Original release date, and an update to the iTunes Video and Audio Asset Guide.

Original Release Date
The original release date should be the date the content was first made available to the public, whether it was released physically or digitally. Providing the correct original release date will ensure your content is correctly ordered on artist pages, and is easily retrievable in search.

Common Reasons for Metadata Tickets
When delivering new content to Apple, make sure your content follows these guidelines:

  • 2.8. Compound Artists. Ensure each artist field contains just one artist name. If artist fields contain more than one name, this can result in the creation of multiple artist pages, or content appearing on the incorrect page in Apple Music and on the iTunes Store.
  • 3.10. Track Version Information. Avoid delivering duplicate track titles to ensure customers purchase the correct track when browsing the iTunes Store.
  • 15.1. Explicit Content Flagging. If an explicit version of the song exists, make sure to flag both the Clean and Explicit versions accordingly to help customers more easily find the version they are looking for.
  • 23.1. Primary Artists at the Album Level. All performers must be identified as Primary in Classical albums.
  • Audio Quality and Accuracy. Audio files should be delivered free of any defects such as skipping, static, unintentional portions of silence, track break errors. Audio must match the track title provided in the metadata.

iTunes Video and Audio Asset Guide 5.2.8
We have updated the requirements for the native frame rate of music video original HD source. See what's changed in iTunes Video and Audio Asset Guide 5.2.8.