What is a pre-add?
Pre-adds allow customers to listen to one or more songs from a playlist before it is available for sale. Additionally, this feature will automatically add the playlist to their library once it is available for sale.
What is required to add songs as pre-adds on my album?
To successfully pre-add a playlist it must be delivered as a regular pre-order for iTunes, with at least one instant-gratification track included.
Your playlist and songs must:
- Have at least one instant-gratification track or music video
- Have a sales start date that is at least one day in the future from the date you're adding pre-order metadata and the instant-gratification track
- Be cleared for sale in the territories you want the pre-add to be available
For more information about instant-gratification tracks, see the iTunes Connect Music Rights and Pricing User Guide.