Frequently Asked Questions
A music publisher assumes that you will work together on a professional distribution of the work. The contract will contain information both parties have agreed on.
Preparing your Songs for Upload
Fruitbeat’s standard audio spec is:
- WAV (.wav) Format
- 16-bit or 24-bit
- 44.1 kHz
- Microsoft PCM codec
Our full list of accepted formats is:
- WAV (.wav) and FLAC (.flac):
- 16-bit: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
- 24-bit: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
Apple Lossless (.m4a):
- 16-bit/44.1 kHz only
Please do not upload mixed bit depth releases (a combination of 16-bit and 24-bit tracks on the same release).
To ensure proper quality, please source your audio directly from a production master export. Audio files created from a compressed format (e.g. MP3, AAC, or WMA) will have an inferior sound quality, and therefore should not be uploaded into our system.
Timing limitations vary from store to store, but here are a couple to note:
- Release length limit of 10 hours for Deezer and Spotify
- Track limit of 250 for iTunes
Please note that titles with longer time durations will take longer to deliver to stores which do accept them.
We typically recommend submitting audio releases 6-8 weeks before release date. Please note that delivery times can vary from one store to another.
An International Standard Recording Code, or ISRC, is a 12 character alphanumeric code that identifies a unique sound recording or music video. An ISRC should never change once assigned. If a master sound recording or music video has been distributed before by another record label or service, then you must re-use the previously-assigned ISRC. This is very important for rights management and royalty collections.
Yes. You can choose to have us assign an ISRC to a track if it’s the first time the track is being made available commercially. You should not use this feature if the underlying master sound recording for your track was assigned an ISRC previously, regardless of whether it was assigned to you or another party. Once a product has been delivered, its ISRCs can be referenced in the Products page in Catalog.
Image specs are as folllows:
- TIF (.tif) or JPG (.jpg or .jpeg) format
- Minimum 3000 x 3000 pixels and maximum 6000 x 6000 pixels
- 300 DPI
- RGB color
Please remove any crop marks, references to physical packaging, or promotional language from your cover image.
Besides upgrading your internet speed, you can reduce your upload time almost in half by exporting your audio as an Apple Lossless .M4A file, which is almost half the size of a standard WAV file. If using this approach, please note that the encoder must be set to Apple Lossless (not AAC). Both encoders can be saved with an .M4A extension, but The Orchard only accepts 16-bit, 44.1kHz Apple Lossless .M4A files.
First, try re-uploading the track in one of these two ways:
- Delete the track and start a new upload
- Click the track you want to edit and use the re-upload button
- The issue
- Your operating system
- Your audio specs
At this time, track lyrics are only being delivered to Apple Music. However, any lyrics entered will be stored and sent to other retailers once they become available for delivery as well, such as Spotify and Deezer.
Apple provides a list of do’s and don’ts when entering track lyrics here. We also provide a link to this resource within Digital Product Builder on the track lyrics field.
We support the ability to enter lyrics in all languages and international characters; from Hindi, to Greek, to Russian, etc.
Yes you can. The pricing in Product Builder provides options for pricing tiers which map to the comparable price settings across various stores. Your default pricing tier can be managed in your account under the Defaults section of the Admin page. In Product Builder, you can also set individual track pricing.
You can view specific price code mappings in the following Orchard Pricing Tier rate cards: