FAQs

1Place Uploading Music FAQ

IN THE BEGINNING

Dear 1Place, what the heck are you about?

1Place is a service to musicians that consolidates all the stuff you want to distribute in 1Place. It’s a way to simplify your music career, so you can get back to the business of making music.

Thanks for asking!

  1. 1Place gets your music onto online stores & streaming services. These include iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Deezer, Tidal, and many more. (Currently, over 150 more.) You can upload new music as often as you like. No additional charges. Huzzah!

  2. 1Place creates an online storefront just for you. On that store you can sell products directly to your fans for much less than it costs to sell through other services. You will be able to sell T-shirts, Hoodies, Koozies, Hats, Stickers, CDs, and Vinyl Albums. All the products provided by 1Place require no upfront investment by you, except for the CDs and Vinyl Albums. You provide those to us so we can ship them to your fans when an order is placed. (We start with 5 of each.)

    You select the items that go into your store by visiting the 1Place Master store and selecting the T-shirts, Hoodies, and hats and you want to offer. You can customize the shirt with your artwork in the Master store. If you also decide to sell posters, stickers, and koozies please contact the 1Place support team and let them know what you want to add. Once you’ve let us know, 1Place will populate your choices into your own private storefront and you can begin selling product to your fans.

    Remember! You don’t have to pay for any of these items until they get sold to your fan. And the best news is that you don’t pay for items that don’t sell! What a relief!

    Of course we will also need to post your music onto the storefront and there is a separate form to upload that information here.

    Your annual fee covers the cost of creating this store.

  3. 1Place can also create your CD, DVD, and Vinyl Albums for you at very competitive pricing due to our huge buying power. Packaging includes everything including bulk discs, digipaks, wallets, sleeves, jewel cases, DVD cases, multi disc sets, box sets, and more. We even manufacture custom product to your specifications. Just let us know how we can help!

1Place collects royalties & payments, and sends 91% of these earnings to artists.

How Is 1Place Better Than TuneCore or CD Baby?

Each service uploads your music to stores and pays you royalties. But the similarities stop there. 1Place allows unlimited album uploads with no additional fees.

Tunecore charges for every submission, and even though they charge less for the first year, the price increases by 66% every year after the first year. (and Tunecore charges every time you upload a new song or album, Yikes!)

CD Baby charges a whopping $49 to upload a single album for digital distribution, I mean for each and every album. How Rude! (OK, Tunecore does the same thing). CD Baby only distributes CDs and Vinyl Albums you have provided to them, CD Baby does not fund the cost of merch for artists, no shirts, hoodies, hats, stickers, koozies, or posters.

Neither Tunecore or CD Baby offer to distribute merch for artists but both services think they have the right to know which fan purchases the products you offer, even if you don’t. How arrogant is that! CD Baby and Tunecore market to your fans without your approval or knowledge. The truth is, how would you know? They don’t guarantee to tell you which fans purchased your music and merch.

Have a look at this comparison chart:

1Place Comparison

Is 1Place Secure?

Oh yes.

1Place uses 128-bit SSL encryption to send credit card information and your transmitted credit card information is sent to our credit card processor -- we never see your credit card info.

Your entire session is SSL encrypted ("https").

What’s the Cost of Your Service?

Plans start at $8.25 per month, billed on an annual basis, to upload unlimited songs & albums and create your own custom storefront to sell products. For full pricing details of products is available once you join 1Place. After you create and pay for a 1Place account you can then visit the Master store to see all of the T-shirts, Hoodies, and Hats that are available. Posters, stickers, and koozies are also included but will not be shown on the Master store. You can upload artwork for those items directly to 1Place at information@1placemusic.com. Posters are 11" x 17". Sticker size can vary depending on your artwork, but the maximum size is 11" x 17". Koozies have a 2" x 4" printable area.

Do I Keep Ownership of My Music?

Yes! You absolutely own your own music.

1Place takes no ownership or intellectual property rights from artists. You always keep 100% ownership.

Can I Upload DJ Mixes or Remixes with 1Place?

Re-mixes and samples require permission from all parties represented in the track.

Remixes of your own work are no problem, unless it contains anyone else’s work – in part or in whole. For another artist’s music in any form, you definitely need permission.

Is It Possible For Me to Give Away My Music for Free?

Not through online retail channels. Currently there is no way to sell a song for free in online stores, like iTunes. If iTunes has listed your song as free, it’s because the iTunes editorial team chose to do so.

If you do want to give your music away to certain, specific people you know -- such as radio stations, DJs, and friends -- an easy way to do this is to just email them your MP3s (or FLAC files, etc.). You can also put your MP3s on a file hosting service, like Dropbox, and send the link to anyone you like.

Can I Use 1Place to Sell Ringtones?

No. 1Place only distributes albums and singles.

Can I Use 1Place to Distribute Music Videos?

No. 1Place only distributes albums and singles.

Can I Sell My Music Elsewhere, Besides the Stores You Distribute To?

Yes. You own the rights to your own music, and can sell it wherever (and however) you'd like.

1PLACE UPLOADING MUSIC FAQ

How Long Does It Take for My Album to Be Available in Stores?

1Place sends your music to stores almost immediately. The stores vary in how long they take to make it live.

Your release will go live according to the rough schedule below.

iTunes- Anywhere from same-day, to a week. A very small percentage of albums go through manual review at Apple, which takes an additional 3-days to 2 weeks or so.

Amazon: About 2-4 days

Google Play: About a day.

Spotify: Usually a week or so.

Deezer: About 1-2 weeks.

YouTube Music: About 1-3 days.

TIDAL: About a week.

Bonus: For many stores (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, more) we'll detect the moment your album goes live, and send you an email with the link!

If I Specify a Custom Release Date, When Will My Album Appear in Stores?

You can specify a release date.

If you've set a custom release date, your music will appear in stores on the date you specified.

The only exception is Amazon. They'll make short preview clips available before the release date--and show your album as "coming soon." They'll allow pre-orders, but won't let anyone purchase it until the release date.

