Just like the rest of us, our friends at iTunes, Amazon Music, and other stores need some time off for the holidays, too! It’s important to plan ahead of time to ensure that your music makes its way to iTunes & other stores for the largest music-buying season of the year.

  • Between November 23rd and December 1st, there will be delays getting music onto iTunes.
  • Between December 22nd and December 29th, iTunes will shut down for new music distribution and no new music will go live. (This includes pre-orders, which need to be scheduled for release before 12/22.)
  • Between December 20th and January 4th, there will be delays for all stores.

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!

Feature considerations for all releases with release dates through 12/16 should be submitted to TuneCore by 11/19. Feature considerations for all releases between 12/17 and 1/6 should be submitted to TuneCore by 12/1. These dates are subject to change without notice.

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

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

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