Digital Distribution FAQ

Apple Music is the new music streaming and video service from Apple inc.

Curated. Music experts, artists, and influencers give Apple Music members their picks for every genre, activity, and moment imaginable.

Global. Apple Music is in more than 100 territories.

Usually it takes about 2-3  business days for your music to go live on Apple music and about a week for the rest of the digital stores.

Some stores like Google play music, Shazam etc may take up to 2 weeks, Please be patient.

In the event we experience delays on your release due to errors, you will be duly notified.

We strongly advice you submit your songs at least a month before the official release date to avoid any disappointment

Yes, absolutely!

As soon as your music is released and our back end staffs are done compiling the links to the digital stores, an email is pushed automatically to you for notification

Yes. Generally, stores like iTunes, Amazon and others keep 30% of a sale. We get 70% of a sale (this is called the wholesale price) and share 90% of this amount to you.

For stores that offer full-track streaming, there is a proportionate share worked out differently for every store.

Therefore, monthly payouts for music streaming sales can vary each month (and are extremely challenging to calculate due to the complex rules applied by the stores!)

ISRC: This stands for International Standard Recording Code (ISRC)  and its is a unique international identifier for sound and music video recordings, It gives your music a digital identity

UPC: This stands for Universal Purchase Code. It is a code that allows for the sales of your recording.

These codes are necessary for the successful release and sales of your digital works.

You need not worry about this, we offer UPC and ISRC codes FOR FREE to all our registered customers.

(Please note this is often a paying option with our competitors!)

Generally, you start getting your reports 3 months after the release of your music on the the digital stores.

This is the breakdown of the events after the release your song

Month 1: Music fans download and stream your music
Month 2: The music service collates the data and creates reports to send us
Month 3 and beyond: We process your report and make it available for download anytime on your dashboard.

There is a withdrawal request button on your dashboard under Money and Reporting

This will only be approved when your sales report reflects that you have earned beyond the €10 threshold.

Please note: The exchange rate to Naira as at the time of your request will be used to process the payments

All cash are paid directly to your local bank account under than 48hrs

Metadata: Your Metadata include information such as the title of your tracks, producer, genre of music etc. This should be carefully filled and submitted when creating a release

For more info check out iTunes style guide

Audio: We accept multiple audio formats, MP3 preferrably, our dedicated back end staffs handles the conversion and encoding to make life easier for you.

Cover Art: Artwork must be in JPG format, RGB colour spacing (not CMYK), and at least 3000px by 3ooopx square ( Standard)

Please Note:

  • Any information not filled on your metadata should not be on your cover art
  • No pornographic image
  • No Nazi symbol
  • No blurry image
  • No social media links or advertisement
  • No phone numbers

Our back end support staffs work closely with you to ensure strict adherence to these standard

The explicit logo is applied when the lyrics or content of a song contain one or more of the following criteria which could be considered offensive or unsuitable for children:

  • Strong language (one word is already enough)
  • References to violence, physical, or mental abuse
  • References of sexualised behaviour
  • Discriminatory language

Please make sure to mark the tracks/your release as explicit, if one of the above statement applies. iTunes may hide your sale in the store if the content is not marked accordingly.
As soon as you mark one track as explicit on your album, the entire release will be marked ‘explicit’ in most of the shops later on.

Explicit content is not sold in Belarus, Burkina Faso, India, Nepal and Uzbekistan iTunes territories.

A cover song is your own version of a song that you did not write/compose.

Whenever you record a song that someone else wrote, you need to get permission from the copyright holders.

To avoid any delays or disappointments, we strongly advice you submit your music 2-3 weeks before the official release date.

We have made digital music distribution so easy and affordable. we offer the most competitive pricing out there.

Our pricing is super flexible – you only pay based on the number of tracks on your Album/ EP. Singles begins @ ₦3990. Check out our pricing

We take copyright seriously as there are legal implications for uploading contents you do not have the rights for. If you’re planning to release a cover, remix or a song using samples, please make sure you have the necessary license.

1.1 Copyright-­‐Infringing Content
Digital retailers may remove artwork and/or sound recordings used without the rights holders’ permission.

1.2 Trademark-­‐Infringing Content
Digital retailers may remove trademarked artist names or logos in case these are used without the permission of the trademark owner. This includes misrepresenting a track as originating from or featuring another artist, or using an artist’s name in a misleading way.
A party complaining about such infringement would need to evidence a valid trademark or exclusive ownership in each claimed territory. Alternatively, the complaining party would have to demonstrate to the channel that the potentially infringing content is misrepresenting itself as content of the complaining party and that such content is likely to deceive users of the channel´s service.

