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iTunes / Apple Music
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Genres:

Alternative, Alternative/Experimental, Alternative/Indie Pop, Alternative/Gothic, Alternative/Grunge, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative/Rock, Ambient/New Age, Blues, Blues/Contemporary Blues, Blues/New Orleans Blues, Blues/Traditional Blues, Children's Music, Children's Music/Classic, Children's Music/Holiday, Children's Music/Stories, Comedy, Country, Country/Bluegrass, Country/Contemporary, Country/Honky Tonk, Country/Nashville, Country/Pop, Country/Square Dance, Easy Listening, Easy Listening/Bar Jazz/Cocktail, Easy Listening/Bossa Nova, Easy Listening/Lounge, Easy Listening/Traditional, Electronic, Electronic/Breaks, Electronic/Broken beat, Electronic/Chill Out, Electronic/Dance, Electronic/Deep House, Electronic/DJ Tools/Sample Packs, Electronic/Downtempo - experimental, Electronic/Drum & Bass, Electronic/Dub/Reggae/Dancehall, Electronic/Dubstep/Grime, Electronic/Electro House, Electronic/Glitch Hop, Electronic/Hard Dance, Electronic/Hard Techno, Electronic/Hardcore, Electronic/Hardstyle, Electronic/House, Electronic/Jazz, Electronic/Indie Dance/Nu Disco, Electronic/Minimal, Electronic/Pop Trance, Electronic/Progressive House, Electronic/Psy-Trance, Electronic/Tech House, Electronic/Techno, Electronic/Trance, Electronic/Trip Hop, Experimental, Folk, Funk/R&B, Hip-Hop/Rap, Hip-Hop/Rap/Gangsta & Hardcore, Holiday/Christmas, Inspirational, Jazz, Jazz/Dixie/Rag Time, Jazz/Latin Jazz, Jazz/World, Jazz/Bebop, Jazz/Big Band, Jazz/Classic, Jazz/Contemporary, Jazz/Free Jazz, Jazz/Fusion, Jazz/Jazz Funk, Jazz/Nu Jazz/Acid Jazz, Jazz/Smooth Jazz, Jazz/Swing, Jazz/Traditional, Latin, Latin/Bossa Nova, Latin/Brasil/Tropical, Latin/Pop, Latin/Rock en Español, Latin/Salsa/Merengue, New Age, Pop, Pop/Contemporary/Adult, Pop/J-Pop, Pop/K-Pop, Pop/Singer Songwriter, R&B, Reggae, Rock, Rock/Brit-Pop, Rock/Classic, Rock/Glam Rock, Rock/Heavy Metal, Rock/Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, Rock/Progressive, Rock/Rock 'n' Roll, Rock/Singer/Songwriter, Soul, Soundtrack, Soundtrack/Anime, Soundtrack/Musical, Soundtrack/TV, Spiritual, Spiritual/Christian, Spiritual/Gospel, Spiritual/India, Spiritual/Judaica, Spiritual/World, Spiritual/Gregorian, Spoken Word/Speeches, Vocal/Nostalgia, World, World/African, World/Americas/Brazilian, World/Americas/Brazilian/Bossa Nova, World/Americas/Cajun-Creole, World/Americas/Calypso, World/Americas/Cuba-Caribbean, World/Americas/Mexican, World/Americas/North-American, World/Americas/South-American, World/Arabic, World/Asian/China, World/Asian/India, World/Asian/India-Bollywood, World/Asian/Japan, World/Asian/Central Asia, World/Asian/South Asia, World/Australian/Pacific, World/Ethnic, World/Europe/Eastern, World/Europe/French, World/Europe/German, World/Europe/Northern, World/Europe/Southern, World/Europe/Western, World/Mediterranean/Greece, World/Mediterranean/Italy, World/Mediterranean/Spain, World/Russian, World/Worldbeat, Flamenco, Fitness&Workout, World/Europe/Spain, World/Americas/Argentina, World/Americas/Colombia, World/Americas/Panama, World/Americas/Peru, Latin/Bachata, Latin/Banda, Latin/Big Band, Latin/Bolero, Latin/Christian, Latin/Conjunto, Latin/Corridos, Latin/Cuban, Latin/Cumbia, Latin/Duranguense, Latin/Electronica, Latin/Grupero, Latin/Hip Hop, Latin/Latin Rap, Latin/Mambo, Latin/Mariachi, Latin/Norteño, Latin/Ranchera, Latin/Reggaeton, Latin/Salsa, Latin/Sierreño, Latin/Sonidero, Latin/Tango, Latin/Tejano, Latin/Tierra Caliente, Latin/Traditional Mexican, Latin/Vallenato, Karaoke, World/Americas/Brazilian/Black Music, World/Americas/Brazilian/Funk Carioca, World/Americas/Brazilian/Folk, Jazz/Brazilian Jazz, World/Americas/Brazilian/MPB, World/Americas/Brazilian/Axé, World/Americas/Brazilian/Samba, World/Americas/Brazilian/Chorinho, World/Americas/Brazilian/Samba-enredo, World/Americas/Brazilian/Marchinha, World/Americas/Brazilian/Pagode, World/Americas/Brazilian/Samba-Rock, World/Americas/Brazilian/Sambalanço, World/Americas/Brazilian/Samba-de-Raiz, Electronic/Acid House, Ska, Punk, Pop/Mandopop, World/Afro-Beat, World/Afro-Pop, Latin/Regional Mexicano, Trap, Trap/Future Bass, Trap/Future Bass/Twerk,

