General FAQ ______

So what is a DELIVER MY TUNE anyway?

The Short Answer:
DELIVER MY TUNE is one of the first aggregator based website of Digital Music Distribution in India work for independent music. We offer a host of artist services digital distribution.

The Long Answer:
We are based in New Delhi India, the land of rituals culture and a hell lot of fork music so almost everyone over here is born and brought up in a surrounding where we not only listen but also understand and respect the music and the artist.
So come along with us, it’s a mutual give and take, we will help you get what you well deserve and you just carry on with the thing you are best in.

How do I sign up?
Simple. Click here.

Can anyone sign up?
You must be at least 14 years old. If you've lived that long and want to sell music, we're here for you.

How does the money work?
We keep 10% of all digital music sales, including download and streaming revenue from our digital partners
There is a one-time $29.99 for 50songs, $59.99 for more than 50 songs and $9.99 for a single, charge to set up, with everything described in the answer below.

What exactly is the $29.99 fee for?
For EVERY album that comes in, we...
scan the album cover - cropping, balancing, and tweaking the colors to make it look as good as we can resize the album cover into 4 different sizes for different uses on the website.
convert the audio on the CD into FLAC files into MP3 and .WAV files - just for the songs and lengths you chose.
convert the .WAV files into MP3 files, then to lo-res MP3 files.
upload all the audio files to the server, create linking files to them, and update the database to say which tracks have been successfully uploaded.
create a web page just for your album PLUS an artist page where you can put your bio and photo. Don't worry, we'll send you an email when your music is live.

Is my personal information secure?
Our site is secure, but only the pages where you would enter any personal information. The secure pages on our site use a full use a strong 2048-bit encryption (which indeed is the highest encryption in the world) SSL connection to protect all of your private information from snooping eyes. This is the same kind of online security system used by banks, so your info is totally secure!
Please know that keeping your personal information secure is a top priority here at DELIVER MY TUNE. We will never give out or sell your personal information.
What if I need to cancel an album or single?

To cancel digital distribution, please log into your account and click the “view/edit” button next to the release you want to cancel. On the edit menu, under "Album info" or "Single info" choose “Cancel this album” or “Cancel this single.”
And it will cost you $20.
Fill out the form and submit.
We will issue take-down notices to our partners and your content will be removed from their sites within 60 days. Cancellation is permanent and irreversible. You may not cancel multiple releases at once. You will need to cancel each title individually.

To cancel digital distribution, please email us at contact@delivermytune.com and let us know that you’d like to cancel.

Artist and Album Pages FAQ ______

What kind of information belongs in my style description and bio?

There are no rules. Just make sure that whatever you write is captivating (and TRUE!). Grab the reader's attention and leave an impression so that they'll want to click to hear the sample clips. Be sure to use some keywords, though, because your style description will be searchable. You can change the text at any time, so try out a few different approaches and see what works.

UPC Bar Code FAQ ______

What is a UPC bar code and why do I need one?

A UPC bar code is a unique 12-digit serial number that identifies your specific product (in this case, an album) amongst all the other products on the marketplace. You need a UPC if you want to:
take advantage of our digital distribution program
take advantage of our in-store distribution program
This is because all of these organizations track and report sales based on the UPC code.
If you already have a UPC code for your album, you can use that one. If not, you can easily purchase one from us.
We can make you your own permanent UPC bar code for only $10 for an album/single song/s.
You may have heard that UPC bar codes cost $1000. You could go register as a company with the GS1 organization, and pay them $1000 to be a GS1 member. They would assign you a UPC prefix, and you could release thousands of products under that company registration.
But most of us independent artists are only going to release a few records - and paying $1000 wipes out all the profit you'd make from your first 100 album sales.
So - DELIVER MY TUNE has paid the $1000, and can give you your own unique UPC bar code for only $10 for an album/single song/s. It will be entirely yours, forever.

Why is it NOT OK for me to change my album's UPC bar code?
A UPC bar code identifies an individual product in the marketplace. If you want SoundScan to track each sale, then you should purchase a valid unique bar code for your album/single and have all sales tallied and reported according to THAT serial number. However, if you assign another album's bar code to a new release, combine two bar code numbers, or make up an invalid bar code number, you may be removed from DELIVER MY TUNE or any of our third party distributors (digital and in-store). Using an incorrect or invalid bar code causes serious confusion for our distribution partners and can potentially limit another artist's ability to have their sales reported accurately.

