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The iGroove app shortly explained

Thanks to our new app, the most important functions are always at your fingertips. Here’s a brief introduction to what the iGroove app offers. The iGroove app is now available for iOS and Android. Trends In the trend tab you can see almost daily how your releases are performing and you can set different filters, […]

January 30, 2020

Thanks to our new app, the most important functions are always at your fingertips. Here’s a brief introduction to what the iGroove app offers.

The iGroove app is now available for iOS and Android.

See today what you’ll earn tomorrow.

Trends

In the trend tab you can see almost daily how your releases are performing and you can set different filters, just like with the desktop version. On the one hand there is the sorting by Top Releases, Top Songs or Top Artists (especially handy for labels) and in the upper left corner you will find additional filters that allow you to view only the numbers of a certain artist, release, song, shop, country or type. These filters can also be combined in any way you like (e.g. only the Deezer streams from Austria by artist XY).

Combine the filters as you like to analyze your numbers in detail.

At the top right you can also define the period of the trends and you can easily analyze your trend data by different periods.

In the Playlists tab you can see in which playlists your songs can be found. You can see how many streams have been generated by each playlist, how long the song has been in the playlist and how many followers it has.

In the subcategories “Stream Insights” and “More” you will find additional data about your streams and downloads.

It is important to note that the trends are only temporary income that has not yet been settled with the shops and therefore has not yet been credited to your iGroove account. So they are not yet definitive figures, we will get to those now.

All credits and debits at a glance.

Account

Under this view, you will find all debits and credits that have occurred on your iGroove account. In the credits section, you will also find more detailed information about the settlement and you can download a PDF with the details.

You can also easily transfer your credit to your bank or PayPal account here.

Transfer your credit comfortably to your bank or PayPal account.

Products

Here are all releases recorded in your account. If you need the EAN of a release or the ISRC of a track in a hurry, you will find it here immediately.

However, adding releases is only possible on the desktop version.

All your releases at a glance.

Profile

If you want to change your email, password or language, you can do so quickly and easily here.

Notifications

In the future, you’ll be able to receive notifications and information from iGroove easily and directly. This part is still under construction.

Do you have any questions about the iGroove App?

Then contact our support at support@igroovemusic.com or write us in the chat.

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The iGroove app shortly explained

January 30, 2020

Thanks to our new app, the most important functions are always at your fingertips. Here’s a brief introduction to what the iGroove app offers.

The iGroove app is now available for iOS and Android.

See today what you’ll earn tomorrow.

Trends

In the trend tab you can see almost daily how your releases are performing and you can set different filters, just like with the desktop version. On the one hand there is the sorting by Top Releases, Top Songs or Top Artists (especially handy for labels) and in the upper left corner you will find additional filters that allow you to view only the numbers of a certain artist, release, song, shop, country or type. These filters can also be combined in any way you like (e.g. only the Deezer streams from Austria by artist XY).

Combine the filters as you like to analyze your numbers in detail.

At the top right you can also define the period of the trends and you can easily analyze your trend data by different periods.

In the Playlists tab you can see in which playlists your songs can be found. You can see how many streams have been generated by each playlist, how long the song has been in the playlist and how many followers it has.

In the subcategories “Stream Insights” and “More” you will find additional data about your streams and downloads.

It is important to note that the trends are only temporary income that has not yet been settled with the shops and therefore has not yet been credited to your iGroove account. So they are not yet definitive figures, we will get to those now.

All credits and debits at a glance.

Account

Under this view, you will find all debits and credits that have occurred on your iGroove account. In the credits section, you will also find more detailed information about the settlement and you can download a PDF with the details.

You can also easily transfer your credit to your bank or PayPal account here.

Transfer your credit comfortably to your bank or PayPal account.

Products

Here are all releases recorded in your account. If you need the EAN of a release or the ISRC of a track in a hurry, you will find it here immediately.

However, adding releases is only possible on the desktop version.

All your releases at a glance.

Profile

If you want to change your email, password or language, you can do so quickly and easily here.

Notifications

In the future, you’ll be able to receive notifications and information from iGroove easily and directly. This part is still under construction.