Channel Description

iTunes is a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It is used to play, download, and organize digital audio and video on personal computers running the OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The iTunes Store is also available on the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.

Through the iTunes Store, users can purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks, podcasts, movies, and movie rentals in some countries, and ringtones, available on the iPhone and iPod Touch (fourth generation onward).

Apple Music is Apple´s premium subscription service, accessible via the iTunes interface. After an initial 3 month free trial, which users will only be able to access after providing credit card information, Apple Music will be only be available to paying subscribers. The service has a strong focus on editorial and artist features, including “Artist Connect”, which will allow approved artists to post free content directly on the service and interact with fans.

Shazam is a commercial mobile phone based music identification service. Shazam uses a mobile phone’s built-in microphone to gather a brief sample of music being played. An acoustic fingerprint is created based on the sample, and is compared against a central database for a match. If a match is found, information such as the artist, song title, and album are relayed back to the user. Relevant links to services such as iTunes, YouTube, and Spotify allow users to find your music in these services.
Currently, around 350 million users are tagging more than 10 million tracks a day. The service was expanded in September 2012 to enable TV users in the US to identify featured music, access cast information and get links to show information online, as well as adding social networking capabilities. Some of the features that both free Shazam and Shazam Encore include the following: Rdio integration, YouTube playback, Lyric search, Artist news, Share tags with friends, Buy tracks from iTunes, See popular tags on a map, and more.

Service Type

iTunes offers music through the sales of downloads.
Apple Music is a streaming service.
Shazam is capable of identifying your music and generate relevant to your music in third party services such as YouTube, iTunes or Spotify.

Territories

iTunes and Apple Music are available in: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus*, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina-Faso*, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India*, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal*, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan*, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

*Explicit content is not sold in these territories.

Shazam is available worldwide (+200 countries).

Go Live Time

Normally, releases go live within 24-27 hours in these services simultaneously.

Important Note: a random percentage of releases go through an internal iTunes review process, which can take up to 16 business days from the day they are received by the store.
If your release is placed in iTunes' content review, unfortunately, it will take longer than the normal 24-72 hours to go live. We can´t speed up the internal iTunes review process. If you have a required release date please make sure that you distribute your music more than 16 business days in advance to the digital release date..

Pay rate

iTunes: Album wholesale payouts*

Album price bandUSCAEUMXLATIN AMERICAAUSTRALIA & NZJAPAN
Budget4.20 USD4.20 CDN3.00 €42.00 MXN3.60 USD5.99 AUD534 JPY
Mid6.30 USD6.30 CDN4.80 €73.50 MXN5.40 USD8.99 AUD890 JPY
Full7.00 USD7.00 CDN7.40 €84.00 MXN6.00 USD9.99 AUD979 JPY
Premium8.40 USD8.40 CDN7.20 €105.00 MXN7.20 USD11.99 AUD1068 JPY

* Wholesale means the payout we as a distributor receive. The wholesale payouts for albums with 10 or more songs sold in iTunes are listed above. Albums under 10 songs are priced by the song. To calculate how much you would receive from the sale of an EP or an album with fewer than 10 songs, multiply the number of songs by the pay rate of that iTunes store.

iTunes: Singles

Single price bandUSCAEUMXLATIN AMERICAAUSTRALIA & NZJAPAN
Budget 0.49 USD0.49 CDN0.50 €6.30 MXN0.41 USD0.69 AUD89 JPY
Mid-Full 0.70 USD0.70 CDN0.71 €8.40 MXN0.60 USD0.99 AUD118 JPY
Premium0.91 USD0.91 CDN0.92 €10.50 MXN0.79 USD1.29 AUD148 JPY

Note: A Discount of 8% may apply for reproduction, distribution (mechanical rights), and public communication rights.

Apple Music:

When a subscriber streams your music, you get paid a proportionate share of Apple Music's subscription revenue per month calculated on terms set out our agreement with the store (this will include streams during a subscriber's 3-month free trial). Payments will fluctuate each month, depending on the amount of subscription revenue generated and how often your music was streamed.

Shazam:

Shazam does not sell music so artists do not receive payment, but Shazam drives sales in other outlets through music discovery and by generating links to other services.

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