September 2020

Manage Track-Level Genre in iTunes Connect
A new feature in iTunes Connect allows you to add a genre to individual tracks on an album.

August 2020

Apple Music Style Guide Updates
Check out the latest version of the Apple Music Style Guide.
iTunes Package Music Specification Updates
See what's new in the latest version of the iTunes Package Music Specification.

July 2020

More iTunes Connect Enhancements
We’ve added functionality to even more tools in iTunes Connect.
iTunes Connect Updates
There are three new options for users to edit metadata in iTunes Connect.

June 2020

Listen Now and Auto-Play Radio Stations
Check out the Listen Now and Auto-Play Radio Stations features available in the Sales and Trends Reports.   
Save For Later on iTunes Connect
There's an enhancement to the functionality of the Edit Localizations page. 

May 2020

iTunes Connect Feature Updates
We've made several feature enhancements to iTunes Connect functionalities.  
New Apple Music Editorial Playlist Adds Reports
The Sales and Trends guide has a new report detailing editorial music playlist adds.

April 2020

Apple Music Available in New Markets
We are happy to announce the launch of Apple Music in 52 additional countries or regions.
iTunes Connect Feature Enhancements
We've made some changes to the Album Rights and Search features in iTunes Connect. 
Track Price Change Behavior Update
Check out the updates we've made to track prices in iTunes Connect, iTunes Producer, and Transporter. 

March 2020

iTunes Producer 3.1.2 Available to Download
Providers must update to iTunes Producer 3.1.2 by June 1, 2020. 
Library Reports Now Available
Two new reports are now available in the iTunes Connect Sales and Trends Guide.
Voice Values Added to Detailed Streams Reports
We've updated the Apple Music Detailed Streams Reports.

November 2019

Artist Image Updates to Shazam
Artist images from iTunes Connect and Apple Music for Artists will now display on Shazam. 
New Personal Mix - Replay
Apple Music's Sales and Trends dashboard and download reports now include Replay Mix for personal playlists. 
Shazam Reports Enhancement
We've updated the Shazam Reports to include State/Province and ISRC. 

October 2019

Check Out the Holiday Season Delivery Schedule
If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music and the iTunes Store between November 22, 2019, and January 3, 2020, remember to check the following delivery deadlines.

September 2019

Sales and Trends File Sizes
Apple is changing the file format and compression method of our largest reports.
African and Turkish Genre Updates
We've added African and Turkish genre codes to primary genres and multiple sub-genre codes.
Contact Us Lyrics Reminder
Deliver and report any issues with lyrics by selecting Lyrics from the Contact Us menu.
Pre-Add Requirements for Apple Music
Pre-order albums will be available to Apple Music listeners to pre-add to their Apple Music Library. 

August 2019

Clarifications to the iTunes Store Music Style Guide
We've made some updates to the iTunes Store Music Style Guide.  
Languages and Localization Reminder
For better language and localization metadata accuracy, review a few reminders.
Download Shazam Data
Data from Shazam can now be downloaded from Sales and Trends.  
Rebranding Mastered for iTunes to Apple Digital Masters
Mastered for iTunes is now known as Apple Digital Masters. 

June 2019

View the Upcoming Changes with iTunes on Mac
At WWDC, we announced that iTunes is becoming three separate apps — Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. All of your favorite iTunes features, including the iTunes Store, will be available in these three new and more focused apps designed for macOS Catalina.
New DJ Mix Flag Available in the iTunes Package Music Specification
To indicate that a track or album is a DJ Mix, we've added a new value <flag> tag. 
Phonetic Data Helps Discoverability
To help customers discover content, we strongly suggest that supplying phonetic data for your songs and artists in the phonetic fields. 

