexually explicit content, etc. In some countries this designation is required by law, so make sure this information is correct. By default, the field is empty. Choose 'not explicit' or 'explicit' via the drop-down menu.
- Language: Here you indicate the language of the song at track level. This information is copied from tab 1, so if the language is the same everywhere, you don't need to change it anymore.
Use the option 'no linguistic content' for instrumental tracks.
- Available separately: You can leave this option unchanged.
- Start point time: here you can indicate the start time of your song for TikTok. You will find more information here..
- Notes: You can skip this option.

Tab 4: Overview of your release, submit button
On tab 4 you can see a total overview of your release, including artwork and audio. You can listen to the audio files here to check them. Via the option 'edit' you can open individual tracks for further editing.

On the right you see the button Distribute this release. Via this button you choose which platforms you want to send the release to and then you go to the payment options. If necessary, you can also enter your contact details here.
If the details of your release are not yet complete, or if errors are detected, you will first receive a message in the form of 'validation errors' after clicking on 'Distribute this release'. Once the errors have been resolved, you can again choose the 'Distribute this release' option to finalize your release.

Tabs 5 and 6: History of your release
These tabs are not relevant when you upload a new release. Only after the distribution of your release has started will information appear here.

Do you have any questions about uploading your release? Then mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl.

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