Do you have any questions about the iGroove App?

Then contact our support at support@igroovemusic.com or write us in the chat.

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Dos and Don’ts for Streaming Promotion

November 18, 2019

If you make your music available on streaming platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer or Tidal, you naturally have the goal of achieving as many streams as possible. It is even more annoying if your release is no longer available after a short time. The focus on numbers in today’s music world tempts many to use unfair methods. But if you fall back on dubious offers, you have to reckon with the fact that your release is suddenly no longer available.

There has always been fraud in the music industry: managers bribed radios to play their artists’ songs or labels bought their own CDs to boost sales. The new technologies lead to an unprecedented number of scams. We don’t want to go into all the possibilities of manipulation in order not to bring anybody on stupid ideas. Since it may not be quite clear to some what is actually allowed and what is not, we would still like to point out the most common methods here.

Fake Streams: Hands off Playola

A simple Google search shows that there are innumerable offers on the net that should help you to increase your numbers by buying streams. Even if the websites and offers seem serious at first glance, unfortunately there are very few of them. A simple basic rule is: If an offer is so good that it can almost not be true, it is probably not true either. We have looked at numerous offers and compared them. For example, you get 10’000 streams for 19.90 Euro, most of them cost about 35 Euro. But also offers where 10’000 streams are offered for about 100 Euro are not more serious – you simply pay more for the risk of being blocked.

Many Websites offer also that you can buy streams in specific countries or exclusively Premium Streams. That sounds naturally even more tempting, also because many offerers place very good-sounding reviews of content customers on their Website. But also here the chance is very high that you are dealing with click farms or other improper methods.

Apart from the risk that the song will be removed from the platforms again, buying plays doesn’t make much sense:

Let’s say somebody wants to buy 100’000 Spotify streams, which according to the provider come exclusively from Germany. The prices for such offers vary, but you would have to reckon with about 300 Euro.

For these 100’000 streams you will receive a maximum of 300 Euro from your distributor. Financially it is therefore a a zero-sum game but with the risk of being blocked by Spotify. And don’t forget that you don’t make a long-term profit because you only increase your streams at short notice but you don’t win a real fan who will listen to the next releases and support you.

The same applies of course to the purchase of followers, streams on playlists and similar offers. Hands off!

Abnormal streaming behaviour: The release will be blocked

Spotify and its partners are known to have excellent algorithms that suggest the right music to their users. Their algorithms are just as good at detecting possible fraud. If an artist tries to increase his streams artificially, the streaming services will sooner or later find out. They don’t care if the artist has fallen for a serious offer. Spotify, for example, pays the artists according to the following principle: They take the revenue generated by subscriptions and advertising and distribute it to the various artists on the basis of the streams generated. So if someone manipulates his streaming numbers by means of a bot that always plays a song for 31 seconds (from 30 seconds on it is considered a stream), other artists earn less and in fact we can speak of theft.

When analyzing the data, streaming services shall consider the following factors:

  • Number of streams of a release per week
  • Number of users who streamed the release
  • Total number of streams / total number of users that stream the track
  • Number of tracks on the release
  • Number of short tracks on the release (< 60 seconds)
  • Number of short streams on the release (< 60 seconds)
  • Territorial activity

If one of these factors appears suspicious, the release will be blocked on the platform and the streams identified as fake will not be paid out. If the song is distributed through iGroove, we will receive a notification from the shop, whereupon we will contact the affected artist.

In most cases, we also recognize that the streaming numbers are suspicious. For example, if a German rap song generated most of its streams in the Philippines, or almost all streams were generated from free accounts or desktop devices, it is obvious that there was helped out. It is also important to note that we have no control over whether the streaming services block songs or delete illegally generated streams. The shops have the right to remove releases without warning if there is a suspicion of fraud. iGroove has no influence on this. Neither do we have any interest in music being removed, because we only earn money if it is available. Furthermore, we reserve the right to block artists who manipulate.

In rare cases, the algorithms may sound the alarm without fraud. For example, if a special promotion has caused a lot of streams in one go or a band with only a few followers suddenly has a lot of streams on one song (e.g. if their track is played in an advertisement). In such cases, however, you can also clearly tell the streaming services why the streaming numbers deviate from the norm and the song will be replayed.

