Tag Archive: iTunes

  1. Debs’ Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Songs

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    horus music turns 10The latest addition to our Guilty Pleasure’s list is our Head of Client Services and Quality Control.

    Listen along with us on Spotify.

    1. Aerosmith – Love in an Elevator

    I don’t know why I love this song so much, I just do!

    2. Linkin Park – One Step Closer

    This song was mine and my friend’s mantra whilst finishing our dissertations at University… One Step Closer to the edge!

    3. Britney Spears – Stronger

    Who doesn’t secretly love a bit of classic Britney?

    4. Madonna – Like a Prayer

    Again, a classic!

    5. Sia – Chandelier

    I enjoy trying to sing this at the top of my lungs.

    6. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance with Somebody

    This reminds me of endless hours on Singstar after school with my friends.

    7. Busted – 3am

    Absolutely loved these when I was younger. Actually, I’m not so ashamed of this one!

    8. Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper

    Na nana na na, nana na na, nana na nana na…

    9. Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are

    I don’t think there’s any girl born in the 90′s that didn’t want to be a Spice Girl.

    10. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me

    You know you all sing along to this when it comes on when you’re on a night out… Just me?

  2. How To Master Apple Music

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    As subscribers to Apple Music continue to increase, it would be fair to say people are getting to grips with many of the streaming services exciting features. It can take a bit of getting used to though, so we’ve put together a few top tips to help you make the most of it and how to start increasing your streams.

    How To Master Apple Music

    Apple Music Connect

    This works like a social media platform, in the sense that it allows artists to share almost anything they want. Ideally, this should be content your fans will genuinely want to see and engage with, such as previews of new tracks, photos of your tour or even behind the scenes videos.

    If your content is good enough, there is also the chance that Apple will share it on the main Apple Music Connect page. To do any of this, your profile needs to get verified, but once done you’re good to go!

    Social Media

    In November 2015, Facebook announced the introduction of a new post type called ‘Music Stories’, which will enable users to better discover new music or to share tracks with their friends.

    Music Stories appear as interactive content and is integrated with Apple Music (as well as Spotify and Deezer) and provides a 30 second preview of the shared song or album that will play directly on Facebook, without the need to leave the mobile app or website. Users can then stream the music on Apple Music and can even save it to their own libraries.


    It is best to use clear messaging when promoting your music on Apple Music or iTunes. For Apple Music, try using words such as “playing”, “listen,” or “hear” rather than “stream” or “streaming”, simply to avoid confusion for some people. For iTunes, make it clear that you are directing them to the download store by using words such as “Buy on iTunes.” You can combine the messaging, but it is best to distinguish the offers: “Listen to *artist name’s* new song on Apple Music or buy it on iTunes.”


    Apple have also created a very handy widget that is turned into a preview player, which can be embedded onto any website. You can access this here and enter the URL to create and customise your widget.

    However, this widget is sharing content that is behind the Apple Music pay-wall and will therefore only play 30-second song previews of the tracks unless the user is a logged-in Apple Music subscriber. It’s a good way to give people a taste of your music to encourage them to check it out further.

    Artist Photos

    *August 2016 Update*

    You can add artist photos to your profile so that listeners can easily identify you on the Apple Music and iTunes store. These photos will be displayed in search results, libraries of your listeners, similar artist suggestions, and on playlists pages where your song has been included.

    One artist image will be used to represent you across the Apple Music and the iTunes store so it is important that this image is a clean and clear representation of you as an artist. The image must also be free of any borders or any website addresses.

    The image must be 1:1 ratio square and be at least 2400 x 2400 pixels.

    You can send us your artist image and providing it meets the above specifications we will update it on the Apple Music and iTunes store for you.

  3. Claim your Apple Music artist profile

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    Did you know you can have an artist profile on Apple Music?

    ‘Connect’ allows you to communicate better with your fans and you can even customise your page with your own branding for Apple Music using photos, a biography, videos, your songs and other promotional material.

    Claim your Apple Music artist profile

    Your fans can then comment on, like, and share this through social media or email.

    How to claim your artist profile

    You cannot claim your artist profile if your music is not on Apple Music to start with. Once it is live, you’re already part way there.

    Go to iTunes Connect (here) and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

    Select ‘Artists’ from this screen.

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    Click the ‘+’ icon in the top corner.

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    Click the ‘+’ icon again and enter the URL of your iTunes Store page.

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    Follow the instructions on the following screens and select your role (e.g. Solo Artist, Band Member, Manager etc.) and enter a relevant contact for your management company or record label.

    Click ‘Done’ and your information will be sent to Apple. They will then verify this information and you should receive an email confirming that it has been completed.

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    Once your submission has been approved by Apple you will be able to log back in and start updating your Apple Music profile.