Every year, iTunes / Apple, Beatport, and many other partners take a holiday and stop ingesting content after a period of time. This is not only as a way for employees of these partners to celebrate their holidays but for business operations to conclude.
Please take note of these important content cut offs for the end of the year 2017. We will continue to update this article with additional updates. This article will be emailed to all clients, posted on our SymphonicMS system, and more. It is best to plan as early as possible to avoid issues and delays. General information about what the content freeze is can be found here.
It is possible that our 48 hour approval time may be delayed due to higher amounts of received content. It is highly recommended that the 2 week minimum on submitting a release be extended to accommodate your requested release date during this time of year.
WE RECOMMEND that you submit ALL releases with a release date of 12/9/2017 through 1/5/2018 by at least December 1st to avoid issues and/or unforeseen delays.
- -Thanksgiving ingestion freeze: Thursday, November 23rd – Sunday, Nov. 26 (this means that no release will be ingested during this time).
- Holiday content freeze: Monday, Dec. 11 – Tuesday, Jan. 2(content with a release date or pre-order start date between December 11-January 3 must be delivered by Friday, Dec. 8 as the dates below will also state).
Apple Music / iTunes
If you plan to release new music on Apple Music and the iTunes Store in November and December 2017, check the following delivery deadlines below.
Music submitted after these deadlines may not be available on the desired release date.
Due to the high volume of deliveries and updates Apple will receive during this time of year, we will not be able to make changes between December 21, 2017 and December 28, 2017. Make sure to submit any important content, pricing changes, or clearance changes by the respective deadlines noted in this message.
12/8/2017 – Friday, November 24, 2017
12/15/2017 – Friday, December 1, 2017
12/22/2017 – Friday, December 1, 2017
12/29/2017 – Friday, December 8, 2017
1/5/2018 – Friday, December 8, 2017