TUTORIALS & Help
How to create and distribute an album
In this video we show in five minutes what you need to create an album, how you can upload your audio, metadata and artwork to Cosmo Distribution, and how you can distribute the album to selected channels.
How to Distribute a Ringtone to iTunes
In order to distribute a ringtone, take into account that the audio must have a maximum length of 30 seconds.
Please keep in mind that we apply our content infringement guidelines very strictly on ringtones.
Steps for distributing a Ringtone to iTunes:
1) Login to your account and click ¨Create a Release¨
2) Insert the title followed by ¨- Ringtone¨
3) Add the cover art and artists information, and the ¨Format¨ field,choose ¨Single¨
4) Make sure the audio you upload in each track does not exceed 30 seconds
5) Distribute the release to iTunes.
Using Uppercase, Lowercase, Abbreviations, Accents and Special Characters
To ensure that the accents and capitalization appear correctly on all channels, you must specify an appropriate spelling in the metadata fields. Our quality control team reserves the right to correct errors in grammar, in spelling and punctuation.
1. Nonstandard capitalization. Titles should not contain all capital letters or all lower case letters. All titles and names, should appear with a proper use of capitalization.
2. Abbreviation. The words "Part" and "Volume" should be abbreviated as "Pt." and "Vol."
The titles that require the use of one of those two words, should have the following format: "Title, Vol. X" and "Title, Pt. X" (where "X" is a number.)
3. Titles in English. The titles for albums and tracks in English language, should have title case format (all words are capitalized except articles and conjunctions). In addition, the first letter of the words before and after a hyphen (-), a slash (/) or a colon (:), should be capitalized.
For example: In the Still of the Night
The following words should always be lowercase, with a few exceptions:
- a, an, and, as, but, for, from, nor, of, or, so, the, to, y yet.
- Prepositions of four letters or less (at, by, for, from, in, into, of, off, on, onto, out, over, to, up, y with)
How it should be done - EXAMPLES:
- Life of the Party
- Watch Them Run
- Calendar of Protest
- Fear the Priest
- Desert Oasis and Desert Winds
Titles of albums and tracks
1. Accuracy. Albums and / or tracks titles, should always match the cover image titles.
2. Additional Information. All titles of albums and / or tracks should not include additional information, unless it is really necessary for the identification of content.
3. Singles. A disc must only be identified as a Single format disc, if it contains from 1 to 3 tracks, having duration of less than 10 minutes each.
4. Singles of 1 track. For all Single format discs containing a single track, the disc title and track title must be the same.
5. EPs. A disc must be identified as an EP if:
It has from 1 to 3 tracks, with one the tracks having duration of at least 10 minutes, and a total duration of 30 minutes or less.
It has from 4 to 6 tracks, having a total duration of 30 minutes or less.
6. Audios must match. Audio files and track titles must always match. It's not accepted to upload an audio to the non-corresponding track.
7. Generic titles. Do not use generic titles for the tracks. Titles as: Track 01, Track 02, will not be accepted.
8. Multiple titles for album and tracks. The albums and / or tracks containing multiple titles must be separated with a slash. Please insert a space before and after the slash.
9. Silent and hidden tracks. The silent tracks, hidden tracks, and ghost tracks, should be clearly indicated in the version field.
10.Tracks version information. To differentiate between multiple versions of the same track, or indicate that a track is different from its original version, use the corresponding description in its version field.
11. Use of "Exclusive" or "Limited Edition". The titles of albums and / or tracks must not contain terms such as "Exclusive" or "Limited Edition", because the titles are a permanent part of the content.
12. References physical contents and / or digital, or content which is not included. The album titles should not include terms referring to contents which are not included in the album. Such as, physical formats, digital formats, and / or geographic location. Some examples are: E-Release, Digital Version, Digital Only, Digital Download, with Booklet, European Edition, American Edition, etc.
13. Unnecessary version information. The standard version, i.e., the original version of a track, must not include additional information. For example: Original Version, Album Version, Original Mix, etc.
14. Live content. If a track is recorded live, it must be indicated in the version field as "Live", " Ao Vivo", "En Vivo", and so on, according to the language of the album.
15. Censoring Words. Artist names, track titles, and album titles must be submitted in the original form that was intended by the artist. Explicit words are automatically censored in some channels, and would appear as for example: f**k, or s**t. So do not insert the asterisks in the titles.