Digital Distribution FAQ ______

What is iTunes™ Match (iTunes™ in the Cloud), and how does it work?

iTunes™ Match allows users to store all their digital music (including songs they've imported from CDs) in the cloud. This way, users can access their entire music library wherever they go; their music won't be tethered to one device or computer.

iTunes™ will determine which songs in their music collection are available in the iTunes™ Store; those tracks will automatically be added to the iCloud for them to listen to on any device that supports iTunes™.

How much will I make from iTunes™ Match for the use of my content?
iTunes™ will issue payment for every play that takes place through iTunes™ Match. The per-play rate varies based on subscription revenue, exchange rates, and total number of plays. Pay rates should look similar to streaming services such as Spotify.

Can I opt out of participating in iTunes™ Match?
No. You would have to end your distribution to iTunes™ in full.

When will I see iTunes™ Match payments in my account?
iTunes™ Match payments will be reported at the same time as your regular monthly iTunes™ sales, but under a separate partner name (iTunes™ Match – Country)

Why can't I use more than one digital distribution company for my album?
Just like in the physical world, there can't be more than one music distributor bringing the same album to the same store. Otherwise, when the album sells, how would the store know which distributor to pay?
We will never prevent you from doing anything you want with your music.
For YOUR sake, though, please note: If you sign two digital distribution deals with two companies that will both be sending the same album to iTunes™, Rhapsody, etc - this will hurt you, because the retailer will usually remove the album completely until you decide which distributor has the exclusive right to be selling that album through them.

How long does it take for you to start sending my music to the digital distribution partners?
Once you and our inspector team have both approved your album or single for release, we'll begin delivering your music immediately. After that, it wil take our other digital distribution partners, times vary according to their processing speeds. Most of our partners post new content for sale on their sites 1-4 weeks after delivery. Please keep this in mind if you are planning a release date.

How long does it take to show up on the music services once you deliver it?
Each company is different. It can take several weeks to several months for some of our other partners to post your music for sale on their site. Once we send it to them, it's out of our hands and they do what they can to get it imported and active in their service. We push them to get it added as soon as possible, and they always do it as soon as they can.

Will you tell me when my music is up on their site?

We wish we could. Almost none of these companies let us know when your music is active! We're surprised and disappointed at this, and hope it will change some day. But for now, we don't know when your music is active on their site.

My friend downloaded my song yesterday - when do I see that in my report - and get paid?

Most companies only report to us every 1 - 3 months. Apple, for example, sends us the monthly report about 4-6 weeks after the month is finished. Meaning: you won't see your January sales until the first week of March. Some companies report a full 3 months after the quarter is done. But we ALWAYS show you everything we get as soon as we get it, add the money to your account immediately and pay you the next Monday.

I spelled one of my track titles wrong, can this be fixed with digital distribution partners?

We are able to make a few very small corrections with most of our partners. If you notice something wrong with one of your albums on a partner site, please file a report and mail us "contact@delivermytune.com” . Please note that we can make some corrections to the text on the partner page, we cannot make any changes to the album. For example: if your track title is misspelled, our partners will let us fix that. If you want to change your artist name or artwork to something new, you would need to submit a new album.
But don't worry! Before we send your album off to our partners, not only do we inspect it closely to be sure that all the info is correct (publishers, composers, bar code), we give you a final chance to approve all your album info. Once you've approved your digital distribution summary, the info is locked for our partners.

Can I release just a single into digital distribution?

Yes! For a low signup fee of $9.99 you can sell a single through our digital distribution program. Sign up here.

My album has songs over 10 minutes long, will they be available for $.99?

Most digital retailers do not take into consideration track length when pricing songs in their store. For example, if you submit an album with one track that is one hour in length, it will download for the same price as a 2-3 minute song.

What kind of audio should I upload?

Upload a high quality file in either FLAC file format. File must be stereo, 44.1 kHz sample rate, and 16bit.

Can DELIVER MY TUNE deliver my ringtone album to iTunes™?

No, we cannot deliver ringtone albums to iTunes™. While iTunes™ does have a dedicated storefront for pre-cut ringtones, we do not currently deliver this type of album to their service. If you sign up a ringtone album (full of snippets or 30-sec tracks), we cannot deliver it to the iTunes™ store.

Who do you consider the "composer" and where do I enter that information in my account?

