Capturing Songwriter and Composer Metadata

February 22, 2017

With the release of iOS 10, song lyrics are now displayed within Apple Music. We've received incredibly positive feedback from members, who can now follow along during playback of their favorite songs. To ensure songwriters are paid, and to make it easier for our partners to provide lyrics, 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. As you prepare songs for delivery to Apple, make sure to keep the following in mind:

Capture Metadata Early
Metadata and ownership splits can be captured in the studio during recording. GarageBand and Logic include tools to export metadata, and there are third party apps available to help songwriters register their information.

Register Original Songs
Prior to delivery to Apple, make sure the ownership of your songs is registered with a publisher, and that they have registered ownership with relevant publishing agencies such as ASCAP, BMI, PRS, Harry Fox, and Music Reports.

Provide Consistent Songwriter and Composer Metadata
Songwriter metadata should be listed exactly as registered with the publisher. If you need to make changes after delivery, redeliver your songs with updated metadata.

For more information about lyrics, including recent updates we’ve made to improve delivery, see our article about Lyrics on Apple Music and the iTunes Store.

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