November 2018

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

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.
New Demographics reports available in Sales and Trends.
Two new iTunes Store sales reports are available, providing detailed, anonymized information about your customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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.
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.
Music Specification update.
Music Specification 3.4.1 includes updates to artist guidelines and metadata lookup.

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

Original release date, and an update to the iTunes Video and Audio Asset Guide.
Learn about common issues and updated requirements for music videos.

April 2017

Learn about the new 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.
Requirements for Concert Films.
If you deliver concert films to Apple, they must meet new requirements by August 1, 2017.
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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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

December iTunes Partner Support, artist images and Transporter verify mode.
Use the Photoshop template to prevent unexpected cropping of artist photos. Verify mode in Transporter will help ensure your deliveries to Apple are correct.

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.
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.
Corrected iTunes Match Reports.
iTunes Match Usage Reports for August and September 2016 may contain incorrect data. Updated reports are now available for download.
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

iTunes Package Music Specification update.
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.
Add photos to your artists.
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.
Introducing the new 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

Changes to iTunes 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.