Note: If it's important that your music go live on a specific date (in all chosen stores at the same time), choose a release date at least four weeks in the future. If you choose a release date less than four weeks in advance, there's a chance your album could still be stuck in a stores' review queue (or some other unforeseen delay) when your release date comes around.

What Stores Will My Music Appear In?

You can specify for your music to appear in any or all of the following stores:

  • Spotify
  • iTunes
  • Apple Music
  • Amazon.com
  • Google Play
  • Deezer
  • YouTube Music
  • TIDAL
  • Microsoft Groove(formerly Xbox and Zune)
  • 150+ other outlets through MediaNet, such as these

These stores cover the vast majority of music purchases. We feel that adding a lot of smaller online stores only adds complication, without adding any significant amount of additional buyers.

If there's another store you really want to be in, let us know and we'll look into adding it.

Can I Add A Featured Artist to My Track?

Absolutely! Just make sure it is listed like this:

  • Example with 1 featured artist: Under Pressure (feat. David Bowie)
  • Example with 2 featured artists: Shortie Like Mine (feat. Chris Brown & Johnta Austin)
  • Example with 3 featured artists: Sweetest Girl (feat. Akon, Lil Wayne & Niia)

Also, adding a featured artist does not require any additional artist slots. Woo!

Can I Upload Cover Songs?

Yes.

1Place charges a fee of $1 per month (paid annually, so $12 billed to your credit card) to manage each cover song for you. We will:

  • Obtain license(s)
  • Pay the original songwriter(s) every month
  • Keep up-to-date on copyright laws affecting your music
  • Do the things described here and here

A "cover song" is a song that you performed & recorded yourself, but the music was written by someone else. For example, when your band plays "Smooth Criminal" (written by Michael Jackson). This is totally okay—1Place makes it easy and legal to sell cover songs.

1Place will obtain the required compulsory mechanical license for you. We'll automatically deduct the legally-mandated fee of 9.1¢ per song sold in the U.S. from your earnings and pay it to the original songwriter. You'll get 100% of the rest. You don't have to do anything else.

Essentially, mechanical licenses secured through Loudr cover distribution of copyrighted songs into the U.S. only. The understanding is that when a track isdelivered to iTunes in the U.S., it will also be delivered to iTunes stores in other countries, which is okay since we are accounting for all usage to publishers, not just U.S.

As for streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, etc., those companies secure licenses and pay publishers mechanical royalties directly. Our interactive streaming mechanical license covers streaming on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Reverbnation, etc.

To upload a cover, make sure to click "Another artist wrote it" on 1Place's upload form, in the "Cover song" section.

Please note that 1Place does not distribute songs that are in the public domain.

Please don't include the original artist's name in the track title. For example:

GOOD TRACK TITLE
Enter Sandman

BAD TRACK TITLE
Enter Sandman (originally performed by Metallica)
Enter Sandman by Metallica

Why Am I Required to Purchase My Cover Song License Through 1Place?

Each time you upload a song to 1Place, you'll see a checkbox to specify whether you wrote the song (an "original"), or someone else wrote it (a "cover").

There's a law in the United States that dictates how royalties from cover songs need to be shared with the original songwriter. If you're interested in the details, click here for some light reading (sarcasm).

The good news is that 1Place makes easy to upload covers, such that you never have to think about it. Just click the box on our upload form specifying that it's a cover song, and for a small fee 1Place will then automatically withdraw the legally required amount from your royalties (usually 9.1 cents per sale in the U.S.) and send it to the original songwriter.

And if you already have a license to distribute the cover song? Sorry, but you still must opt into 1Place's license anyway. The reason is because we have no way of confirming that the original songwriter is getting paid their legally-required share--unless we're the ones paying them. Not opting covers into 1Place’s cover song licensing program can lead to stores taking down your content--or worse--songwriters taking legal action. And nobody wants that.

Please note that 1Place does not distribute songs that are in the public domain.

My Music Contains Sampling from Other Songs. Is That Okay?

1Place can help with covers. 1Place cannot help with samples.

What's the difference?

Sampling
Sampling is when you use the actual recording of another artist's performance. For example, if you use the 1971 recording of Led Zeppelin's "When The Levee Breaks" as your drum track. That's generally not legal, unless you have permission from the original artist or owner of the copyright.

Cover Song
A cover song is a song that you performed & recorded yourself, but the music was written by someone else. For example, when your band plays "Smooth Criminal" (written by Michael Jackson). This is totally okay—1Place makes it easy and legal to sell cover songs. Just select "Someone else wrote it" in the "Songwriter" section of the 1Place upload form. You'll find pricing and more info, there.

Can I Upload Songs That Are in the Public Domain?

Public Domain is a tricky issue. Although the original written music is no longer protected by copyright when a song is in the Public Domain, there are still copyrights that apply to recordings. Public Domain songs are not inherently free of all copyright protections.

Due to the complex nature of Public Domain works, 1Place does not distribute songs in the Public Domain at this time.

Can I Specify a Release Date?

Yes you can. Just set the date when you upload your music.

You can use a release date from the past, in order to reflect a previously released album or single.

Can I Upload Different Albums Under Different Artist Names?

Yes. Each artist name must have an account on 1Place, but you can create those accounts if you have permission, for example if you are a label that represents several artists.

Can I Set My Own Prices?

Yes! But most stores reserve the right to change the price.

If you don't specify your price your music will sell for whatever the stores' default pricing is. For example, as of this writing, singles are 99-cents on iTunes. Both you and the stores want to sell as much of your music as possible. Allowing stores to determine pricing may net you the most sales and money.

Please note that we will send your specified prices to iTunes & Google Play, but they have the option of overriding this & setting their own price.

Stores like iTunes may set a higher price for singles that are longer than 10 minutes in length.

Languages

You can upload a Spanish (for example) album, and then upload an English (or any other language) album with the same 1Place account.

