iTunes Holiday 2017 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 17th and Friday, December 1st you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, November 7th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Saturday, December 2nd and Friday, December 8th you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, November 14th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Saturday, December 9th and Friday, December 22nd you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, November 28th.
  • In order for content to become available in iTunes and other stores between Saturday, December 23rd and Sunday, January 7th you must upload and pay for distribution in TuneCore no later than Tuesday, December 12th.

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:

  • To be considered for a feature for Friday December 1st, you must fill out and send your Feature Submissions Form by Friday, November 3rd.
  • To be considered for a feature for Friday December 8th, you must fill out and send your Feature Submissions Form by no later than Friday, November 10th.

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

Get In The Spirit With TuneCore’s Holiday Playlist!

We’ve explored the benefits and fun associated with releasing holiday albums and singles as an independent music maker in the past, and this year showed no slowdown in TuneCore Artists’ ability to spread holiday cheer and provide a seasonal soundtrack for their fans.

This week we’re psyched to show-off some of these talented artists’ efforts in our 2016 Holiday Celebration Spotify Playlist!

It’s jam-packed with 99you read that correctly – holiday-themed tracks spanning the genres. Intended to brighten up your holidays no matter how you celebrate, this playlist is the perfect way to support independent music, get in the spirit, and get away from all those Santa-themed mall pop hits from seasons past (no offense, Mariah).

If you’re not already following TuneCore on Spotify, now’s the perfect time. Finish up wrapping those gifts, break out the menorah, or simply cozy up with friends and family to a slew of awesome new talent for the TuneCore community of artists this weekend.

While you’re digging the music, start considering how you can get ahead of upcoming holidays in 2017 and what kind of holiday-themed music you can share with your fans! Valentine’s Day songs for lovers? A single for the music industry’s favorite holiday in Austin each year? Or maybe a dedication to mom’s everywhere for Mother’s Day – the possibilities are endless.

Happy jamming, and of course, happy holidays!