So What’s The Appropriate
Way To Submit Music?
As A Record Label & Licensed Station, Artists Submit Music To Us Every Day.
But Do They Really Know How To Submit Music?
I’ll say there are a select few that do know how to submit music and several others that don’t. Which poses the question, “just how serious are you about your music?” When an artist asks how to submit music to me via social networks or email, I find myself asking, “I wonder if this mp3 has id3 tags?” So what are id3 tags? Wikipedia states,” ID3 is a metadata container most often used in conjunction with the MP3 audio file format. It allows information such as the title, artist, album, track number, and other information about the file to be stored in the file itself. There are two unrelated versions of ID3: ID3v1 and ID3v2. Although ID3 is sometimes referred to as a standard, the term applies only in the de facto sense, as no standardization body was involved in its creation nor has such an organization given it a formal approval status.”
So there you have. Now you know the information on what is proper procedure when you choose to submit music. If you need it broken down even farther, it’s like when you are listening to the radio, driving in your car and you see the digital readout stating the artist’s name, album title and song title. That’s id3 tags. And believe it or not it’s not that hard to create an mp3 with id3 tags. There are several programs like iTunes, Mediamonkey and more that can handle the task. But I’ll even show you an easier way to get your id3 tags in order. Truth is you’ve had the tool in front of you all along. Here’s the info:
If you have windows 7:
Go to the file on your pc
Click on the file name (not double-click)
Expand the browser and look down at the bottom of that page
You’ll see the audio file information
Fill out each section album, contributing artist, genre, year, title, etc.
Click save after each change.
If no windows 7 but XP:
Right click the audio file
Fill out the information
See, simple right? I told you that you already had the tool all along. So now I guess the next question is, “why do I need to use id3 tags in my mp3s to submit music?” Right? Well if you are similar to most other artists and you choose to submit music to radio stations worldwide, it’s a way for companies like BDS (Nielsen, Broadcast Data Systems) and Mediabase to track your radio spins. Of course you need to be hooked up with these companies. Actually with Mediabase you simply submit music by emailing the song and information to them and with BDS you have to contact them via email to get a username and password to access their virtual encode website: Once again, here’s the info:
Submit to Virtual Encode Steps:
Email “Virtual Encode” as the subject to Client Services department
at email@example.com for a user name & password.
Include the following information in the body of your email:
company or label Name
primary email address
& any additional contact info.
Submit to Mediabase Steps:
Email your tagged mp3s to Digitaldelivery@mediabase.com (Include the same information as above).
Of course you’d want to look into getting registered with ASCAP too. I say ASCAP because Dubb Spot Records is a registered Publisher there. It’s your choice whether or not you want to register with ASCAP but I stand behind them. But then again that’s another article. If you are interested in how to get registered please see our article here on our website. So now you are knowledge-full with all of the information needed to make sure that your mp3s have id3 tags and you can submit your music right. Like I said, “it’s fairly simple.” You don’t have to be a computer wizard to submit music, you just need a little knowledge and Dubb Spot Records just hit you with that knowledge. No charge… lol. Alright, no more procrastinating, dig into your PC and get those mp3s straight and submit your music to as many radio stations as possible. You can submit music to our WDSR Yall Betta Recognize Radio station at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit Music The Right Way!