However! Please don't mix languages -- all tracks need to be recorded in the selected language (whatever language you've selected on the 1Place upload form). Make sure song titles & album title are in the selected language, too.

Meaning, this is bad:

Song Title (In English) - Language Selected: Spanish

Why Isn't My Language in the List of Languages?

1Place lets you select a language, from a list, when you uploading your album. The list contains all of the languages that are officially supported by the stores.

If your language isn't listed, it's best to select "English" and write your song & album titles in the Romanized form of your language.

Then later, if your language ever becomes officially supported by stores, you can remove & re-upload your album if you like, in your local alphabet.

It should be noted that we are not able to distribute Cyrillic titles/Slavic languages to iTunes at this time, and we do not foresee being able to do so in the near future.

As of this writing, for example, iTunes doesn't support Hindi. However, Hindi songs are typically written in Romanized english, and there is no real "search by language" in iTunes, and the language choice isn't displayed anywhere. So it doesn't appear to be a big problem.

What Countries Will My Music Be Available In?

All uploads appear in stores worldwide. That means your music will appear in every country that the different stores support. For example, YouTube Music is only available in the US, currently.

iTunes currently sells music in over 100 different countries. Your music will be available in all of those countries. As more countries become available, your music will be available in those countries, too.

Please be advised that if your songs contain explicit content, there are a few countries that won't accept them.

Can I Choose to Release My Music Only in Certain Countries?

No.

All 1Place releases are "Worldwide" -- all countries

My Upload Is Stuck, What Should I Do?

If your upload gets stuck during the upload process, you should refresh the page and start over. This can happen if your internet connection gets lost for a little bit. Your release isn't completely uploaded until you see the "Done!" page.

Why Is My Record Label Name Listed as "123456 Records DK" (Or Some Other Number)?

If you don't specify a record label name when uploading to 1Place, your record label may be listed as a number, followed by "Records DK".

That information isn't really used for anything. It's just what our system automatically assigns to you, unless you specify your own label name.

The label name may appear in stores. But have no fear; we have no ownership over your music or anything like that. The label name we generate is just because we need to provide something to stores, so that's what we came up with.

Why "Records DK?" It used to say "1Place.com" but we started getting tons of fan mail and other correspondence from people trying to get in touch with the many 1Place artists. And we were all WHOA HOLD YOUR HORSES so then changed to the more cryptic "Records DK". That way, listeners will contact you by Googling you & finding you elsewhere. Or something. Like. That.

If I Specify a Custom Release Date, When Will My Album Appear in Stores?

You can specify a release date. If you've set a custom release date, your music will appear in stores on the date you specified.

The only exception is Amazon. They'll make short preview clips available before the release date--and show your album as "coming soon." They'll allow pre-orders, but won't let anyone purchase it until the release date.

Note: If it's important that your music go live on a specific date (in all chosen stores at the same time), choose a release date at least four weeks in the future. If you choose a release date less than four weeks in advance, there's a chance your album could still be stuck in a stores' review queue (or some other unforeseen delay) when your release date comes around.

Can I Use 1Place to Sell Instrumental Music?

Yes.

As long as it's your music and you're legally allowed to sell it.

For "language," choose whatever language your music speaks to you in. Figuratively speaking. Or... whatever language you like.

What Is a UPC and How Can I Find It for My Release?

UPC stands for "Universal Product Code." It is a unique code used to identify a product, such as an album or single.

A 1Place UPC is automatically generated for you, each time you upload an album.

If you want to apply for a UPC issued by GS1, please contact us at support@1placemusic.com.

CMYK vs RGB Artwork

Album artwork needs to be JPGs, with RGB color. Usually you don't have to think about this -- every digital camera and photo retouching program (like Photoshop) defaults to RGB. So you're all good.

However, sometimes for whatever reason, you may have saved artwork with CMYK color. And 1Place gives you an error. If this is happening to you, re-save your artwork in RGB format.

What Are the Requirements for Album Art?

Ideally, album art should be a perfectly square jpeg, 3000x3000 pixels. If your artwork is smaller, or rectangular, we'll automatically fix it for you--but there's a risk that our fixed version won't look exactly as you intended.

Stores will reject artwork that contains:

  • A website address (URL)
  • Twitter name
  • The terms 'Exclusive' or 'Limited Edition'
  • Any image that's pixelated, rotated, or poor quality
  • Prices
  • Store logos (such as iTunes or Spotify)
  • Nudity
  • Gross stuff
  • References to physical media (example: "CD" or "Compact Disc")

Also, please do not use the same artwork for multiple albums. Duplicate album art may be rejected.

What Audio File Formats Can I Upload?

Audio files should be WAV, MP3, AIFF, CDDA, MP4 (m4a), Windows Media (WMA), or FLAC.

If you're sending a WAV, we accept up to 24-bit, 96 kHz, or less. 16-bit, 44.1 kHz WAV is typical but pretty much anything works.

What's the Maximum File Size for Audio Files?

The maximum size that 1Place will accept is 250MB. If you have a track that's larger than that, consider converting it to FLAC format before uploading to 1Place. FLAC is a beautiful, lossless format (same audio quality as WAV) but the files are relatively small.

1Place has no limitation to the length in minutes that a track can be. However, albums cannot contain songs where the average track length is less than 60 seconds.

What's the Maximum Number of Tracks That Can Be on an Album?

35

Can I Transfer Albums from Another Distributor to 1Place?

Here's how to move from another distributor (say, TuneCore) to 1Place:

  1. Delete your songs from your old distributor
  2. On the same day, upload your songs to 1Place

Because 1Place is faster than other distributors, you may have a bit of overlap while both versions are in stores at the same time. This will not cause any accounting problems or otherwise.

Eventually, the old version will disappear from stores, and your 1Place version will be the only version in stores.

Also, welcome! If you're reading this, thank you. You won't be disappointed.

Will It Cause Problems If There's Another Artist with the Same Name as Me?

