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Stay up to date on new Apple Music features and enhancements.

October 16, 2020

If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music between November 27, 2020 and January 1, 2021, remember to check the following delivery deadlines.

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September 21, 2020

A new feature in iTunes Connect allows you to add a genre to individual tracks on an album.

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August 31, 2020

Check out the latest version of the Apple Music Style Guide.

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August 31, 2020

See what's new in the latest version of the iTunes Package Music Specification.

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July 22, 2020

We’ve added functionality to even more tools in iTunes Connect.

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July 1, 2020

There are three new options for users to edit metadata in iTunes Connect.

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June 23, 2020

Check out the Listen Now and Auto-Play Radio Stations features available in the Sales and Trends Reports.   

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June 9, 2020

There's an enhancement to the functionality of the Edit Localizations page. 

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May 23, 2020

We've made several feature enhancements to iTunes Connect functionalities.  

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May 23, 2020

The Sales and Trends guide has a new report detailing editorial music playlist adds.

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April 28, 2020

We are happy to announce the launch of Apple Music in 52 additional countries or regions.

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April 8, 2020

We've made some changes to the Album Rights and Search features in iTunes Connect. 

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April 8, 2020

Check out the updates we've made to track prices in iTunes Connect, iTunes Producer, and Transporter. 

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March 23, 2020

Providers must update to iTunes Producer 3.1.2 by June 1, 2020. 

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March 10, 2020

Two new reports are now available in the iTunes Connect Sales and Trends Guide.

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March 10, 2020

We've updated the Apple Music Detailed Streams Reports.

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November 19, 2019

Artist images from iTunes Connect and Apple Music for Artists will now display on Shazam. 

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November 18, 2019

Apple Music's Sales and Trends dashboard and download reports now include Replay Mix for personal playlists. 

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November 18, 2019

We've updated the Shazam Reports to include State/Province and ISRC. 

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October 21, 2019

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.

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September 30, 2019

Apple is changing the file format and compression method of our largest reports.

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September 16, 2019

We've added African and Turkish genre codes to primary genres and multiple sub-genre codes.

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September 16, 2019

Deliver and report any issues with lyrics by selecting Lyrics from the Contact Us menu.

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September 16, 2019

Pre-order albums will be available to Apple Music listeners to pre-add to their Apple Music Library. 

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August 8, 2019

For better language and localization metadata accuracy, review a few reminders.

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August 8, 2019

We've made some updates to the iTunes Store Music Style Guide.  

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August 8, 2019

Data from Shazam can now be downloaded from Sales and Trends.  

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August 7, 2019

Mastered for iTunes is now known as Apple Digital Masters. 

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June 10, 2019

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.

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June 4, 2019

To indicate that a track or album is a DJ Mix, we've added a new value <flag> tag. 

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June 4, 2019

To help customers discover content, we strongly suggest that supplying phonetic data for your songs and artists in the phonetic fields. 

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May 14, 2019

We now require date and venue information in the title version for Live Performance Music Videos.

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May 14, 2019

We now accept explicit music content on the Korean storefront.

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May 13, 2019

We have updated the iTunes Connect Sales and Trend Guide to include a Glossary section.

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May 13, 2019

We've added a “Container Sub-Type” filter and dimension to the Sales and Trends Streams Dashboard.

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May 6, 2019

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.

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April 23, 2019

iTunes Connect for iOS is no longer available. 

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April 1, 2019

Within the next two months, all deliveries to Apple Music and iTunes will require Track Audio Language.    

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April 1, 2019

When submitting ringtones to Apple, make sure you keep the standards outlined in the iTunes Store Music Style Guide in mind. 

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April 1, 2019

The recent changes made to the Jazz, DJ Mixes and Live Mixes sections of the iTunes Store Music Style Guide are now live. 

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March 13, 2019

We now require date and venue information in the title version for Live Performance Music Videos.

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March 13, 2019

We now offer Korean localization.

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March 13, 2019

Track Audio Language fields are required in content metadata.   

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January 31, 2019

As of February 1, 2019, all payments into bank accounts in New Zealand and Australia will be wire transfers.

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January 29, 2019

We now require date and venue information in the title format for Live Performance Music Videos.

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January 29, 2019

 We now offer weekly and monthly reporting for Artist and Content Demographics.  

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January 29, 2019

You are now able to deliver XML tag to categorize your content on Apple Music.  

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January 29, 2019

On February 28, 2019, we will begin enforcing the recent changes made to the iTunes Music Style Guide. 

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December 19, 2018

A new version of Transporter is now available.

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December 18, 2018

To keep up with Apple Music's latest news and announcements our newsletter and iTunes Connect notifications are the best way to stay updated.

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December 12, 2018

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

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November 30, 2018

 If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music and iTunes in November and December 2018, and January 2019, check the following delivery deadlines: 

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November 30, 2018

We’ve made notable changes to the iTunes Store Music Style Guide.

