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iTunes Holiday 2015 Delays & Closures – Plan Ahead!

You read that right, folks! We’re already approaching the holiday season, and once again we’re here to remind you that it’s imperative to be prepared if you’re planning on distributing music during November and December. Like many of us, our pals at iTunes and other digital store partners take time off during the holiday, resulting in potential delays.

See below for some guidelines that’ll ensure you have a successful release just in time for the holidays:

  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Friday, November 20th and Friday, December 4th you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, November 10th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Friday, December 18 and Friday, January 1st you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, December 8th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Monday, January 4th and Friday, January 8th you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, December 15th.

In order to make sure that you don’t miss the release date for your song or album, plan ahead and distribute your new music as soon as you can to avoid getting caught in holiday closings/delays. The earlier you get your new music on iTunes and other stores, the more time your fans will have to buy it!

If you’re not ready to release that album just yet, we always recommend releasing a single early to garner some excitement!

If you are planning on submitting your new release via the TuneCore Feature Submissions Page:

  • For the week of November 27th, submit by 3PM ET November 3rd.
  • For the week of December 3rd, submit by 6PM ET Novermber 5th.

Regardless of how your fans celebrate the holidays, give them the chance to use your music as a soundtrack – distribute your holiday music today!

  • Steve Stell

    Does itunes wait to release most new submissions on Fridays, or can releases with no pre-set release date go live any day of the week? Do releases go live in the middle of the day or is it like at 12:01 AM sort of thing. I’m still waiting for my latest release to go live to itunes and it’s been two weeks now with still nothing on itunes. Just wondering.

    • tunecore

      Hi Steve,

      You can set your release date for any day of the week. As long as you’ve given yourself enough time to be approved by TuneCore and have it submitted to iTunes, it should be fine.

      As far as your release goes, get in touch with Artist Support to check the status of your last release here: http://help.tunecore.com/app/ask

  • David ‘Budge’ Goodger

    Hi, can you tell me if sales reports will also be delayed? i usually get mine on 27th of the month and haven’t had Novembers, thanks,

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