For obvious reasons, you should use an artist/band name that doesn't already exist in stores. Having several artists with the same name just causes all kinds of confusion. Imagine if there were two Led Zeppelins, or two Dave Matthews (a common name no doubt).

But sometimes this can't be avoided. Here are the main questions people ask when there's another artist with the same name as them.

Will I get paid? Or will that guy with the same name as me get paid for my downloads?
You'll get paid for your downloads. Technologically, artist names are totally independent from sales tracking. So you're all good and have nothing to worry about.

My albums are being listed alongside the other artists' albums. So it looks like we're the same person. Can you separate them?
Yes! Contact us at support@1placemusic.com

If you're having this problem with other outlets (iTunes, Deezer, etc.), contact us (support@1Place.com) and let us know the 1Place UPC of your album(s) that's getting listed with the other artist. We'll try to separate them but it might take a few days -- it's up to the stores whether they'll do it and how long it takes.

But, ideally, if someone already has the name, you should come up with a different name. In the world of actors, for example, no two actors are allowed to have the same name as each other and both belong to SAG (the actors union). That's why Samuel L. Jackson is Samuel L. Jackson, and not Sam Jackson or Samuel Jackson -- those names were taken. If you want to look like a pro, suck it up and come up with a different name if yours is already taken.

What Does 'Explicit' Music Mean?

Can I Upload a Digital Booklet with My Release?

No. At this time we don't have the option to upload a digital booklet for iTunes. But, if you sell your physical CD or Vinyl we will ship the physical packaging directly to your client. Unfortunately, digital distribution has no way to support additional artwork other than the album cover.

Can I Upload Compilation Albums or Albums with 'Various Artists' via 1Place?

1Place does not currently accept compilation albums or albums containing various artists.

Do I Have to Fill Out the Label Field in a Musician Plus or Label Account, When I Upload Music?

The label field is optional to fill out. If you don't input a label, your music will still be uploaded to stores.

What Should I Do If My Upload Seems Stuck?

Generally, we'll alert you on the upload page if there is some downtime or errors the service is experiencing. However, most of the time when there are issues during an upload, it is a local issue. When this happens you should try the following:

  • clear your browser cache/cookies/browsing history
  • re-logging into 1Place and upload your release again

Can I Pre-Sell My Music Before Its Release Date?

Yes. You can designate an album or song as a presale in your custom shopping cart that is provided by 1Place.

We do not currently offer pre-sale functionality through the digital distribution channels. However, as soon as you upload your album, it generally goes ‘live’ in Amazon, but is only a preview, and sometimes available for pre-order only. It will then go live in the rest of your chosen stores on your specified release date.

Pre-sale for any other stores isn’t a feature that we offer at this point.

So if you see your album 'live' in Amazon early, that's what's up.

Can I Specify That Some Songs Are Available as "Album Only?"

No, 1Place doesn't currently support this.

Why Am I Required to Purchase My Cover Song License Through 1Place?

Each time you upload a song to 1Place, you'll see a checkbox to specify whether you wrote the song (an "original"), or someone else wrote it (a "cover").

There's a law in the United States that dictates how royalties from cover songs need to be be shared with the original songwriter. If you're interested in the details, click here for some light reading(sarcasm).

The good news is that 1Place makes easy to upload covers, such that you never have to think about it. Just click the box on our upload form specifying that it's a cover song, and for a small fee ($1/month charged $12/year and renewed yearly, as of this writing). 1Place will then automatically withdraw the legally required amount from your royalties (usually 9.1 cents per sale in the U.S.) and send it to the original songwriter.

And if you already have a license to distribute the cover song? Sorry, but you still must opt into 1Place's license anyway. The reason is because we have no way of confirming that the original songwriter is getting paid their legally-required share--unless we're the ones paying them. Not opting covers into 1Place's cover song licensing program can lead to stores taking down your content--or worse--songwriters taking legal action. And nobody wants that.

Please note that 1Place does not distribute songs that are in the public domain.

My Album in iTunes Says "The Item You've Requested Is Not Currently Available in the U.S. Store."

Congrats! This means that your album has been successfully delivered to iTunes, and they're in the process of making it live in all iTunes stores across the world. Albums sometimes go live in your country after a few hours, and sometimes a few days. Only thing to do now is wait.

There's nothing else 1Place needs to do at this point, as your album is safely in Apple's hands now.

Can I Select the Part of My Song That Is Used in Previews for Stores?

No, this is not possible at this time.

Do I Need to Embed Metadata into My Tracks Before I Upload?

No. You will be asked for relevant info (track title, genre, cover art) on the upload page for your release, which is what stores will use for your release. Any prior embedded info will be disregarded by stores.

There Is an Error with a Track I Uploaded, Can You Just Release the Album Without the Error'd Track?

We cannot submit a release to stores, even if only one file has an issue (and you don't mind it being withheld from release). This is because we cannot delete/edit the release once it is uploaded, so the error'd track is still associated with the release.

Can I Upload a Single from an Album to One Store and the Full Album to the Other Stores You Distribute To?

Yes.

You could choose to distribute the single first, to the store of your choosing (uncheck all other stores). Then upload the rest of the album (on a separate upload) and distribute that to the other stores of your choice. (by the way - if you were doing this with Tunecore or CD Baby it would cost extra money, not so with 1Place)

My Release Is a Collaboration Between Multiple Artists. Can 1Place Do That?

Yes!

You can list up to 2 primary artists per release. Your release will show up on both artists' pages, in stores & streaming services.

To specify a collaboration, just use a ampersand ("&") in your artist name. 1Place will automatically detect this, and ask you if it's a band name, or a collaboration. Select collaboration.

I'm having trouble uploading files.

Short version:
Something's probably wrong with your internet connection. Or the internet in your area.

Longer version:
Transferring large files across the internet is hard. When you visit a website, any data you send, goes through dozens of connections before it gets to its destination. If anything goes wrong at any of those points, the connection will fail.

Try waiting and trying again later, or try your upload from another location.

Can I Add a Producer Credit to My Song?

