Pricing for Music

What price tiers are available for albums?

Price-tier availability is based on the most recent music agreement you've accepted. We'll assign a price tier automatically to music content delivered without a price tier.

To see the currency, price, and price-tier information for a territory, check the iTunes Package Music Specification.

Which price tiers are available for songs or music videos?

For songs and music videos, three price tiers are available in all territories: Back, Mid, and Front (in order of increasing price).

For songs, certain territories using U.S. Dollars have a total of five price tiers available: Lowest, Low, Back, Mid, and Front.

For music videos in Japan, there are four price tiers available: Back, Mid, Front, and Premium.

Choosing a price tier is optional. We will assign a price tier automatically to music content delivered without a price tier.

For additional information, see the iTunes Package Music Specification.

Can I choose different price tiers for different territories?

Yes. You can choose any available price tier for each territory.

For content that is cleared for sale in the World territory, the same price tier will be used everywhere your content is sold.

To avoid pricing issues, use the same price tier for your album, song, or music video in all territories of the European Union.

What does the Default Track Pricing setting do?

In My Music, go to Default Track Pricing under Album Information for a convenient way to set a price tier that we'll use for any song delivered without a specific track price tier.

If a price tier is set for an individual song or music video, we'll always use that tier, regardless of the Default Track Pricing setting.

If you don't choose a price tier under Default Track Pricing, songs without individual price tiers will get the default price tier defined in your current agreement in Agreements, Tax, and Banking.

What does the "mixed" icon in the Default Track Pricing pane indicate?

The "mixed" icon indicates that the price tier for certain songs is different from the price tier chosen under Default Track Pricing.

To assist you in identifying which songs have a different price tier, the same "mixed" icon appears next to each song with a different price tier from the Default Track Pricing setting. To see the actual price tier for those songs, click Details.

Do I need to choose a price tier to offer music on the iTunes Store?

No, you don't need to choose a price tier for music content. If you don't choose a price tier, we'll use the default price tier instead.

Content Type Default Tier
Album Mid/Front
Song Mid
Music Video Mid

For details and exceptions, see the iTunes Package Music Specification.

Do I need to choose a certain album price tier for a song single?

No, choose any album price tier, and we will automatically price your single at the song price tier.

What is the retail price for each price tier?

Apple establishes retail prices for each price tier in each territory at its sole discretion.

For a list of wholesale price tiers, check the iTunes Package Music Specification.

When does a price tier change take effect?

If you want to set a price tier for a new song, include that price tier when you submit your song for the first time. We’ll use that price tier when your song’s available on the iTunes Store.

Price tier changes for existing songs take effect on Fridays. Changes you make after the end of the day on a Thursday go into effect on Friday of the following week. Allow up to 14 days for price tier changes for songs to take place. We can’t make any exceptions about when these changes happen.

For albums, you can schedule a price tier change to happen on a specific date. They'll go into effect as soon as possible on that scheduled date, based on that territory's time zone. Schedule these changes several days in advance to make sure they’ll happen on time.

If you don’t give a date when you make price tier changes for albums and music videos, they’ll happen as soon as we’ve processed your changes. Processing can take up to 24 hours.

What is the price of a music video?

You can choose one of three price tiers for music videos.

For example, in the U.S., the price tiers and associated prices are:

  • Back ($0.70)
  • Mid ($1.05)
  • Front ($1.40)

For additional information, see the iTunes Package Music Specification.

When can an album price be greater than the sum of the prices for its songs?

An album may cost more than the sum of its songs when the album includes:

  • Bonus materials (songs, music videos, or digital booklets) not included on the physical release of the album
  • Songs or music videos that aren't sold individually ("Album Only" content)

How do authors' rights, including mechanical reproduction or publishing rights, affect the wholesale price?

In territories where iTunes is responsible for obtaining authors' rights, including mechanical reproduction or publishing rights, the prices stated in our agreement with you are based on prevailing industry-wide rates for these rights in those territories.

If the royalty for authors' rights for a particular piece of content is greater than the prevailing industry rate (for example, because of certain fees), an adjustment to the wholesale price paid to you may occur. Any change in the prevailing industry rates for authors' rights also could have an impact on prices.

For additional information, check the iTunes Package Music Specification.

What is a multivolume album and how is its price set?

Multivolume albums have more than one disc when sold as a physical product, and typically cost more than single-volume albums. To determine the price of an album, we may multiply the retail price for the chosen price tier by the number of volumes. Royalty payments are based on the price tier multiplied by the number of discs.

Are there any price tier restrictions for albums?

Yes, certain price tiers are only available for albums with no more than a set number of songs:

Tier Maximum Number of Songs
Digital 45 4
Mini EP 7
EP 10

If you choose these price tiers for albums with more than the specified maximum number of songs, customers may only be able to purchase songs individually.

How often can I update the price tier for music content?

You can update the price tier on a song, album, or music video three times during a rolling twelve-month period. Any additional updates may be ignored.

What if I submit content with an invalid price tier?

If you submit content with an invalid price tier, your album, song, or music video will be set to the designated default price tiers:

Content Type Default Tier
Album Mid/Front
Song Mid
Music Video Mid

For additional information, see the iTunes Package Music Specification.