iTunes Delivery Deadlines for the Holidays

It’s almost the holidays! We can hear them; we can smell them; we can feel them. And so can iTunes.

How does this affect you?

Well, iTunes has certain delivery deadlines you’ll need to meet in order to get your holiday compilations and other releases up in time.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Friday, December 9th is the delivery deadline for releases to go live by Christmas and New Year’s.
  • The last store turnover of the year will be on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 and the next full store turnover is on January 10th, 2011. Music will go live between these dates, but the featured releases will remain the same on most pages.

So go get started on those awesome holiday releases we know you have up your sleeve. And remember that you can easily create compilations thanks to The Orchard’s Compilation Builder option in Release Builder.

To create your own, log into your Orchard account and go to Release Builder. Click on Create a new Single Audio Release. Fill out the title of your release, for instance “My Great Holiday Sampler,” and complete the remaining fields as you usually would.

On the next page, you’ll see your newly created release, just waiting to have tracks added to it. Instead of clicking “Upload Audio” as you usually might, click on “Select An Existing Track” below the “Creating a Compilation?” question, and choose from the tracks you’ve already uploaded to your account. Repeat the process until you’ve completed your compilation, and submit the release when you’re done!

After all, it’s not really holiday season until you’ve created a holiday mix.

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