Nope.

As it stands, stores currently don't accept producer credits, so they'll automatically be shaved off upon upload. That's done by the stores, no matter how you upload them, and completely out of our control.

Remember, if you're trying to feature an artist on your track, make sure it looks like one of these examples:

  • Example with 1 featured artist: Under Pressure (feat. David Bowie)
  • Example with 2 featured artists: Shortie Like Mine (feat. Chris Brown & Johnta Austin)
  • Example with 3 featured artists: Sweetest Girl (feat. Akon, Lil Wayne & Niia)

Example below:

producer credit image

Can I Upload Super-Short Songs?

Digital distribution stores don't allow albums where the average song length is less than 60 seconds. Your 1Place store will sell songs that are less than 60 seconds in length.

Do I Have to Purchase a Cover License Through 1Place If I Already Have a License From Another Agency?

Yes.

The reason is that we have no way of confirming that the original songwriter is getting paid their legally-required share--unless we're the ones paying them.

Not opting covers into 1Place's cover song licensing program can lead to stores taking down your content--or worse--songwriters taking legal action. And nobody wants that.

Do I Need to Pay the Cover License If I Upload a Parody?

While only a court can rule on whether something is Fair Use or not, Loudr (who handles our cover licenses) offers the following guidelines:

  • If a parody takes aim at the original work itself, it is typically considered a true parody and is likely to be Fair Use. An example would be Weird Al's "Achey Breaky Song", which parodies the structure and criticizes the repetitive nature of the original song "Achey Breaky Heart".
  • If a parody simply involves a change of genre or lyrics and does not provide critical commentary on the original work, it might not be considered a Fair Use of that work. An example would be Weird Al's "Eat It", which puts parody lyrics to Michael Jackson's "Beat It". However, the lyrics are about food, not about the original song itself.
  • If an artist intends to make a cover song (not a parody or satire version) where the genre and lyrics were fundamentally changed from the original composition, then it would be considered a derivative work. Derivative works require permission directly from music publishers, which a mechanical license secured through Loudr would not protect.

Do I Need to Copyright My Music Before Uploading?

Not necessarily.

Under the present copyright law, which became effective January 1, 1978, a work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created. A work is created when it is “fixed” or embodied in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. Neither registration in the Copyright Office nor publication is required for copyright protection under the law.

There are, however, certain advantages to registration, including the establishment of a public record of the copyright claim. Copyright registration must generally be made before an infringement suit can be brought. Timely registration may also provide a broader range of remedies in an infringement suit.

For more information, visit http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ50.pdf

Can I Upload a Podcast?

No, 1Place does not distribute podcasts at this time.

GETTING PAID

How Much of My Sales Does 1Place Music Keep?

First, you keep 91% of your royalties. 1Place charges 9% to cover the cost of setting up your website, handling your distribution of both digital and physical products, and investing in product inventory for you to sell. What a deal!

What’s the Process for Getting Paid?

Your money will be delivered every month straight into your PayPal account, within 3-15 days after the close of the month

As soon as we receive sales numbers from various stores we make them available to you. These reports monthly are generally delivered monthly. Please make note: Reports reflect sales from approximately three months ago. Ergo, if your song sold last Thursday, you won’t see it on the report for a while (3 months, or so). Unfortunately, that’s the current reporting rate of speed.

It’s also worthy to note that stores and streaming services have their own unique schedule when it comes to reports and payments. So, YouTube, as an example, usually won’t release their reports on the same day as iTunes. This is true of the various distributors out there – not that you have your music with any other distributor than 1Place Music. **Wink. It’s ok.** If you do have other distributors, you’ll notice that they may get your retail and streaming reports before or after 1Place Music does.

Amounts are transferred to PayPal in USD. If your currency is different, PayPal and/or your bank will convert the amounts for you.

Where Do I Enter My PayPal Info So I Can Get Paid?

When money is owed to you, 1Place Music will ask you for you PayPal email address.
Until you're owed money, you won't be asked for your PayPal email address.

Does PayPal Charge a Fee When I Withdraw My Earnings?

PayPal charges 1Place Music a small fee for transferring money, which we deduct from your earnings when you withdraw.

PayPal charges 1Place Music 2% per transaction, up to $1 for recipients in the U.S. The fee is 2% up to a maximum of $20.00 USD, for payments to recipients outside the U.S.

OMG! I Listed the Wrong PayPal Address For My 1Place Music Earnings! (It was an accident.)

Whoa there! It’s going to be okay. Accidents happen.

Just create a new PayPal account using the correct address (this and every time =)), and get your money from PayPal that way.

Is a PayPal Account Necessary to Get Paid?

Yep. You can use any PayPal account you want. Want to change your 1Place Music PayPal account? No problem. You can change it anytime.

How Do I Find Out How Many Tracks I Have Sold?

Just sign in to your 1Place Music account and click "Digital Sales".

Sales reports will show which and total number of tracks that have sold. These reports are accessible to you as soon as we get them from stores, which is about monthly. E.g. A report for a track that sold in May might not be available until July.

Is There a Payout Minimum?

Nope.

Umm. I think your report is mistaken. I know I’ve sold more than this.

Here’s the deal. If your friends have told you that they bought your album, but your not seeing the numbers reflected in the reports (and payments), there are a couple of possibilities…

There are two possible causes of this:

  1. 1. It’s possible that the songs or albums were purchased after the latest royalty reports were released to us. It takes stores between two to three months to release sales reports. So, it’s possible it’s just a matter of time. Wait it out a bit and see if the sale comes through in a few weeks.
  2. 2. It’s possible that Jo Bob from that gig last month forgot to buy it (or said he did, but didn’t). C’mon Jo Bob! Unfortunately this happens from time to time, and we’re sorry. It sucks. If Jo Bob is your friend, remind him that friends support each other’s art. (Or find truer friends. Just saying.) ☺

if the problem is #1, just wait a bit and they'll show up eventually. If you think the problem is #2, call your friends out for being cheap and not supporting your art! :-)

Why Does My Sales Report Show Earnings of Zero from Some Streaming Services?