In all other cases the song won’t be available and with regular cheating you risk to be banned from the platform completely. By trying to increase the income at short notice, you’ll only damages your whole career.

What kind of streaming and playlist promotions are allowed?

The rules of the streaming providers are very strict and so you could say: practically nothing. As already mentioned above, you should keep your fingers off offers that promise a fixed number of streams (especially at low prices).

Other offers are in a grey area. So it is officially not allowed to sell placements in playlists, but since this is offered by countless providers, Spotify and their partners seem to tolerate this to a large extent.

This is mainly due to the fact that bots are often used when selling a fixed number of streams and therefore no real people consume the music. Especially these bots are recognized and prevented by the algorithms.

If you buy a placement in a playlist which is then streamed by real listeners, the algorithms do not react.

iGroove offers its customers streaming promotions in cooperation with reputable partners. You can choose between different packages for playlist placements, which are divided into different genres. We offer various offers in the German-speaking area, as well as an international promotion.

You can also book offers like Playlist Push or Submithub. Simply said, you don’t pay the curators to be included in a playlist, but for their feedback. Of course, the curators also include the song in their playlist if they like it. 

Do you have an offer that makes a serious impression on you, but you’re still not sure? Then contact the iGroove-Support and get our opinion.

No songs in a permanent loop

Another popular but forbidden method is listening in a permanent loop. Of course it happens that you hear a song (even your own) four, five or 10 times in a row. It’s no problem either. Do you listen to a song for one or more days in a continuous loop? This might happen in torture prisons but certainly not with normal music consumers. The algorithms of the streaming service see this the same way and therefore a song is blocked if it is taken in permanent rotation. So you should neither listen to your own song in continuous loop nor encourage your fans to do so. This is very easy for the algorithms to recognize and the song is therefore soon no longer available and you do not see the money.

Besides obvious attempts to cheat, there are other reasons why songs can be removed from streaming platforms:

No release without all rights to the music

If you want to publish a song on the streaming platforms, one of the basic requirements is that you own all the rights to the lyrics and music.

Especially in the rap area there are sometimes problems. Here are some examples:

  • A rapper has recorded a track about the beat of the latest Travis Scott single and wants to share it with his fans. He is welcome to do it, but not via the official streaming and download shops. If you don’t have the rights to the music, you have to use other channels and make the song available to your fans as a free download, for example..
  • If rappers buy beats on the Internet, the terms of use must be read carefully. At best, you don’t have the right to publish them on all platforms with the acquired rights.
  • Occasionally it comes also with features to problems, since the publication was not discussed with these. A concrete example: we had the release of a single on iGroove, on which a number 1 rapper was a guest. As soon as this was available, the manager of the rapper intervened with the major, where he is signed. They immediately made sure that the song was taken off the platforms again. Especially with celebrity feature guests, it’s important to coordinate the release exactly.

Cover songs are an exception. You don’t have the rights to them, but it’s allowed to publish covers. However, they must be marked as covers when they are entered in the iGroove system and the authors of the original song must also be entered in the Composer and Text Author fields. This only applies if both melody and lyrics correspond exactly to the original. If you record a German version of a Beatles song, this is not considered a cover.

Faulty cover

Another reason for a takedown could be the cover of the release. You can find out what you have to look out for in the artwork in this blog post.

iGroove checks every release manually and therefore no releases with faulty covers will be delivered.

Do you have any questions about the streaming promotion?

Then contact our support at support@igroovemusic.com or write us in the chat.

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All you need to know about Shazam

September 18, 2019

What’s Shazam?

Everybody knows that: You hear a song somewhere that you don’t know and you really want to know what it is. Thanks to Shazam it’s easy: pull out your mobile phone, open the Shazam app, wait a few seconds and Shazam spits out the result. This works surprisingly well even in crowded and noisy South American buses (the author speaks from experience). According to Shazam, more than 15 billion songs have already been identified.  