May 2019

Live Performance Music Videos Reminders
We now require date and venue information in the title version for Live Performance Music Videos.
Explicit Korean Music Available
We now accept explicit music content on the Korean storefront.
Sales and Trends Glossary Updates
We have updated the iTunes Connect Sales and Trend Guide to include a Glossary section.
Added Container Sub-Type Filtering
We've added a “Container Sub-Type” filter and dimension to the Sales and Trends Streams Dashboard.
Changes to iTunes Sales and Apple Music Reports
On May 13, 2019, customer identifiers included in Apple Music, iTunes Sales, iTunes Pre-order, and iTunes Match reports are being rotated on a regular basis.

April 2019

iTunes Connect for iOS
iTunes Connect for iOS is no longer available. 
Track Audio Language Requirement
Within the next two months, all deliveries to Apple Music and iTunes will require Track Audio Language.    
Ringtone Requirements
When submitting ringtones to Apple, make sure you keep the standards outlined in the iTunes Store Music Style Guide in mind. 
Reminder About iTunes Store Music Style Guide
The recent changes made to the Jazz, DJ Mixes and Live Mixes sections of the iTunes Store Music Style Guide are now live. 

March 2019

Live Performance Music Videos
We now require date and venue information in the title version for Live Performance Music Videos.
New Korean Localization
We now offer Korean localization.
New Track Audio Language Requirement
Track Audio Language fields are required in content metadata.   

January 2019

Payment Processing Changes for NZD and AUD Currencies
As of February 1, 2019, all payments into bank accounts in New Zealand and Australia will be wire transfers.
Requirements for Live Performance Music Videos
We now require date and venue information in the title format for Live Performance Music Videos.
Demographics Reporting Availability
 We now offer weekly and monthly reporting for Artist and Content Demographics.  
Album and Track Categorization Flags
You are now able to deliver XML tag to categorize your content on Apple Music.  
Reminders About DJ Mixes and Remixes
On February 28, 2019, we will begin enforcing the recent changes made to the iTunes Music Style Guide. 

December 2018

Transporter Use Guide 1.13
A new version of Transporter is now available.
Sign Up for Notifications
To keep up with Apple Music's latest news and announcements our newsletter and iTunes Connect notifications are the best way to stay updated.
Important Contract and Tax Information for Canada
Effective January 1, 2019, the portion of the agreement(s) that covers distribution of your music or video content into Canada will be assigned from Apple Inc., a United States entity, to Apple Canada Inc., a Canadian entity. Apple may require you to provide additional tax information in order to minimize any impact or disruption

November 2018

Winter Delivery Schedule
 If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music and iTunes in November and December 2018, and January 2019, check the following delivery deadlines: 
iTunes Store Music Style Guide Updates
We’ve made notable changes to the iTunes Store Music Style Guide.
Agreements, Tax, and Banking Updates
We've made some improvements to Agreements, Tax, and Banking in iTunes Connect.  
Updates to the Music Approved Partner Program
We’ve now added new tiers to our long-standing Approved Partner Program to highlight partners who deliver a large volume of content with outstanding quality. 
Holiday Season Delivery Schedule is Now Available
If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music and iTunes in November and December 2018, and January 2019, the Holiday Season Delivery Schedule is now available.

October 2018

Winter Holiday Schedule is Now Available
If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music and iTunes in November and December 2018, and January 2019, the Winter Holiday Schedule is now available.
Non-Linguistic Audio Track Language
Select “None” as the audio track language in iTunes Producer when delivering non-linguistic tracks.
New Indian Sub-Genres
We've added new sub-genre codes to our list of Indian genres for you to use.

September 2018

Transporter 1.12 is Now Available
In this version, Lookup Artist Mode now returns more information to help you identify the correct Artist ID for your delivery.  

August 2018

Artist Image Upload
Apple Music for Artists Beta now allows artists to manage and update their images.   

July 2018

Updated Artist Images Guidelines
We have updated our artist image guidelines and Photoshop template.

