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We are musicians ourselves and see it as our mission to help artists increase their revenues and build a sustainable business. Every day we ask ourselves the question how we can better fulfill this task in the future. In addition to the permanent development of our own software and services, we attach great importance to fair prices, transparency and excellent support.
No. All you have to do is read and accept our terms and conditions, then you can start right away.
Of course, you keep all rights to your music. We only need the rights for the digital distribution of the uploaded songs for the music stores and countries you select.
You can quit at any time. There is no minimum term or hidden cost to cancel.
The iGroove support team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Write an email to email@example.com or contact our Support Hotline Tel +41 55 648 09 09
You need an artwork and the audio files.
The following formats are required:
Depending on the number of tracks, the shops differ between the release types “Single”, “EP” and “Album”. Unfortunately there is no uniform regulation for all shops, but for releases distributed via iGroove:
1-2 Songs = Single
3-7 Songs = EP
8+ Songs = Album
An album can contain a maximum of 100 songs.
Yes, if you create a release in your account, you have the possibility to set the release date, if the release date is in the future it will be listed in the shops as “Pre-orderable”. On iTunes and Google Play your release will go online quickly (approx. 3-4 working days). The listing of your release on the streaming portals like Spotify, Deezer or TIDAL takes place on the release date. You can also set the start date for streaming to a later date.
Release date: refers to all shops where your release can be purchased (downloads).
Streaming date: refers only to the streaming providers. So it is possible to stream your release e.g. one week later than it is available for sale.
Pre-sale date: thanks to this you can make your release available in the download shops before the actual sales start and collect important sales for the first chart week.
Original Release Date: If you enter a release that is already a bit older, you can enter the original release date here. With the streaming release date you define when the release should be released and with the original release date you make sure that a release which has been released in 2016 for example, is stored with the corresponding date on Spotify and that the order of your releases is correct.
You can store your Spotify or Apple ID in your iGroove profile (My Profile -> My Artists) or directly when creating the release. This guarantees that your release will be added to the correct profile. If there is no ID or an incorrect ID, we cannot guarantee that the release will be added to the correct profile.
Yes, you can edit your release at any time. If it has not yet been delivered to the shops, changes can be made free of charge, a small fee will be charged after delivery.
After delivery it is no longer allowed to change the tracklist, remove or add songs or change the codes (EAN / ISRC). However, audio files, covers or metadata can still be edited after delivery.
Yes, this is also possible for releases that have already been released. Please contact our support team via LiveChat or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then get in touch with the various stores so that all streams, followers and playlist placements are still present after the name change.
As soon as we have received the confirmation of the stores, your releases will be unlocked and you can change the artist name. We will then re-deliver the releases to the shops.
Due to this manual effort we charge a one-time fee of 13 EUR / CHF 15.- per release.
No. All you have to do is own the copyrights to the songs. This means that you have created the works yourself without using lyrics, melodies or samples of other people’s works, unless you own the licenses for commercial use. As a member of a collecting society, you must independently register all your works with your collecting society.
The most important stores are listed on the homepage. Among them are:
iTunes / Apple Music
The complete and updated shop list is directly visible in your account when you create a new release.
These fields are optional and can be left blank accordingly. In this case, “iGroove” is automatically specified as the label. So if you want to enter your copyright, label or (P)-note, the fields are at your disposal. In most cases, the (P) note must also contain the label.
With the release you get all codes for your release for free:
When you enter your release, you can indicate in the tracklist for each song whether it is instrumental (type of recording). If a song is marked as “instrumental”, it is not necessary to enter a text author. Otherwise the release can be entered as usual.
When you enter your live release, you must indicate in the track list for each live song whether it contains a live recording. Enter Live in the “Track Version” field.
Covers are always a delicate topic and we recommend that you contact our support before publishing them.
It is important to indicate the authors of the original in the fields composer and text author.
Unfortunately we do not offer the distribution of classical music at the moment.
The status of the delivery is visible in your account. If you click on the relevant release under “My Products”, you will find a detailed overview of the releases sent to the music stores you have selected under the menu item “Music Stores”. Apart from this, you will also receive a notification via e-mail after successful delivery to the shops.
This is different for all stores and can last from a few days to two to three weeks (for smaller shops). This depends on the shops and their processes.
We recommend that you enter the release at least two weeks before the planned release date, if you want to pitch the release or set up an advance sale even earlier. For example, Spotify explicitly requires that releases be delivered at least five days before the release date to guarantee that they will be available on the desired day.
We deliver the releases daily from Monday to Friday. If a release was added before 12 noon, it will be delivered on the same day.
As soon as your release goes LIVE after successful delivery to the stores, i.e. when it is available in the stores, you will receive an email in which you will find the links to all shops as well as your personal link site. The link site summarizes the links for all shops, clearly arranged on a page with your individual URL.
You can also find your link site including all store links in your account by selecting the relevant release under “My Products” and then clicking the menu item “Link Site”.
The registration for the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Austria happens automatically and free of charge with the publication via iGroove.
iGroove sales (via SMS Keyword, via iGroove.eu, via SMSTracks.com etc.) also count in Switzerland for the charts.
