Apple Music – Claim Your Artist’s Page And Other Smart Tips

Apple Music screen shots on app on iphone

Today is June 30 and APPLE MUSIC has now officially been launched. If you are an independent artist or small label owner, today is the day to not only download the app and test run Apple Music but also to take control and claim your artist’s profile. I have copied a page from CD Baby down below, a step by step guide on how to do so. Please log in to iTunes first or else your ID might not be recognized.

You need to upgrade your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to iOS 8.4 before you can use Apple Music. Mac and PC users will need to upgrade to the newest version of iTunes. The new version of iOS should be available starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Time (11 a.m. ET). A full version of Apple Music is coming to Android in the Fall.

The service is free for three months. (Don’t panic, Apple will still pay the music labels during this time, following a highly publicized feud with Taylor Swift – which I still think was a very clever publicity stunt but never mind…) After the trial, you will automatically be charged $9.99 a month. A family membership is available for up to six people for $14.99 a month unless you follow this further guide to to avoid caught getting billed by Apple after the 90-day trial period, posted in the tech savvy magazine WIRED – just scroll right down to the bottom of this page.

But first…

How to claim your Apple Music Artist Profile Through ‘Connect’

By  JUNE 8, 2015 source: http://diymusician.cdbaby.com/musician-tips/how-to-claim-your-apple-music-artist-page-through-connect/

Apple Connect: how to claim your profileTake control of your artist branding on Apple Music

Apple just announced the launch of their new on-demand streaming service: Apple Music.

If you’re including streaming services in your distribution through CD Baby, your music will already be at Apple Music when they launch on June 30th.

One of the most exciting features of Apple Music is ‘Connect,’ a social bridge between artists and fans. With Connect, you can customize your artist branding on Apple Music by adding photos, bios, videos, songs, and other promotional content that your fans can comment on, like, and share via Messenger, Facebook, Twitter, or email.

[Note: the exclusive content you share via Connect will be ad-free, and it will NOT be monetized — so you still need go through a label or distributor in order to get paid for streaming activity on Apple Music.]

So… how do you claim your artist profile on Apple Music?

1. First, you must have your music on Apple Music. Again, if you’re already including streaming services in your distribution through CD Baby, we’ve got you covered. You can jump down to step #2.

If you don’t have your catalog on Apple Music yet, you must go through a label or aggregator to get your music onto the streaming service.

As an Apple-approved distributor, CD Baby can deliver your music to Apple Music quickly. So sign up your music today!

2. Go Here. Enter in your Apple ID and Password.

Claiming your Apple Music artist profile

3. Select the type of content you’d like to manage (choose “Artists”).

Claiming your Apple Music profile through Connect

4. Click the ‘+’ link on the next screen.

Claiming artist profiles on Apple Music

5. Click ‘+’ again on the next screen and enter your iTunes Store artist page URL into the popup.

Claiming artist profiles on Apple Music

The reason I suggest entering the iTunes Store link rather than your artist name is because there may be other artists out there with identical or similar names (for instance: there’s probably a few singers named “Sam Smith”), and entering the exact iTunes URL will prevent confusion and delays.

6. Select your role (solo artist, band member, manager, etc.) and fill out the subsequent fields.

Claiming artist profile on Apple Music

If you don’t have a manager or label, just enter your own information for both and pat yourself on the back for being totally DIY.

7. Click “done.”

Apple Music Connect

8. You’ll soon receive an email that looks like this:

Apple Music Connect

Which means… keep waiting a little bit longer. Your submission is pending and Apple will contact you when they’ve reviewed the submission. Once your submission is approved you can log back in and start updating your artist profile on Apple Music!

When you update your iPhone’s software today, you’ll be invited to take Apple Music for a spin. It’s a free trial, but after September 30th when the free trial ends, Apple will auto-renew your membership. This means that after the first three months, Apple will start charging your credit card $10 per month.

Apple Music subscriptionClick to Open Overlay Gallery

Most people aren’t going to realize auto-renewal is even enabled, and it’s not easy to find out where to turn this off. Here’s how you find this setting, and get rid of it:

1. The Apple Music app, head to your profile. It’s the little red silhouette of a human head.

2. Choose “View Apple ID.” Log in, and wait for it to load.

3. Head to “Manage,” which is under “Subscriptions.”

Go ahead and switch that bad boy off—if that’s what you want, of course.

 

GOOD LUCK!

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