In cases under 1.1 and 1.2 where ownership is not clear ,the parties may be brought together and will be expected to provide the channel in question with a mutual conclusion on the right to use the content/trademark. Generally, channels reserve the right to remove relevant content until a satisfactory conclusion is reached.

1.3 Offensive/Abusive/Defamatory/Obscene Content
Digital retailers may remove content that, in their opinion, is likely to incite hatred or discrimination of any kind, whether related to race, religion, sexuality or otherwise, or content that is deemed offensive, abusive, defamatory, illegal, pornographic or obscene in any way.

1.4 Certain Recent Public Domain Content
At  the digital retailers´discretion, recordings less than 90 years old that by operation of law may fall into the public domain in some territories may not be treated as public domain recordings. Such recordings will be treated as protected by their last applicable copyright in a relevant territory.

1.5 Nazi-­‐Related Content
Digital retailers may remove Nazi-related content and content recognized as harmful by the BPjM (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende medien), prohibited by German authorities or as otherwise recognized by anti-Nazi laws in any applicable jurisdiction.

For content deemed to infringe the guidelines under categories 1.1-­‐1.4 as mentioned in this related articlea strict two-strikes policy applies.

If it is determined that a provider has delivered infringing content to a Channel, the content will be removed and the label will receive an initial strike, which will be communicated by our support team via email.

The content provider will be notified of the action taken and, where relevant, is urged to inform the offending label. The provider is given usually 2- 5 business days to respond to the Channel regarding the initial strike notification including details of any action they are taking.

Failure by the content provider to return a satisfactory reason, at the Channel’s discretion, will result in the content remaining off the Channel service and the strike remaining in place against the infringing label.

Subsequent infringing complaints that are determined to be legitimate will result in takedown of the infringing content and immediate blocking of all future content from the offending label.

To be clear, if a Channel, at its discretion, assesses and determines that two separate pieces of content from a particular label are infringing and the provider cannot provide an explanation to the Channel’s satisfaction, the label providing that content may be blocked from the service for future releases.

Further, channels may reserve the right to block a label for clear and intentional infringements or abuses of the service even if that label has not received a previous strike.

Following verification of a second infringement by a particular label, the channels may provide us with a list of all the content delivered under the offending label. The content provider will be given 5 business days to ensure that the rest of the catalogue belonging to the offending label does not contain any infringing or otherwise objectionable content. If the provider does not respond to the Channel within this time the channel may take down all content delivered by the offending label that is currently available on the Channel in question.

If the provider confirms the remaining content is clear from any infringements, the content will remain available.

However, if a future claim against that label’s content is verified as legitimate by the Channel ,then that remaining content for that label may be removed from the service.

For infringements related to Category 1. 5 most channels follow a one strike policy
If it is determined that Nazi-related content and/or content recognized as harmful by the BPjM is live on a Channel, that content shall be removed. It may also result in immediate blocking of all current content delivered under that label as well as all of its future releases.


VEVO FAQ

Once you have purchased a VEVO channel setup on our options store, we need the following information to start creating your account:

Channel:

  • Desired channel name (please make sure it is not already used)
  • 5000 x 5000 Artist Image (shall be a press photo, no logo / text, real artist image only)
  • YouTube Banner (specifications here under “size guidelines”: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2972003?hl=en)
  • Official Website/Facebook/Twitter/iTunes URLs
  • Channel information (About): biography

For each video submitted:

  • Title
  • Artist name
  • Genre
  • Video thumbnail:
    • Minimum HD – 1920 x 1080 px (Full Res video stills preferred)
    • No letterboxing
    • No text/graphic overlays unless associated with a Lyric Video
  • Video ISRC
  • Video file to be sent via wetransfer

Please contact our customer service team with the above information, mentioning the reference of your order.

Vevo is a video hosting service owned and operated by a joint venture of Universal Music Group (UMG), Google, Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and Abu Dhabi Media.

The videos on Vevo are syndicated across the web, with Google and Vevo sharing the advertising revenue.

The VEVO.com website is currently available in the U.S, Canada, UK, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil, which includes vevo.com, Mobile Apps (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry PlayBook), Connected Television (Google TV, Boxee) and user embeddable video players.

Additionally, through a partnership with YouTube, VEVO is accessible in over 200 countries.

Vevo is now the second largest web video player in U.S, after YouTube.

http://www.vevo.com/

VEVO only take submissions on Mondays.

It can take up to 2-3 weeks for finalizing a channel setup with video content, artist picture, bio and links.

