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General

1. Editorial or recording label. You must specify the name of the Label of your record or album respectively for each album.

2. Own label. If your album is not linked to any record label, you can specify a custom label name or alias (such as your artist name) of your choice in this field. Make sure that the name provided is not misleading or deceptive, nor violate the laws of intellectual property.

3. Label’s Name Length. The name of a label should not be too large, otherwise, it may cause metadata conflict for some channels.

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Please, be sure to accomplish all the following requirements in order to distribute your release correctly, thereby preventing additional updates and other arrangements that would imply additional costs to the distribution.

1. Artist name choice. Before distributing your album, make sure that no other artists is currently using the same artist or band name (similar or identical), since this can cause conflicts in the channels, and your albums may be combined under the catalog of the other artist with similar artist or band name, or vice-versa.

2. Primary artist assignation. The main artist of an album, must appear as the primary throughout the complete album.

3. Format. The spelling of the artist name, must be correct and consistent across the entire contents of that artist

4. Composer. Composers have to be indicated only at the track level, not at the release level – except if we talk about Singles with only one track.

Non classical music composers have to appear at both levels (track and release). If there are more than 4 composers appearing in all tracks we will have to use “Various Composers” instead to list them one by one.

At the album’s level you can use all roles as wanted, as long as all the involved ones (producers, performers, composers, etc.) appear in all tracks without exception.

5. Other information. The artist’s name must not include any additional information, such as his role, dates, instrument, former band, webpage, etc.

6. “Various Artists” use. If there are four or more primary artists on the album, the artist name to be mentioned at album’s level must be “Various Artists”. Do not include more than three primary artists at album level.

At the track level is preferable that do not appear too many primary artists names. It is important not to confuse the role with “performer”. For example, if it’s about a band, the band name must appear as primary artist and the members names as performers.

8. Incorrect Display of “Various Artists”. Variations or abbreviations of “Various Artists” (eg “V/A”, “VA”, “Various”, “Various Artist” or similar) should not be used as an artist name for the content in English. The translation of “Various Artists” are acceptable, but, only if they are compatible with the language of the content.

9. Compound Artist. Each artist field must only contain one artist name.
Two or more performers or groups in the same artist field is considered a compound artist, although artists who are generally listed together as a band are not considered compound artists and can or must be listed together.
If it is not the case, and there is more than one performing artist, each artist must be listed individually and assigned as Primary.

10. Generic Artists. Generic artists such as “Chorus”, “Orchestra”, and “Singer”, are not accepted in any genre. The artist names should be specific to a person, a group or band, a show or a production.

11. Original Artist Name in Artist Field. For karaoke, tribute, orgel, parody, cover albums, and ringtones, the name of the original artist must not be displayed in any artist field.

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This is a service that allows a consumer to either stream, download or burn music for a set fee for a set period of time. Examples include, but are not limited to, Listen.com’s Rhapsody, eMusic and Napster.

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Interactive streaming is when a digital file is transmitted electronically to a computer or other device at the specific request of the end user in order to allow the end user to listen to a recording or a playlist contemporaneously with the user’s request.

Interactive streams are sometimes referred to as on-demand streams.

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A permanent download is an individual delivery of a sound recording by digital transmission resulting in a reproduction made by or for the recipient which may be retained and played by the recipient on a permanent basis.

Permanent Downloads sometimes referred to as full track downloads or untethered downloads.

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Tehtehred downloads are sometimes called limited downloads. A tethered download is a digital file that is delivered electronically to a computer or other device to reside there on a limited basis.

There are two types of thethered downloads: time-limited download (for example, the song resides on the computer for 30 days) and use-limited download (for example, the song can be heard 12 times before it can no longer be played).

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Encoding is the conversion of one format into another digital file format, often referred as ‘output format’. All the music you upload is being transcoded to FLAC files in the highest possible bitrate- without any wuality loss.

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You do not ‘need’ to complete your Artist profile. An Incomplete profile will not prevent your Release to be delivered to the stores.

However, the more information we have, the better. The ‘Artists’ section allows you to add some information like artist’ bio, website, twitter channel, facebook page, myspace link…Etc.

You can also upload a picture with the following specifications:

  • 3×2 aspect ratio
  • Minimum size 1280 x 853 pixels, Maximum size: 2530 x 1706 pixels
  • Format: jpg, tiff or png
  • Max. 8Mb
  • Not all stores will take this information into account, but some will.

Adding a biography especially can help you get more exposure on stores and provide additional interesting information for your fans!

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Mastering is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio material from a source containing the final mix to the master, the source from which all copies will be produced (via methods such as pressing, duplication or replication).

Digital masters have become usual although analog masters are still being used by the recording industry.

Mastering requires critical listening and expertise.

Results still depend upon the accuracy of speaker monitors.

Mastering engineers also usually need to apply corrective equalization and dynamic enhancement in order to optimise sound translation on all playback systems.

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The more the better? Not always.

Just like in the physical world, there shouldn’t be more than one digital music distributor bringing the same Release to the same store. Otherwise, when the Release makes some sales, how would the retail store know which distributor to pay?

However we can not prevent you from doing anything you want with your music.

But it is in your interest to be made aware that if you sign two digital distribution deals with two companies that will both be sending the same Release to iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc – this can have some serious consequences since the retailer will remove the Releases completely until you decide which distributor has the exclusive right to be selling that Release through them…

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With Ministry of Musics you can distribute Singles and Albums to the digital partners. Each partner has its own way of categorizing content. Symphonic cannot control how the partners group and format their content.

Singles
In Ministry of Musics platform a single is one (1) track.

In iTunes
-Your release will be classified as a single if:

  • The release is one to three (1-3) tracks.
  • The tracks are 30 minutes total and all individual tracks are less than 10 minutes.
  • Releases that meet the requirements above will automatically have “- Single” inserted in the release title within the iTunes platform.

-As a default, tracks will be sold for $0.99 in iTunes (if they are less than 10 minutes).
-If a single track is 10 minutes or longer, iTunes will automatically sell the release at an album price.

In Spotify

-Your music will be classified under the single category if:

  • The release is under 30 minutes.
  • The release has five (5) or fewer tracks.

-Spotify will not change the title of your release.

Albums
In the Symphonic platform an album is a release with two (2) or more tracks.

In iTunes

  • Any release with seven (7) or more tracks will be considered an album in iTunes. Also, any release that has one to six (1-6) tracks but is over 30 minutes will be considered an album in iTunes.
  • There may be cases where you release an album through Symphonic and the release is labeled as a “Single” or “EP” in the iTunes platform.

EPs
Symphonic does not have a product that is EP specific, but some albums released through Symphonic will be classified as EPs in iTunes.

In iTunes
-In order for a release to be considered an EP, it must meet one of the following two requirements:

  • The release has a total of one to three (1-3) tracks, one or more of the tracks is/are 10 minutes or longer and entire release is less than 30 minutes.
  • The release has a total of four to six (4-6) tracks and the entire release is less than 30 minutes.

-If your release meets the above requirements and you do not have “- EP” in the title of your album, iTunes will automatically insert “- EP” in the title when delivering your album to the partner.

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