This article is designed to help you get your audio files ready for distribution. Whether it’s a single or an album you’re releasing, music stores like Spotify, Apple Music, and Boomplay have specific requirements for the audio files they accept. That makes sense, right? They want music with high-quality sound, which makes you and them look better and for your audience to listen to good quality music.
All audio files need to meet specific specs to properly upload your music to Afrotunes for distribution to the digital stores.
1.Stereo Formats: AIF, AIFF, FLAC, MP3, M4A, OGG, Or WAV, up to 192kHz, 16-bit, 24-bit
2.Track File Size: 1MB to 1GB
If the description above seems strange, below are some key points to clarify that we need to share with you.
The two most used audio formats are WAV and MP3 files, so which one is better? one would ask. Most musicians upload WAV files to music distributors because WAV files are lossless, uncompressed, broadcast CD-quality music files. On the other hand, MP3 files are compressed with loss to a certain extent.
Your music may get remastered or reprogrammed by the distributor or the digital stores during distribution. In this case, the lossless WAV files will be committed to the original quality of your music.
The next thing is the audio resolution. It is not as important as the audio format but still can be an essential factor to your audience. In the 1980s, most Compact Disc Digital Audio (CD) used 16 bits per sample. However, with the advancement of the digital world, DVD-Audio and Blu-ray Disc can support up to 24 bits.
Now we have a question, which audio resolution should you choose when recording? Our advice is better to record at 24-bit and convert to 16-bit than to record straight to 16-bit. This is because the conversion process gathers the errors into the last 8 bits and gets rid of them.
After you upload your tracks to your Afrotunes account, you can click the play button and listen to confirm your audio file.
Don’t be afraid that your song's playback isn’t as high in quality as your original file. This lower quality is only in the playback feature and does not affect the file going to stores. We deliver the highest-quality file that each store accepts, the same file you uploaded.