A "composer" is someone who contributed to the writing of the music and/or lyrics of a composition/song. If you're distributing a version of a song you did not write, to ensure quick distribution and legal compliance, it is important that you list the names of the original composers.

What kinds of things are not allowed in my artwork, according to your digital retail partners' guidelines?

Our digital partners' artwork guidelines do not allow the attributes listed below. We will need a replacement file if artwork displays any of the following:
• Website URL
• Social network symbols or information (i.e., Facebook links, Twitter handles, etc).
• Contact information (i.e., email addresses, phone number)
• Pornographic images
• Pricing information
• Copyrighted images
• Scan of a CD (it must be retail-ready artwork)
• UPC barcodes
• Tribute albums where the original artist name is as large as or larger than the performing artist
• The cover art refers to physical or digital versions of the album (i.e., CD, Disc, Digital Exclusive, Digital Version, etc)
• The cover image is blurry, pixilated or has other quality issues
• The cover art promises content that the album doesn't contain (i.e., "includes DVD", "includes free stickers", etc)
• The cover art up-sells to another product (i.e., merch, other albums by same artist, etc)
• The cover art claims to be an exclusive of one of our digital partners without their permission (i.e., iTunes™ Exclusive, Only on Amazon MP3, etc)

How do I differentiate two different versions of the same song on an album?

Each track on an album should have its own unique title, or language that distinguishes it as a unique version of another song on the same album. The information that identifies a track as a unique version should appear after the track title in parenthesis (i.e., Track Title (Live)). Examples of differentiating titles can include, but are not limited to:
• Live
• Remastered
• Bonus Track Version
• Deluxe Version
• Soundtrack from the Motion Picture
• Soundtrack from the TV Series
• Music from the TV Series
• Score Radio Edit Remix
• Acoustic Version
• Demo
• Instrumental Version
• Re-Recorded Version
• Karaoke Version

How do I list my artist names if there are multiple performing artists?

If your album has 4 or more performing artists listed on the tracks (i.e., a compilation), then it must include "Various Artists" as the album's artist name. The artist name for the tracks should then list out every performing artist on each track. This is a requirement of some our digital partner sites.

Why is it important to list explicit content correctly?

Many of our digital partners have parental controls available that will prevent explicit content from being displayed to children who visit their store. It is a requirement that explicit tracks are correctly labeled when an album is signed-up with us for distribution. Failure to correctly identify explicit content may result in your album being removed from one or more of our partner stores after it has been delivered.

Cover Songs, Copyrights, Samples, and Royalties FAQ ______

Do I need to own all the rights to the music I'm selling?

YOU NEED FULL PERMISSION TO DO THIS!

You must own the copyright for the sound recordings or have the authority or permission from the owner(s).
If you didn't write the song/composition, that's OK, but you must find out who the copyright owners are, and pay the publisher their mechanical royalties the same way you would for CDs sold, but based on your download/sales activity.
If you have samples in your music, they must all be legally cleared and paid-for. No "mix tapes" of other people's music, even if you are mixing in your own music.
It's VERY important you have all rights and permission! Files distributed on the internet are watched very carefully by lawyers. You can't just "get away with it". Do everything thoroughly and legit.
If you have cover songs (artist performing someone else's songs) on your CD, please make sure you read the answer to the next few questions, too.

What IS a cover song?

A cover song is your recording of a song that you didn't write
... assuming that song had previously been released in the USA
... with consent of the copyright owner (the songwriter/publisher)

Examples: You recording your version of a Bob Dylan or Cole Porter song, or a song you have to pay the publisher (copyright owner) to create copies of.

What is NOT a cover song?

A song you wrote
A song you co-wrote with someone
A song someone gave you permission to record and release, but has never been recorded and released before.
An old song that is now in public domain (like classical music or songs before 1923)
An old traditional song (like Ave Maria or Amazing Grace)
A song you don't have to pay to create copies of.

What do you mean by "PUBLISHER"?

The publisher is the owner of the copyright to a song (The song, not the recording. Just the words and music. Melody, harmony, lyrics.)
If you or a songwriter you know has never signed away their publishing rights to a publishing deal, then the songwriter IS the publisher.
Don't get this word confused with a sheet music publisher or CD manufacturer. It has nothing to do with that. In this case "publisher" just means "copyright owner of the song itself".

Why do you say ASCAP, BMI, or Harry Fox are not the Publisher?

ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, Harry Fox, SOCAN - are NOT publishers!
ASCAP, BMI and SESAC are three companies in America that collect the broadcast ("performing rights") money for songwriters, so they can get paid for their music being used on radio and TV broadcasts. We don't need to know if a song is ASCAP or BMI. They don't matter here.

How do I find the publisher?

It's usually listed in the album credits in the original (or cover) version of a song.
The contract you signed said you had taken care of all of this already AND gotten permission from the publisher!
But we realized a lot of people didn't actually get permission first, so we're trying to help keep you out of trouble. So, it is better to take permission ASAP.

Members Account Issues FAQ ______

Your system won't take my bar code! What's up with that?

First: make sure you're entering exactly 12 or 13 numbers. If it's telling you the bar code you're entering is already taken, make sure you have not used that same bar code yourself on another album. If not, let us know the code and we'll try to help.

I entered "none" or "unknown" for the composer or publisher, but you still won't take it! Why?

If it's an old traditional song (say, over 100 years old), then you can put "traditional" as the composer, and "public domain" as the publisher. If it's NOT an old traditional song, but you just don't know who wrote it, you need to do more research! You're not supposed to be recording and releasing someone else's song without paying the copyright owner of that song anyway, so if you don't know who it is, you're probably breaking the copyright law and we can't be putting that out into the lawyer-infested waters of digital distribution, until you do things correctly.

I already got permission for my cover song when I pressed my CD. Am I covered for downloads, too?

You need two different permissions for CD sales and digital sales. You can go to RightsFlow to get the DPDs (the mechanical licenses for digital sales). For more information, check out the info listed under "How can I sell an album that has cover songs?" above.

I want to make some updates to my CD - add new songs, give it a new album cover, use my new name. Is that possible?

From our computer's point of view, that's a new album. New songs = new album = new submission needed. If you've really changed your existing album so much, then sign up the new one as a new album, and once it's up and selling, pull down the old one.

Where are the ISRC codes you assigned to my songs?

Log in to your account, and click "view/edit" for the album or single you'd like to view.You will see the ISRC allotted to every song in your album.

Uploader FAQ ______

What kind of files should I upload?

FLAC file formats. Files must be stereo, 44.1 kHz sample rate, and 16bit.
Please note that your tracks must meet all of our and our partner's standards before we begin processing your album submission. If there are any problems, we will email you immediately so you can upload new tracks.

Why don't you recommend I upload MP3s?

It's like this: every file is encoded and any quality reduction is locked in. We encode many different formats for our various digital partners. If you upload MP3 files (which are not full quality) the files we send to our partners will not only have the inherent quality loss of the format we encode to, but will also have the quality loss of the format you sent us. So uploading MP3s is kind of like taking a picture of a picture with a digital camera and emailing it to us. Then when we encode it to send it to partners, it's like we print out the picture of a picture, take a picture of it with a digital camera, and email it to them. It makes much more sense if you send us the original picture, i.e. FLAC or WAV files.

What kind of image file should I upload?

Your cover art must be:

• 1400 x 1400 pixels
• JPG file type
• 72 - 300dpi (300dpi is the best)
• Less than 25mb
• RGB color scheme (not CMYK)

How long will it take for my cover art to display in my member account?

Be sure to click the "confirm uploaded album art" button after selecting your cover art! Once you've confirmed your uploaded album art, it will take between 24 and 48 hours to appear in your member account.

What happens if my cover art image is not perfectly square?

These 'black bars' will appear anywhere your cover art is displayed, including our digital partner sites!

What kinds of things are not allowed on my cover art?

You may NOT upload artwork that displays the following:

• Website URL
• Social network symbols or information (i.e., Facebook links, Twitter handles, etc).
• Contact information (i.e., email addresses, phone number)
• Pornographic images
• Pricing information
• Copyrighted images
• Scan of a CD (it must be retail-ready artwork)
• UPC barcodes
• Tribute albums where the original artist name is as large as or larger than the performing artist
• The cover art refers to physical or digital versions of the album (i.e., CD, Disc, Digital Exclusive, Digital Version, etc)
• The cover image is blurry, pixilated or has other quality issues
• The cover art promises content that the album doesn't contain (i.e., "includes DVD", "includes free stickers", etc)
• The cover art up-sells to another product (i.e., merch, other albums by same artist, etc)
• The cover art claims to be an exclusive of one of our digital partners without their permission (i.e., iTunes™ Exclusive, Only on Amazon MP3, etc)