How to Sell Music on iTunes

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How to Sell Music on iTunes
Reach more customers distributing your music online. (Wlaursen/Wikimedia Commons)

People from all over the world purchase music and downloads from iTunes. If you're a rising star and want your music to be heard, you need to find a way to spread it to diverse audiences. To sell your music on iTunes, you'll need to go through a music distribution site along with obtaining items like a UPC and making sure your music has been mastered first for perfect sound quality.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Check that your music is high-quality and ready to be released. You can have your music mastered by a professional or do it at home, according to If your music has sound quality problems, no one will buy it.

  2. 2

    Choose a service to sell your music through. To sell music on iTunes, you must sign up with a music service who will in turn put your music on iTunes. There are various fees that come with these programs.

  3. 3

    Compare programs and choose your price range. The fee depends on how many different sources you want to distribute your music to, and certain companies charge a percentage of your earnings from your music, known as royalties. Some companies are royalty-free and if you can afford it, this is usually the best way to go.

  4. 4

    Create an account with your chosen music distribution program. Log in and follow the instructions for mailing or uploading your music. Once the company receives your music, it will format it and make it available online. Buy a UPC and an ISRC code for your music; the music distribution program will walk you through these steps if you do not already have them.

  5. 5

    Follow your music distribution service's instructions for uploading album art and submitting any information included with the CD, such as a brief description of the CD and creator. The company may proofread this information, but you should always double-check it yourself before submitting.

  6. 6

    Log in to your account regularly to track your music's progress. Some distributors may have a balance of how much money you've earned listed in your account; either request a payment or specify how much money you want in your account before they pay you. For example, you might request to be paid for every £32 you make.

  7. 7

    Record all your financial transactions, including what you've earned from each sale. Take out at least 15 per cent to cover taxes. Fill out an estimated tax form since a portion of your earnings goes to the government.

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