June 2018

Sales and Trends Update to End Reason Type and Source of Stream
We’ve added two new Source of Stream values and two new End Reason Type Values to your Sales and Trends dashboard and reporting.
Pre-Add on Apple Music
We have enhanced support for Pre-Add on Apple Music.
4K Music Video Screen Capture Image Profiles
We have added support for 4K to our screen capture image profiles specifications.
Updated iTunes Store Music Style Guide 2.0
The iTunes Store Music Style Guide 2.0 includes updated music videos policies, lyrics guidelines, and more.

March 2018

Single Report for All Currencies Now Available in Payments and Financial Reports
You can now download one financial report that shows all currencies in which your music is sold.

December 2017

Updated Artist Images Guidelines
We have updated our PSD template for artist images. To ensure that an artist image is not cropped and that it displays as intended on Apple Music and the iTunes Store, download and use our updated Photoshop template.

November 2017

New Demographics Reports Available in Sales and Trends
Two new iTunes Store sales reports are available, providing detailed, anonymized information about your customers.
Changes to Apple Music Sales and Trends Reports
Apple Music reports have been updated to provide more data about your streams. These changes will impact report ingestion, and you may need to update your systems to take advantage of the new data.
Updates to Streams Dashboard in Sales and Trends
This now reflects the new royalty bearing threshold, Sonos as a Device type, and Personal Mix Playlist has been broken up into New Music Mix, Favorites Mix, and Chill Mix.
Transporter 1.9.7 is Now Available
Use lookup artist mode and create artist mode to ensure your content is mapped the correct artist on Apple Music and the iTunes Store. 
Duplicate Track Titles Blocked From Upload
Within the next 30 days, packages that include duplicate tracks on a single playlist will be blocked from upload.
Updated Guidelines for Music Videos
We’ve updated our requirements to support HDR and 4K video. Note the changes in the iTunes Package Film Specification and the iTunes Video and Audio Asset Guide.
Apple Music Catalog Report Update
The Apple Music catalog report has been updated to help you more easily identify which of your content is available on Apple Music.
Apple Music Demographics Reporting
Two new Apple Music reports are now available, providing detailed, anonymized information about your listeners.

September 2017

Winter Delivery Deadlines
If you plan to release new music on Apple Music and the iTunes Store in November and December 2017, check these delivery deadlines.

August 2017

New Genre Codes
New codes have been added for Cuban, Video Game, and Indian content.
Music Style Guide Update
This update includes reorganization in The Essentials section, and lyrics guidelines are now available in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.
New Servers for Content Delivery
If you deliver content from behind a firewall, you may need to add or modify firewall rules to allow outbound and return connections for the IP addresses and ports.

July 2017

iTunes Package Music Specification Update
iTunes Package Music Specification 3.4.1 includes updates to artist guidelines and metadata lookup.
Token Required to Access Reporter
Starting August 10, 2017, you will no longer be able to sign in to Reporter with your Apple ID password or app-specific passwords. To continue using Reporter, generate a unique access token.
Updated Catalog Reports
Five new playlist status fields have been added to the Music Catalog Report. We also added the Track Audio Language field to the Apple Music catalog report.
Updated Apple Music Usage Reports
Starting August 3, 2017, the Daily Apple Music Content Report will be updated to include a new column for Artist ID.

June 2017

Changes to Reporter Sign In
You can now access Reporter by generating a unique access token instead of using your Apple ID password.
Updated Hidden Reason Codes
We've added and updated codes to help you better understand why content may be hidden from Apple Music and the iTunes Store.

May 2017

Updated Requirements to the iTunes Video and Audio Asset Guide
Learn about the updated requirements for music videos. 
Learn About Original Release Date and Reasons for Metadata Tickets
Use the iTunes Store Music Style Guide to learn about some common metadata issues.