Video

  • Compression Type: H.264
  • File Format: .mov or .mp4
  • Dimensions: 1920×1080 (preferred) or 1280×720. Note: 16:9 and 4:3 are preferred aspect ratios. Providing alternate aspect ratios risks letterboxing, scaling and stretching of content to fit target aspect rations.
  • Frame Rate: Minimum 29.97 fps (preferred) or higher.
  • Bit Rate: We recommend that you restrict your video bitrate to a minimum of 24mb/s. This will help you cut down on file size, lengthy encoding, exporting and file transfer times. Bit Rate should not exceed 50mb/s.
  • File must be de-Interlaced (Please, No Interlacing)

What is interlacing? -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlaced_video

  • Multi-pass encoding is recommended, but not required.
  • Please export all encodes using Compressor or Quicktime. We cannot support editing program artifacts such as “edit lists” or “zero offsets” embedded in the files.
  • Do not send anamorphic content. All content display and pixel aspect ratios should be the same.
  • Do not include front or end slates (displaying metadata), title or end cards, bars and tones, etc.

Audio

  • Format: AAC
  • Channels: Stereo (L R)
  • Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz
  • Bit Rate: 320 kbps CBR

SD Video Specifications: (Only if HD is not available)

Video

  • Compression Type: H.264
  • File Format: .mov or .mp4
  • Dimensions: 640×480 (4:3) or 854×480 (16:9) are preferred. Providing alternate aspect ratios risks letterboxing, scaling and stretching of content to fit target aspect rations.
  • 480p is our MINIMUM spec. Please do not deliver videos in 360p or lower.
  • Please don’t encode widescreen videos so that they are letterboxed on a 4:3 frame. If that’s all you have, we’ll take it, but if you can re-encode the footage in HD (preferred) or SD 16:9, we’d really appreciate it.
  • Frame Rate: Minimum 29.97 fps (preferred) or higher.
  • Bit Rate: We recommend that you restrict your video bitrate to a minimum of 24mb/s. This will help you cut down on file size, lengthy encoding, exporting and file transfer times. Bit Rate should not exceed 50mb/s.
  • File must be de-Interlaced (Please, No Interlacing)

What is interlacing? -> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlaced_video

  • Multi-pass encoding is recommended, but not required.
  • Please export all encodes using Compressor or Quicktime. We cannot support editing program artifacts such as “edit lists” or “zero offsets” embedded in the files.
  • Do not send anamorphic content. All content display and pixel aspect ratios should be the same.
  • Do not include front or end slates (displaying metadata), title or end cards, bars and tones, etc.

Audio

  • Format: AAC
  • Channels: Stereo (L R)
  • Sample Rate: 44.100 kHz
  • Bit Rate: 320 kbps CBR

No, your video on VEVO will have a separate view counter.

If you’d like to direct all your viewers to your VEVO page you can remove your video from YouTube or you can keep the video on both sites.

In order to display your VEVO video on your standard / existing YouTube channel you can do this by creating a playlist showcasing your official VEVO content.

Yes, since channels are owned by VEVO.

You will need to pay the same fee as for a new channel setup in case you’d like to make changes to an existing channel created by a record label or distribution company.

If you only need to distribute additional video content to an existing channel, no channel setup fees will be charged, only video upload fees.

No, getting your video on VEVO is a distribution service, similar to what we do when delivering your songs to iTunes.

Viral Playlists Digital sets up the VEVO account and adds the videos, while VEVO keeps the ownership of any channel created.

VEVO revenues are based on monetizing ads on your videos and number of streams (views).

The more views your videos have, the more money you will make.

The video monetization is therefore guaranteed.

However, effective as of February 20, 2018, YouTube will not allow monetization on any channel until such time as the channel has achieved a minimum of (a) 4,000 watch hours over the past 12-month period, and (b) 1,000 subscribers.

Further details can be found in YouTube’s blog posting: https://youtube-creators.googleblog.com/2018/01/additional-changes-to-youtube-partner.html

No, Viral Playlists Digital has a distribution partnership with JTV Digital, allowing us to distribute content to VEVO, amongst other platforms.

Our service allows ANY artist to set up an account and get on VEVO

No, VEVO channels are per artist.

VEVO pages are based on artist not record label. You will need to pay for each artist channel.

If you have 3 artists each with two videos, you will pay for 3 account set ups.

Yes. Your video will go live on both VEVO and YouTube at the same time.

You will have a VEVO channel with your artist name and a mirrored YouTubeVEVO channel named with artistnameVEVO.