For your music distribution, there are a few things you need to prepare in advance: audio files, metadata (album title, track titles, artist name(s), release date, etc.), and cover artwork. In addition, you have to make sure the submitted assets comply with the requirements of music stores.
Today we will be talking about the cover artwork. Unfortunately, some artists do not know how to design the correct cover artwork. While some get their music content disapproved due to incorrect cover artwork and have no idea how to fix it. Therefore, uploading your artwork in the appropriate format is a defining step for music distribution.
Let us start with the most fundamental issue, formats. The accepted cover artwork needs to meet several technical criteria:
1. Format: JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIF, TIFF, or GIF
2. Dimensions: 1400x1400 px - 4000x4000 px
3. Size: Minimum 1Mb, Maximum 10Mb Per Image
Apart from the above basic requirements for your cover artwork, there are some other details that you have to keep in mind when designing your cover artwork:
1. No blurry or pixelated images
2. No URLs
3. No logos or branding that you do not have rights to use
4. No references to physical packaging or pricing
5. No pornographic (Explicit) imagery
In addition, the cover art should include either the release title or the artist's name(s) on it. Otherwise, the cover artwork will be unacceptable. In some instances, the artists release a single of an upcoming album in advance of the album release. If this is the case, the release title on the cover should return the same name as the single.
Shall you meet any problems with cover artwork during distribution? Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get back to you soon. Afrotunes would like to assist with your cover arts, but we need to hear your voice before that.
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