This immense number makes it clear why you should make your music available to Shazam. After all, Shazam not only recognizes the songs, it also immediately offers links to Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes or Google Play (depending on whether you use an Apple or Android phone). So consumers (Shazam has 150 million active users, by the way) are just one click away from streaming / buying your music.

Shazam also offers other features like a song video, artist bio, and concert data. This blog will show you how to make sure that all this information is available.

How can I deposit my music with Shazam?

With iGroove, it’s easy. When creating the release, select Shazam as your shop and we’ll make sure your release is stored in their database. That’s it.

How can I be sure that my songs can be found on Shazam?

You’re not sure if all your songs are available at Shazam, but you don’t have the time or the desire to shazam every single track? You can do this on Shazam’s website, where you can easily search for your artist name or songs.

How can I remove my music from Shazam?

Shazam deletes all audio files once they’ve created a fingerprint. It is therefore not possible to make a takedown like with streaming providers or download shops. There is currently no way to remove music from Shazam – if your song is on Shazam, it stays there.

Where do I see how often my songs have been searched through Shazam?

Since Shazam was purchased by Apple, this information is integrated into the recently launched Apple Music for Artists. There you can check how often someone has shazamed your song for every single song and also sorted by country / city.

Apple also uses Shazam’s data to create their Discovery Charts to put upcoming artists in the spotlight early on.

How do I bring my artist biography to Shazam?

Shazam gets this information from AllMusic/ROVI. So in order to display the bio, a profile has to be created at AllMusic where you can enter the information.

Can I upload my concerts to Shazam?

Yes, that is possible. As with Spotify, this is done via Songkick. So it’s worth to create an account at Songkick so that your shows are displayed directly at Spotify, Shazam and other sites.

How do I bring my lyrics to Shazam?

As with Instagram, you can enter the lyrics via MusixMatch , which then makes them available to Shazam.

Do you have any questions about Shazam?

Then please contact our support at  support@igroovemusic.com or write us in the Chat.

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Transfer your releases to iGroove: It’s that easy!

July 10, 2019

Are you not satisfied with your previous distribution or are the offers from iGroove even more convincing than those of your previous distributor? Then nothing stands in the way of a change and even your catalogue can be migrated to iGroove without any problems. Your streams and playlist placements will be preserved in any case. We’ll explain you briefly how to bring your music to iGroove

Switch to iGroove in just a few steps

We often receive requests from artists who would like to switch to iGroove but are unsure if everything will go smoothly. Will my streams still be preserved? Will my song stay in the playlists? Will my releases be assigned to the right profile in the future? The answer is: Yes, yes and yes again :).

Here we explain in a few steps how to migrate your releases to iGroove:

  1. Apply for your account via www.igroovemusic.com 
  2. As soon as your account has been confirmed, you can enter your releases. If these releases are still available on iTunes, you can use our handy iTunes Importer tool, which automatically imports the metadata. Now you only need the cover (important in at least 3000×3000 pixels) and the audio files (WAV files in 16Bit 44,1kHz). Enter some information like price, genre etc. and your release is ready.
  3. As soon as you have registered the releases with us, you can order a takedown from your former distributor, which means that they will remove your release from all shops. At the same time you can complete your release in the iGroove-Admin and we will deliver it to the shops.
  4. For some time your release will now be available twice in the shops (how long will depend on how fast your previous distributor needs for the takedown). If you don’t want your release to be available twice, you also have the option to wait until the takedown is complete before shipping. Your release will then not be available in the shops for a few days.

If you still decide to leave your old releases with the previous distribution and only publish your future tracks via iGroove, this is no problem. At iGroove there is no exclusivity, that means you don’t have to distribute all your releases through us. But of course, it’s more convenient to have everything in one place.

Your streams and playlist placements will be preserved

Will my streams be preserved? This question is asked again and again and is understandably the greatest concern of the artists. Keeping the streams as well as the playlist placements is very simple: All you need are the ISRC codes of your songs. You should find them in the system of your previous distributor, otherwise the distributor has to be contacted to send them to you.

If you now use the same ISRCs when registering your release on iGroove as you did when you originally distributed it through the old distributor, the shops will know it’s the same release and everything will be preserved.