In short, we aren’t completely sure, but it could be one of a few reasons. Royalty calculation takes a few factors into consideration.

Sometimes streaming companies don’t pay royalties when your song is played on a free trial. It may be that Spotify (and certain others) have divided the revenue up to such miniscule proportions, based on country, that there is almost nothing to pay out. This happens especially with smaller countries, based on subscriptions and ads. This is our best guess, and not our attempt to speak on Spotify’s behalf.

Click here for a link to Spotify’s Royalty Calculator.

When I Delete a Release, Do I Still Get My Royalties?

Yes!

Lets say you decide to delete a release from availability for whatever reason. You will still get any royalties you may have earned while your music was live on stores, up until the point it disappears. The royalties will flow through to your account, as per our normal reporting schedule.

Expect to wait up to 1-2 weeks for your deleted music to disappear from all stores, sometimes sooner.

What Kind of Info Will I Find in My 1Place Music Royalty Reports?

You'll receive a summary report once every month. It shows how much you've earned from each store & streaming service. You can break that down by month.

You Guys Say You Sent My Money to PayPal, But It’s Not Showing Up In My PayPal Account. Where Is It, Please?

If your 1Place Music account says that money was sent to your PayPal account, but you’re not seeing it, then there’s a problem with your PayPal account.

First, double check the email address that 1Place Music has in your 1Place account is the email address associated with the PayPal account where we’re supposed the send the money. If the email address in your 1Place account is wrong, contact us with the right one.

If your email address is not the problem, it’s time to contact PayPal. Find out why your account isn't receiving money. After the problem has been fixed (or you open a new PayPal account), contact support@1placemusic.com and let us know, so we can resend your payment.

Can 1Place Pay My Collaborators?

Unfortunately, no. We would have to charge a fee for every collaborator, like an annual sign-up fee to manage this process for you. It’s just messy. The cost is so much lower if you handle it on your own. Plus, you get to be the one who receives the good vibes when you hand your collaborators money. Hooray!

1PLACE STORE SPECIFIC FAQ

Can I Get a Verified Spotify Artist Profile?

Yup. But it’s a process that is handled by Spotify. All you have to do is fill out this Spotify form.

Spotify does stipulate the following before you proceed with their process…

  • Your artist page has more than 250 followers
  • You currently have music appearing on the service
  • You have a working user profile that is not yet merged with an artist page.

Can You Send My Music to Pandora?

We can absolutely send it to Pandora. From there, however, we can’t make a lot of guarantees. See, Pandora has their own evaluation process of the music submitted to them. If your music is even chosen, (and we really hope it is) from there we can’t offer much of a timeline about when your music will go live.

I Don't See Shazam Listed Under Stores Available?

We do offer the opportunity send your music to Shazam, but because Shazam neither streams nor sells music – only identifies – it’s not listed as a distributor. In addition to choosing Shazam to identify your music, you can also add Siri as an option when you sign up. Both of these services recognize your music.

Help! Spotify Has My Music on Another Artists' Page.

Guess what! We can totally help you with that!

From time to time Spotify lumps artists with the same or similar names together.

Just contact us at support@1placemusic.com

Umm. Non-Latin Characters Appear as Question Marks "??????" in Amazon.

This is a bug that Amazon is working to fix. Until they do, it’s a bummer. But just know that they do have the appropriate characters stored in their database. Likewise, fans who purchase from Amazon will get the correct metadata embedded in the tracks they purchase (as long as their player supports the characters).

My "Featured Artists" Look Different on Apple Music than it does on Spotify and other stores?

Each store displays information uniquely and, thusly, they request that we format your information to match their distinctive style guides, so we do.

You can see examples of how featured artists look in Apple Music vs. Spotify below.

What is iTunes Match?

iTunes Match is a streaming service, sort of. Subscribers to iTunes Match pay $25 to be able to upload all of their music (even song imported from CDs) to the Apple cloud. From there they can stream their music collection from Apple's cloud to any device.

Every time a subscriber streams one of your songs you get paid. Do you know what this means?

  1. It means every time a fan streams your song you get paid. And, essentially, you get paid twice – once for the original purchase and once for the stream.
  2. It means that if your fan got their hands on your song without paying for it, you still get paid. Hey-yo!

How Do I Get a Fancy-Shmancy iTunes/Spotify Artist Page?

When you use 1Place to distribute your music, we will happily place your music on iTunes, Spotify, etc.

However, when it comes to the swanky artist pages on iTunes with reviews and bios, you’ll have to go through AllMusic (link).

And here’s the thing, there’s a fair amount of fairy dust involved here, because submitting your music to AllMusic neither guarantees the acceptance of your music, nor the favorable review of your music. Plus, it’s iTunes that has to decide to change your artist page, even if you do get a glowing review from AllMusic. But, we’re rooting for you!

Also note that it is still worthwhile to upload your music to iTunes with or without the fancy artist page.

Help! I’ve Searched For My Music in Stores and I Can’t Find It.

If – after you searched for your music using the artist name or title – you cannot locate it in stores, there are a few possibilities as to why:

  • Your music isn’t yet live. Click here to see how long it takes store to make albums go live.
  • Your artist name is still being indexed. Therefore, it may not appear in searches, even though your music is live. Unfortunately 1Place doesn’t have control over store searches – stores handle this in-house. However, it shouldn't take long for them to index your name shortly after your release is live. This generally happens if this is the first time using your artist name.
  • Your release title may be commonly used. If you have a popular song or album title, such as "Hold On," it may not show in the initial results – especially if there are other releases super popular in rank.

How Can I Link to My Music on Stores?

Hooray! This is a relatively easy one.

To add store links to your website or social media, just go to each store, find your page on each store, and copy the URL (by right clicking on the URL and choosing “copy link” or “copy URL”) and then pasting it wherever you want – i.e. emails, your website, your Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Each store has a different link, so you'll need to go to each store and copy and share links to each store that sells your music.