April 2017

Requirements for Concert Films
If you deliver concert films to Apple, they must meet new requirements by August 1, 2017.
Learn About the New iTunes Package Artist Specification
The artist feed has been created to help ensure your music appears on the correct artist page.
Transporter 1.9.3 is Now Available
The new version of Transporter allows you to create tickets to edit genre details and phonetic title text, and deliver lyrics in Timed Text Markup Language.
Scheduled Maintenance on April 22, 2017
Starting at 7:00 a.m., some services will be unavailable for up to eight hours.

March 2017

Introducing Overview and Container Name in Sales and Trends
Overview provides curated metrics to help you measure and track the performance of your content. Container Name in Top Streams provides insight on playlists and radio stations where your content is played.
Updated Fields in the Daily Apple Music Streams Report
Playlist Name, Playlist Type, and Playlist ID will have new column names starting March 24, 2017.

February 2017

Lyrics on Apple Music and the iTunes Store
We've made some changes to improve the delivery of lyrics to Apple. Read more about TTML file format, and updates to the Music Specification and Music Style Guide.
Capturing Songwriter and Composer Metadata
To ensure songwriters are paid, Apple is obtaining the licenses required to display lyrics in Apple Music. We rely on accurate songwriter and composer data to efficiently obtain these licenses.
New Audio Locales Now Supported in iTunes Producer
Providing the audio locale for a track helps ensure it can be correctly surfaced if selected for Beats 1 programming and Apple Music's curated playlists. We've expanded the available selection to now include new options.
Common Reasons Content is Hidden
Content may be hidden from Apple Music or the iTunes Store if it does not meet the standards outlined in the Music Style Guide. Learn about some of the most common reasons content is hidden.
Introducing the New Contact Us
We’ve redesigned Contact Us for TV, Movie, and Music partners to make getting in touch with iTunes Connect support easier than ever.

December 2016

Transporter Verify Mode
Verify mode in Transporter will help ensure your deliveries to Apple are correct.
Add Photos of Your Artists
Use the Photoshop template to prevent unexpected cropping of artist photos.
December iTunes Partner Support
Have questions? Need answers? iTunes Partner Support has you covered. 

November 2016

Reminder for Winter Delivery Deadlines
We would like to remind you about adjusted deadlines for music deliveries for the winter season. If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music and the iTunes Store in December 2016, and January 2017, check these delivery deadlines.
Corrected iTunes Match Reports
iTunes Match Usage Reports for August and September 2016 may contain incorrect data. Updated reports are now available for download.
Transporter 1.9.1 Released
This version contains new error messages, updated examples, as well as increased JVM maximum heap size and updated system requirements.
Affiliate Program and the Apple Music API
Developers can use the Apple Music API to identify non-subscribers, and utilize the affiliate program for upsell to earn commission on qualifying memberships to Apple Music.
The Autoingestion Tool Will No Longer Be Available After December 6, 2016
After December 6, 2016, you will no longer be able to use the Autoingestion tool to download your Sales and Trends reports or your Payments and Financial reports.

October 2016

Adjusted Delivery Deadlines
To prepare for the winter season, we’re adjusting our deadlines for music deliveries. If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music and the iTunes Store in November and December 2016, and January 2017, check for updated delivery deadlines.

September 2016

New Top Streams Video
Learn about the Top Streams page in Sales and Trends and see how to monitor the performance of your catalog on Apple Music.
iTunes Match Reports and Payments for August 2016 are Delayed
iTunes Match reports and payments for August are delayed. Some royalties for August will be paid with September earnings.

August 2016

Changes to iTunes Package Music Specification
The iTunes Package Music Specification has been updated to include clarification on language codes, music video previews, timecode formats and the vendor offer code tag can now be used for tracks.
Submit Artist Photos
Artist photos allow listeners to easily identify your artist throughout Apple Music and the iTunes Store. We strongly recommend adding a photo to represent each artist, as Artist Images are displayed in search results, listener libraries, similar artist suggestions, and on playlist pages where their song is included.
Get Started with Reporter
Download your Sales and Trends reports and your Payments and Financial reports using Reporter, a command-line tool introduced last fall. We recommend switching to Reporter, as the Autoingestion tool will no longer be available at the end of November 2016.
Apple Music Expands to Israel and Korea
Apple Music is now available for listeners in Israel and Korea. Read about how you can make your music available in these territories.