Spotify: If you already have a release that is available on Spotify, you can simply follow the steps in the blog linked below. If you want to have your profile verified before your first release, for example to pitch, you can contact our support at email@example.com and we will send you your artist URI to verify your profile.
Apple Music: In order to verify your profile, at least one release must be available. Once this is the case it only takes a few steps.
How you can verify your profiles, you can read in these two blog posts:
Yes, there is the possibility to make your music available at Beatport. In comparison to other stores, there are various restrictions. The most important criteria first: Beatport is a shop that is completely specialized in electronic music. Beatport is therefore particularly suitable for DJ’s and producers, but not for rap, pop or rock releases. Also Beatport decides which releases they want to offer and which they don’t.
Therefore you have to fill out this form first so that we can check if your releases are suitable for Beatport. You can choose whether you want to make your releases available on the iGroove label (free) or register your own label (one-time fee EUR 39 / CHF 45).
As soon as your label profile has been set up by Beatport, your previous releases can be delivered. For future releases you can select Beatport directly when creating the release.
Beatport also reserves the right to remove releases from their shop that sell little or nothing over a longer period of time. iGroove has no influence on that.
iGroove pays you 92% of the net revenue generated by third-party shops such as iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon etc.. iGroove AG’s own download shops and tools (purchase via SMSTracks.com, SMS or Widget) work with a fair trade shop commission of 8% of the sales price.
Important to know: The external music stores (iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc.) only pay a portion of the sales price to the artists / partners or primarily to us as distributor. Depending on the Music Store, these payments can vary. For example, iTunes pays us an amount of about EUR 0.71 for a song download with a sales price of EUR 0.99 as distribution. This value can fluctuate, because for example the deductions can vary by different taxation. (For example the value added tax: Germany 19%, Switzerland 8%) In the end, 92% of the net revenues does not mean 92% of the sales price, but 92% of what the music stores pay us.
Sale via iTunes
Selling price EUR 0.99 (CHF 1.50)
Payment from iTunes EUR 0.71 (CHF 0.86)
Commission (8%) EUR -0.06 (CHF -0.07)
Artist gets EUR 0,65 (CHF 0,79)
Sale via SMSTracks.com (without SMS) (1 song)
Selling price EUR 0,99 / CHF 1,50
Artist gets EUR 0,60 / CHF 1,08
Sale via SMS Switzerland CHF (1 Song)
Selling price CHF 1,50
Artist gets CHF 0,78
The revenue from streams varies and depends on various factors, such as in which country the song was streamed and how relevant your artist profile is.
The approximate payout per 1000 streams is:
Spotify: EUR 3,50
Deezer: EUR 4,50
AppleMusic: EUR 5,50
TIDAL: EUR 8,00
These are standard values. They are for reference only. All data without guarantee. You can find the exact details of your income in your account. If you have further questions please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can track your sales directly from your iGroove account at any time. There are two different views available.
Sales trends view: Here you can see all your download and streaming revenue updated daily. The data is visible with a delay of two days. The trends are called trends because the numbers they provide have not yet been settled with the individual music stores and therefore have not yet been credited to you. The final settlement can slightly deviate from the sales trends due to currency fluctuations and corrections by the music stores.
Credits view: Here you can see all your download and streaming revenues that have already been billed to the individual music stores. Once a month a credit invoice will be created and credited directly to your account. Depending on the shop, it can take up to six months for a download from the sales trend view to be billed to the music stores. This is due to the fact that certain shops only bill their partners twice a year.
At the beginning of each month you will receive a monthly invoice via email with one month’s delay. That means, if you publish a release sometime in January, you will get the billing for the month January at the beginning of March.
The email with the invoice will give you a first impression of the performance of your music in that month. It shows you your top release (including income) as well as your top song (including income). You can get a more detailed insight into the statistics of your releases in your iGroove account. There you can also download your statement as an XLS file or as a PDF invoice.
You can transfer money from your account to your bank or PayPal account at any time. The transfer usually takes 7-10 business days. At the latest, however, after 20 working days the money is completely transferred. Amounts can only be paid out from a minimum amount of CHF 30 / EUR 25.
Just place a trial order via iTunes or another music store. After 1-2 days, the download will appear in your sales trends. If you place an order on iGroove.eu, the download will even appear in your account after a few hours. Please keep in mind that there may be occasional delays in the transmission of sales figures from the music stores. Unfortunately, we have no influence on this.
In rare cases, a Music Store may make complaints about corrections or reversals, for example, due to cancellations. These are then automatically matched against your sales trends. The sales trends therefore do not show any definite sales figures. Only the monthly statements show the revenue effectively settled with the Music Stores.
You can redeem the voucher code wherever an open invoice is displayed. Simply use the corresponding input field “redeem voucher” next to the payment methods.
iGroove offers you a variety of useful tools and services to promote your music or video. In some cases even for free!
From YouTube promotion to playlist pitching, you’ll find many interesting options. All available services and tools can be found in your iGroove account.