In addition to the ISRCs, the metadata (song title, composer, text author, features, etc.) must also be identical, especially the audio files. If you upload another version of the song that is shorter or longer, there is a risk that the streams will not be preserved, as the streaming services will consider it a different release. However, if metadata, audio file and ISRC are identical to the original delivery, we can guarantee that everything will remain the same.

Will my future releases end up in the right profile despite new sales?

The profiles at Spotify, Apple Music are managed by yourself and are therefore not tied to a distributor. It is therefore no problem at all to assign your future releases to the right profile. When you create your release at iGroove, you can deposit your profiles from Spotify and Apple Music (more infos heree), which guarantees that they will be assigned to the right profile.

Do you have any questions about switching to iGroove?

Please feel free to contact our support at support@igroovemusic.com or via Chat.

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My release never again in the wrong Spotify profile

March 4, 2019

It’s annoying: You’ve been looking forward to the release of the new single for a long time and when it comes out you notice that it ended up in the wrong Spotify profile.

So far our hands were tied and all we could do was write to Spotify and ask them to correct it. Now we have found a solution with Spotify so that from now on no release will end up in the wrong profile.

It works quite easily: you deposit the ID of your profile in our system and from now on your release will always be assigned to the correct Artist profile.

There are two ways to store your Spotify ID as well as the Apple Music ID:

When you record your release:

As soon as you enter the name of the artist or feature, the following pop-up will appear:

You can now search for the artist name

If you want to be on the safe side, you can also search for the link at Spotify or Apple Music and enter it manually.

This works as follows:

Spotify:

Go to your profile, choose the symbol with the three dots (more), go to Share and finally click on Copy artist link.

Now insert this link in the field “Specify Spotify Profile”.

Apple:

Search for your profile at Apple Music, click on the symbol with the three dots, choose “Share artist” and then “Copy link”.

On iTunes, the icon looks a little different, but the principle is the same.

Insert this link under “Specify Apple Music Profile”.

Add to “My Artists”

The second solution for capturing the links can also be found in your iGroove account. Select the menu item “My Profile” and go to the tab “Artist IDs”.

Here you can find a list of all artists who were involved in the releases on your account. Now select “edit” for the corresponding artist.

Here you can enter the Spotify ID as well as the ID for Apple Music / iTunes.

As soon as you have entered all links for yourself and your features, you will never see a release in the wrong profile again.

It’s my first release, what can I do?

In this case you have to wait until your first release is released and Spotify respectively Apple Music have created a profile for you. Do you want to be on the safe side? Contact us about a week before the release and we will check for you in Spotify’s system if they have really created a new profile for you or if you will end up with another artist.

Once your release is released and you have a profile, you can add the links to your iGroove account. It is also important to verify your profiles with both Spotify and Apple Music.

If you have any questions you can contact us at support@igroovenext.com at any time melden.

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Verify your Spotify account!

October 9, 2017

Becoming a verified artist at Spotify has never been easier! Until now you had to have 250 followers but now the offer is open to all artists and labels.

Verification of your Spotify account is easy

It’s easy to get yourself verified.

Go to the following link and answer the questions that will ensure that you are authorized to access. A few days later you are a verified artist. You can tell by the small blue check mark on your profile.

Why do I have to be a verified artist?

There are several reasons for this. Probably the most important ones are the playlists. Basically you can also be included in playlists as a non-verified artist, but the chance is much smaller. If you are verified, you will be taken more seriously, rather taken up by algorithms or even selected by the spotify curators.

Use Verified Artist Features

As a verified artist you can also make use of various features.

Insert profile picture and bio

For example, you have the possibility to insert an artist profile picture or your biography. You can also add your tour dates and even your merchandise.

Share playlists

You can also share playlists directly with your fans. You have the possibility to place songs, albums or playlists on top of your profile (Artist’s Pick).

Evaluate song analyses

Particularly valuable are the detailed analyses of your Top 1000 songs, with which you can find out exactly who is listening to your music.

More information can be found here.