July 2016

Music Style Guide updates.
We've added new guidelines to the Music Style Guide to define requirements for cultural sensitivities, track count limit, karaoke content containing a lead vocal, phonetics for Asian languages, and Arabic and Farsi metadata. Also see instructions on how to adjust accented characters, casing, and non-alphanumeric characters in artist names.

May 2016

Introducing the Apple Music Toolbox
We are excited to announce the Apple Music Toolbox, which makes it easier than ever to promote your music online. The toolbox allows you to create text links, widgets, and badges to help drive users to your content.

April 2016

Updated Sales and Trends Processing Times and Apple Music Reports
We’re changing the way we process sales data for Asia-Pacific countries to help you get your data sooner. Now, transactions made in the territories listed will be available the next day, as opposed to two days. We've also updated Apple Music reports to help you better understand your listener data.

March 2016

Updates to Sales and Trends and Catalog Reports
You can now view your sales and proceeds in the currency in which your content was purchased. New columns for Import Date and Hide Date have also been added in Hidden Reports.

February 2016

Daily Apple Music Streams Reports are Now Available
Daily Apple Music Streams Reports are available starting February 29. This will help you measure the performance of your catalog on Apple Music, analyze listener engagement with your content, and more.
The Newly Redesigned Payments and Financial Reports
Payments and Financial Reports on iTunes Connect has been redesigned to make it easier to view and download your monthly financial data. We’ve consolidated all the data to a single page, and you can now download several financial reports at once.
iTunes Producer 3.1.1 is Now Available
iTunes Producer 3.1.1 is now equipped with enhanced artist identification lookup and updated systems. Read about the new features and updated requirements.
Update to iTunes Package Music Specification
See what's new in iTunes Package Music Specification 5.2 Revision 4, including two new tags: publishers and iswc. Both newly added tags help provide better reporting and matching for sound recordings to musical works and owners.
Apple Music is Now Available in Turkey and Taiwan
Starting February 4, 2016, Apple Music expands to Turkey and Taiwan. Read about how you can make your music and music videos also available in Turkey and Taiwan.

January 2016

Discounting Ad-Supported Radio
Ad-supported Radio is being discontinued beginning January 28. Radio, with the exception of Beats 1, will be only available to Apple Music members. Beats 1 will still be available to those who don’t have an Apple Music membership.

December 2015

Updates to Apple Music Financial Reports
Apple Music financial reports now include information about paid memberships and Beats 1 plays. Additionally, a new offline indicator field has been added to the Apple Music detail file so you can see the number of royalty bearing plays that occurred while devices were both online and offline.

November 2015

Additional Security Features for Your Apple ID on iTunes Connect
You can now use two-step verification or two-factor authentication with your Apple ID on iTunes Connect. Take advantage of these security features to prevent anyone from accessing or using your Apple ID, even if they know your password.
Adjusted Music Delivery Deadlines
To prepare for the winter season, we’re adjusting our deadlines for music deliveries. If you plan on releasing music on the iTunes Store in November and December 2015, and January 2016, check the following delivery deadlines.

October 2015

Apple Music Financial Reports are Now Available
Your Apple Music Financial Reports are now available in Payments and Financial Reports on iTunes Connect. These reports include the Apple Music Cover Sheet and Financial Detail. Note that reports for the month of July only contain royalties for trial members.

August 2015

Introducing the New Resources and Help
We’ve completely redesigned Resources and Help. Now, it’s even easier to find answers to your questions and stay up-to-date. Search for answers across all of our online guides, FAQ, news, and video tutorials.