Why is the Audio Quality in Stores Not As Good As the Original I Uploaded?

Here’s the skinny. Stores and streaming services alike want songs to download faster due to the ridiculous amounts of content they deal with. In an effort to speed this process, they compress audio files. As it stands now, compression technology sometimes has the unintended side effect of diminished sound quality. This sucks.

There are really smart people in the world working on this issue and as technology advances, so will the quality of compressed audio files.

Until then, here’s what can be done: fans can usually make their audio sound better when they’re using Spotify, as an example, by going to "Preferences" and turn on "High Quality Streaming."

How Do I Go About Updating My Artist Bio or Photo in Stores?

The bad news is that we don’t distribute images or bio content for store profiles. It’s something you’ll have to connect with each store on. There’s normally info on their websites under FAQs concerning how to update this info.

The good news is that we do give stores your album artwork (which is magical, by the way).

ROYALTY MANAGEMENT AND (THE) YOUTUBE

Audiam & YouTube FAQ

Please visit the Audiam FAQ site for specific information about Audiam & YouTube: http://www.audiam.com/faq/

What is YouTube Red?

YouTube Red is a music streaming service from YouTube.

Your music and artwork will be automatically combined to create an "ArtTrack," which is a video on YouTube that displays your artwork & plays your song.

For every monetized play (or play featuring an ad) of your music, you get paid. Another way plays are monetized is when paying subscribers of YouTube Red listens to your music. Your payment, in this case, is dependent on how much the subscriber pays and how much the subscriber listened to your particular track(s).

YouTube Red is available in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States.

What is YouTube Cash?

YouTube Cash is a 1Place service that ensures that you are paid when other people use your music in their YouTube videos.

Here's how it works:

  • First, enroll in YouTube Cash. You'll see pricing information there. Price is per track (album or single).
  • Once you've opted in, 1Place will add your music to YouTube's Content ID database. Content ID is how YouTube recognizes your music when it appears in a video. For more information, see this Content ID video.
  • When YouTube identifies your music in a video, monetization (ads) will be turned-on for that video. The ad revenue (minus 20%) will go to you, instead of the person who uploaded the video. These earnings will be shown in your 1Place "1Place Mattress" tab.

Music I've Uploaded for YouTube Red Is Showing/Appearing in a YouTube Channel I Don't Recognize

YouTube Red is YouTube's streaming service. 1Place lets you easily add your music to YouTube Red. Just select "YouTube Red" on 1Place's upload form.

YouTube will decide which channel your music goes into:

  • Hashtag Channels: Many artists are automatically assigned a hashtag channel. This is usually your name, preceded by the hashtag symbol. For example, #AndyGrammer. Note that this is a different channel than his official channel, AndyGrammerVEVO. Both of those channels are his. The hashtag channel includes content that's available in YouTube Red's app & streaming service.
  • Various Artists - Topic: Many times, YouTube adds artists' music to a channel called "Various Artists - Topic". This is usually for undiscovered artists with smaller play counts. When an artist becomes more popular, their music is often moved (by YouTube) to a hashtag channel.

There is no way to move your content from one of those channels, to your own YouTube channel. You can, of course, upload whatever you want directly to your regular YouTube channel. But you'll still want your music in its YouTube Red channel (one of the two in the above bullets) as well.

Can I Add Upgrades (YouTube Cash, Cover Song Licensing, Etc.) After I've Uploaded My Release?

Sorry, but no.

Select your upgrades when you upload your album or single to 1Place.

If you want to add upgrades to a track or album that's already uploaded, just delete it and re-upload with the upgrades you want. Hey-yo!

The time it takes retailers to remove an album is generally the same amount of time it takes them to for them to be added. That means you don’t have to worry about too much overlap or space between your upgraded version and your upgrade-less version.

Opted into YouTube Cash and Was Notified by YouTube That Audiam Made a Copyright Claim on My Music

As an optional service, 1Place offers "YouTube Cash." Through this service we'll add your music tracks to YouTube's Content ID system, which combs the proverbial YouTube forest for videos that include your music. When your music is located, ads are displayed on the video and you'll get the ad revenue. Huzzah!

If your YouTube features (or uses at all) your music, chances are YouTube will notify you that there's been a copyright claim against your video. Never fear! This means Content ID is doing its job. It’s working! Hooray! It found your music (in your own video). Ignoring this notification is perfectly okay. Think of it as a systems check and know you will be receiving a check from your monetized video in the near future.

It’s possible YouTube will say the copyright claim is from "Audiam." Not to worry! Audiam is the amazing company that goes out and finds your music. They’re the people who help us get you paid. Thusly, you can just disregard this email. Audiam will send the ad revenue to 1Place, and 1Place will send it to you.

If there are videos you'd like to whitelist, we can disable Music Money from those videos, release all claims, and leave them alone. Contact support@1placemusic.com.

I Used 1Place to Upload My Music to YouTube. When I Try to Play It in YouTube, It Won't Play. Why Not?

YouTube Red is currently only available in Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United States. If you're outside of these countries, you'll likely get an error message when trying to play your 1Place music in YouTube.

If I Submit My Music to YouTube Red, Will It Cause Problems with Content ID?

YouTube Red is a music streaming service in which subscribers to YouTube Red can listen to your music.

Often times, people will get this confused with YouTube Content ID, a service which flags a video within YouTube, which contains audio from a song that is not owned by the person who posted the video. Many musicians who use 1Place want their music to be freely used by fans within their YouTube videos.

Content ID will not identify the music distributed to YouTube Red. Thusly, fans will be able to use your music within their videos without getting scolded.

What's the Difference Between Using 1Place to Upload My Music to YouTube, Versus Uploading It to YouTube Directly?

There’s not a huge difference, except that it’s one less thing for you to have to do (You know… All your stuff – 1Place.) Plus, we generate Art Tracks for your music automatically.