Start your artist profile at Spotify

Even if you don’t need 250 followers anymore, it’s still worth motivating people to follow you on Spotify. Therefore, integrate your Spotify profile wherever you can, whether on your website, in the description of your videos or on social media.

Do you have questions about the Spotify Artist profile?

Just send us an email to support@igroovemusic.com or sign up here for a phone call and we’ll call you back.

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A good music cover – why it is important

September 13, 2017

Who has already delivered some releases to the shops via iGroove may have already received a message from us regarding the music cover quality. Even if one or the other might have felt so: No, we don’t do this for fun or for sadistic or other dark motives. The reason why we regularly have to reject cover images is simple: the shops have defined rules that we have to follow.

Cover up: Streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify are picky

One of these rules says that the music cover image must be delivered in the size 3000 x 3000 (see iTunes under point 17, similar to Spotify). Especially because of this admittedly quite opulent size many of the submitted music covers fail as they are pixelated.

Our tips for a good cover image

Here are some tips from our in-house graphic designer on how to avoid this:

  • It makes no sense to artificially extrapolate the images. Even the starting material must have the right size and quality.
  • Take care not to distort the album or single images (e.g. to turn a 4000×2000 image into a 3000×3000 image).
  • If an image is to be blurred as a stylistic device, make sure that all other elements (typography, logos, etc.) are sharp.
  • Many problems start with the image material. Take the pictures with a good camera and in optimal quality.
  • If you scan these images then also in the highest possible resolution / quality.
  • Note that cover images can be compressed when sent (e.g. via Skype), so there is a loss of quality.
  • In programs as for example Photoshop use the colour mode RGB (for screen) and not CMYK (for print).
  • Save the cover image in jpg format.

Album cover as an art form

That was all a bit regulatory and technical, because actually a cover is (or at least could be) one thing above all: art. A nice album cover is part of the whole artwork and ideally completes your music. Unfortunately, in our daily work we also encounter many lovelessly designed cover images. These artists seem to forget that in most cases a consumer – whether in a record store, at Spotify or iTunes – first sees the cover of your work before checking out the music.

I don’t know about you but I’ve already listened to many releases just because I liked the cover although I’ve never heard of the artist before. The opposite can also be the case; an ugly album cover or one that doesn’t fit with the music can keep many people from giving your songs a chance in the first place.        

Artwork als Teil des Releases
Artwork als Teil des Releases

An artwork is part of the release

As mentioned above, it can be that your release doesn’t even make it so far that consumers can decide whether to listen to it or not. Specifically, when the shops (or we as a stopover to them) reject the artwork.

As said before, many cover images fail because of the quality. But there are also some other points you have to consider:

  • The information on the cover must match the information you provide to us in the system. If you enter “Cats On The Street” as album title, the cover should not say “Cats”.
  • If you release a single, you may not simply use the album cover again. Each release needs a separate cover image.
  • All the information about the artists and features must match. If there is a feature on the cover, this must also be specified in the metadata.
  • If you cover the Beatles (basically covers are a tricky topic – but let’s talk about that later) you can’t simply put the faces of Paul, John, Ringo and whatever the fourth one was called on the cover of your work.
  • Anything you don’t own the rights to has no place on the album or single cover. This is especially true for logos of brands. You’re the proud owner of a Gucci purse or Yeezy sneakers – we’re happy for you, but it doesn’t belong on the cover. The borrowed Bentley doesn’t belong on the cover either nor does your beloved Hennessy bottle and just because you claim to have founded the Wu-Tang-Chapter of Plymouth doesn’t give you the right to plant the Wu logo on your artwork. If you are unsure, ask us first if it is possible (in most cases the answer is: No).
  • It is important that you also mark the explicit songs as such in the metadata, but the “Parental Advisory” note on the cover image is not mandatory. It can of course only be used if at least one song of the release is marked as “explicit”.
  • Contact information has nothing to do on the cover picture. You can store these in your artist profiles.
  • Advertising messages belong on banners but not on covers. So don’t post messages like “buy my album now” or messages like “available now”.
  • Also the product format must not be mentioned, e.g. CD, vinyl or digital.
  • Exept your own and your label’s, logos don’t belong on the cover. Especially not those of shops like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon etc.. It must also not be mentioned in the text (e.g. Now available at Spotify).
  • Barcodes: These belong on the back of a physical product and not on the cover of a digital release.
  • It’s also not allowed to put the price of the release on the cover picture (now only 1 Euro). Also forbidden are references like “Free”.
  • Pornographic images and other obscenities will also be rejected.
  • Right-wing extremist artworks will not only be rejected, the artist will also be banned for life at iGroove.