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November 29, 2018

We've made some improvements to Agreements, Tax, and Banking in iTunes Connect.  

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November 16, 2018

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. 

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November 12, 2018

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.

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October 16, 2018

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.

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October 8, 2018

Select “None” as the audio track language in iTunes Producer when delivering non-linguistic tracks.

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October 8, 2018

We've added new sub-genre codes to our list of Indian genres for you to use.

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September 25, 2018

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

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August 30, 2018

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

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July 12, 2018

We have updated our artist image guidelines and Photoshop template.

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June 27, 2018

We’ve added two new Source of Stream values and two new End Reason Type Values to your Sales and Trends dashboard and reporting.

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June 12, 2018

We have added support for 4K to our screen capture image profiles specifications.

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June 12, 2018

We have enhanced support for Pre-Add on Apple Music.

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June 12, 2018

The iTunes Store Music Style Guide 2.0 includes updated music videos policies, lyrics guidelines, and more.

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March 21, 2018

You can now download one financial report that shows all currencies in which your music is sold.

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December 11, 2017

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.

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November 15, 2017

Two new iTunes Store sales reports are available, providing detailed, anonymized information about your customers.

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November 15, 2017

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.

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November 15, 2017

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.

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November 8, 2017

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.

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November 8, 2017

Within the next 30 days, packages that include duplicate tracks on a single playlist will be blocked from upload.

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November 8, 2017

Use lookup artist mode and create artist mode to ensure your content is mapped the correct artist on Apple Music and the iTunes Store. 

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November 8, 2017

The Apple Music catalog report has been updated to help you more easily identify which of your content is available on Apple Music.

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November 7, 2017

Two new Apple Music reports are now available, providing detailed, anonymized information about your listeners.

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September 25, 2017

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

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August 24, 2017

This update includes reorganization in The Essentials section, and lyrics guidelines are now available in English, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.

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August 24, 2017

New codes have been added for Cuban, Video Game, and Indian content.

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August 16, 2017

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.

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July 27, 2017

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.

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July 27, 2017

Starting August 3, 2017, the Daily Apple Music Content Report will be updated to include a new column for Artist ID.

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July 27, 2017

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.

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July 27, 2017

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

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June 28, 2017

You can now access Reporter by generating a unique access token instead of using your Apple ID password.

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June 26, 2017

We've added and updated codes to help you better understand why content may be hidden from Apple Music and the iTunes Store.

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May 17, 2017

Learn about the updated requirements for music videos. 

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May 17, 2017

Use the iTunes Store Music Style Guide to learn about some common metadata issues.

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April 17, 2017

If you deliver concert films to Apple, they must meet new requirements by August 1, 2017.

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April 17, 2017

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.

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April 17, 2017

The artist feed has been created to help ensure your music appears on the correct artist page.

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April 6, 2017

Starting at 7:00 a.m., some services will be unavailable for up to eight hours.

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March 27, 2017

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.

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March 17, 2017

Playlist Name, Playlist Type, and Playlist ID will have new column names starting March 24, 2017.

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February 22, 2017

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.

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February 22, 2017

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.

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February 8, 2017

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.

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February 8, 2017

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.

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February 1, 2017

We’ve redesigned Contact Us for TV, Movie, and Music partners to make getting in touch with iTunes Connect support easier than ever.

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December 20, 2016

Use the Photoshop template to prevent unexpected cropping of artist photos.

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December 20, 2016

Verify mode in Transporter will help ensure your deliveries to Apple are correct.

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December 20, 2016

Have questions? Need answers? iTunes Partner Support has you covered. 

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November 17, 2016

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.

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November 17, 2016

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.

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November 17, 2016

This version contains new error messages, updated examples, as well as increased JVM maximum heap size and updated system requirements.

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November 17, 2016

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

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November 7, 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.

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October 27, 2016

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.

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September 28, 2016

Learn about the Top Streams page in Sales and Trends and see how to monitor the performance of your catalog on Apple Music.

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September 7, 2016

iTunes Match reports and payments for August are delayed. Some royalties for August will be paid with September earnings.

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August 25, 2016

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.

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August 18, 2016

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.

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August 10, 2016

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.

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August 4, 2016

Apple Music is now available for listeners in Israel and Korea. Read about how you can make your music available in these territories.

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July 21, 2016

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.

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May 16, 2016

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.

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April 8, 2016

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.

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March 30, 2016

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.

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February 29, 2016

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.

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February 25, 2016

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.

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February 16, 2016

iTunes Producer 3.1.1 is now equipped with enhanced artist identification lookup and updated systems. Read about the new features and updated requirements.

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February 8, 2016

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.

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February 4, 2016

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.

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January 28, 2016

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.

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December 1, 2015

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.

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November 11, 2015

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.

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November 6, 2015

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.

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October 1, 2015

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.

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August 26, 2015

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.

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