If you'd rather upload your music directly to YouTube – that’s great! No harm, no foul. When you upload your music to 1Place, just remove YouTube as a store selection.

If Somebody Records My Song, Will YouTube Money Pick Up on That?

Glad you asked!

The original artist gets paid for the composition use of a cover, not the sound recording.

The person covering the song gets paid for the sound recording use, not the composition.

Sound a little complicated? Well, you’d be right. Here’s an in-depth explanation…
https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/posting-cover-songs-on-youtube-what-you-need-to-know

1PLACE AND ISRC/UPC CODES

Do I Need to Know What an ISRC or UPC Code Is?

Nope! But just so you know, these are codes that the music industry uses to identify music tracks.

1Place takes care of these things automatically (generates them, associates them with your music, etc.) so you don't have to think about it. Focus on your music and leave the technical mumbo-jumbo to us.

Does 1Place Provide ISRC Codes?

An ISRC code is a unique code assigned to each and every song you upload.

1Place will automatically generate new 1Place ISRC codes and associate them with every song you upload. It's free and automatic and you don't have to worry about it.

I Already Have UPC and ISRC Codes. Can I Use Them?

ISRC codes, yep. UPC codes, no.

1Place automatically generates ISRC codes for each release, so you don't have to think about it (or even know what that means).

But if you want to specify your own ISRC codes for whatever reason, no prob! It's easy: Click "already got an ISRC code?" on 1Place's upload form. There will be a box where you enter your existing ISRC code.

Do I Need to Provide UPC or ISRC Codes?

No. It’s not necessary to provide UPC or ISRC codes to 1Place.
But, you can if you want to. Just enter the codes when you upload your album or song.

If you want to apply for a UPC issued by GS1, please contact information@1placemusic.com we’ll generate one for you. Typically, you only need one UPC code per album (no need to get crazy), and there is a slight charge involved.

Can I Get My ISRC Codes Before I Upload My Music?

No, you Eager Beaver.

Should I Embed My ISRC Codes Directly into My Audio Files?

Forget about it.

You don't need to bother embedding ISRC codes directly into your .wav (or other format) audio files. If you do, it won't cause any harm. But it's a waste of your precious time (stores ignore the data).

MAKING EDITS TO EXISTING CONTENT

How Do I Delete an Upload from Stores?

Just send an email to your 1Place contact or information@1placemusic.com and tell them which product you want to remove from the stores. You cannot delete part of an album, you must delete everything in the original upload. But, no worries, it can then be re-uploaded just the way you want it.

Can I Edit an Album Once It's Uploaded?

Yes and no.

Currently, you can’t edit it. Sorry. But you can remove it and then re-upload the album with any spelling corrections, different artwork, track removals or additions – whatever you need to change. Additional uploads of the same album or tracks due to changes made by the author (you) will incur additional charges - but we are reasonable and we will try to keep the charge as low as possible. You do have unlimited uploads for new work, doesn’t that feel good?

If you remove & then add the corrected album on the same day, there may be some overlap/pause in your album’s retail availability. The reason? It takes the same amount of time for stores to delete an album, as it does for them to make an album live.

And, if anyone bought your album before it was deleted, you will still get paid for it. Exciting, huh?

Can I Add Tracks to an Uploaded Album?

You can, but only if you delete the entire album and re-upload the updated album with the additional track.

How Do I Remove a Song from One of My Albums?

The bad news is, you can’t delete a song from an uploaded album. You first have to delete your album from all stores and then upload it again.

Just send an email to your 1Place contact or information@1placemusic.com and tell them which product you want to remove from the stores. You cannot delete part of an album, you must delete everything in the original upload. But, no worries, it can then be re-uploaded just the way you want it.

If My Music is Already Live, is It Possible to Add It to Additional Stores?

Yes! All daylong.

Just send a note to your 1Place rep and tell them you want to add previously added music to new stores.
Then… get crazy and choose any of the stores you want for distribution.

How Do I Edit My Artist/Band Name?

Unfortunately you can’t simply edit your Artist or Band’s name. But take heart!

You can simply delete the album with the former name and re-upload it with the new and improved name.

Now, the artist/band name you entered for your account is attached to the account forever and ever. So, take a poll and figure which name you really like.

If I Delete and then Re-upload My Album, Will the Old Spotify & ITunes Links Still Work?

No siree.

Links expire when you delete your release. New uploads = new links.

Is It Possible to Add, Remove, or Reorder Tracks After Uploading an Album?

Heck no, techno.

But you can delete your old album and upload the edited one – for free, no less! Deleting and re-adding on the same day may cause overlap or gap in the stores. Either way it will generally be rectified in about the same amount of time as it took to make the album go live, which is relatively minimal.

Can I Add Tracks to an Album That Is Already Launched?

Nope.

Can I Edit My Album Price, Album Title, Song Titles, Artist Name, or Other Information After Uploading?

Technically, no. If you need to make a change, you only have to delete the old album and re-upload the corrected one.

Can I Delete My Music from a Certain Store, but Leave It in Other Stores?

It’s not that simple, unfortunately. But it can be done.

To remove your music from a specific store(s), you can…

  • Remove your album from all stores.
  • Then, without delay, right after Step 1, re-upload your album to only the stores you want. Boom!

If you remove & then add the corrected album on the same day, there may be some overlap/pause in your album’s retail availability. The reason? It takes the same amount of time for stores to delete an album, as it does for them to make an album live.

If, after you re-upload, there are different versions of the same album (because you deleted and re-uploaded on the same day), you will still be paid for purchases of either album.

Once I’ve Deleted My Album From Stores, How Long Will It Take to See the Change?

The removal of your album takes about the same amount of time as it took to make your album go live.

These are the approximate timelines for various stores:

Amazon - About 5-7 days

iTunes - Anywhere from same-day, to a week.

Spotify - Generally about a week.

Google Play - About 1-2 days.

Beats Music, Deezer - About 1-2 weeks.

YouTube Music - About 1-3 days.

TIDAL - About a week.