After these many prohibitions now some things you may do, to loosen up the situation:

  • There are also various rules for album and song titles (e.g. not everything may be written in capital letters). “But Kendrick is allowed to do that too! – You are not Kendrick”). The good news is: On the cover you can write everything as you like.
  • As mentioned above, each release needs a separate cover. However, it is allowed to use the same image several times as long as the text change (e.g. for singles).
  • It is also possible to upload a cover without any text. This image must not be used a second time unless text is added.
  • Under certain conditions it’s allowed to put the name of the artist you cover (the cover topic is tricky but we already had that…) on the cover if: :
    – It’s a tribute release and not just a one-off cover
    – Your artist name is noted larger than the one you cover
    – The note “Tribute to” is larger written than the name of the covered artist
  • If you want to release a karaoke release (our tip: don’t do it) you have to add following to the cover: “Originally performed by ….”.

Our last tip: Don’t just tinker something on any programs yourself but get a professional! Not only for creative reasons it is worth working with a graphic designer, but also to avoid unnecessary delays due to poor quality of the artwork.

You don’t have a graphic designer in your circle of acquaintances? No problem: iGroove also offers to create your artwork.

Do you have questions about the music cover picture?

Just send us an email to support@igroovemusic.com or sign up here for a phone call and we’ll call you back.

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How to create and edit your Apple Music artist profile?

May 13, 2017

On every platform where your own music is available, you should be able to present yourself to potential buyers as good as possible. At Apple Music, the solution is Apple Music Connect. Fans can follow their favourite artists and everyone who has bought or added your music automatically becomes a follower. That’s why it’s important to edit your artist profile on Apple Music.

Apple Music artist profile – free promotion for you

This function is available to all artists whose music can be found on Apple Music. Since this is free of charge, you should not miss this opportunity. Unlike other providers, you are free as an artist. What you want to share with your fan community – videos, lyrics, pictures, tour dates or other messages – is completely open. The fans can link, comment or share your posts via social networks, mail or iMessage.

Request access to Apple Music artist profile

The first step is to use this link to request access to your Apple Music artist profile. For this you need your Apple ID and of course your password.

Create an artist profile on Apple Music – Step 1 

Once you have entered this click on the + symbol in the upper left corner of the screen.

Create an artist profile on Apple Music – Step 2

Then click again on + next to “Artist”.

Search by name or iTunes link for yourself or your band, then click Add.

Create an artist profile on Apple Music – Step 3

The next step is to specify your relationship to the artist. Are you yourself or do you represent the management or the label?


Finally, you have to fill in some information and press “Send”. Apple will review your registration and email you when your Connect account is ready to use. 

Edit artist profile on Apple Music

Once you have access, you can edit your Connect account. You’ll need to log into Apple Music or iTunes. Then click “new post” and select the band profile of the artist you’d like to post something for. Now you can add content, photos, and video.

It is important that you own the rights to the content you post. You can’t earn money with these posts. This is only possible with streams (Apple Music) or downloads (iTunes). But it is another tool to be in contact with your fans.

What content can I post in the artist profile?

You can post JPEG and PNG images, audio files (up to 90 minutes) and videos (up to 8 minutes). Once you’ve recorded the content on your iPhone or iPad, you can use the Apple Music app to transfer it directly to your artist profile on Apple Music.

Fans can view your content on any device, but as artists you must post it on an Apple device. At the very least, Apple will provide an “embeded player” that you can use to share your posted content.

You can find more information about the upload here.

You can find out how to create an artist profile on Spotify here.

Do you have questions about your Apple Music artist profile?

Just email us at support@igroovemusic.com or via Chat.

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