There a quite a few different options musicians and bands have today in order to upload their music to Google Play. In fact, we have tried out quite a few great services such as Distrokid, Tunecore, CDBaby, AWAL, and a number of other music distributors in order to get our music onto Google Play. However, in this example, we’re going to provide vivid instructions on how you can upload your music to Google Play, Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, Tencent, YouTube, and more by using the music distribution service Routenote.
If you’re looking for a free, easy to follow guide on how to upload music to Google Play, then you have come to the right place. In less than 10 minutes, you too can be uploading your music onto Google Play Music.
So how do you get your music onto Google Play you’re asking?
How To Upload Music to Google Play
Once you have all of your completed assets such as a mixed and mastered song, song artwork of the dimensions 3,000 pixels by 3,000 pixels, it’s time to upload your song to be played on Google Play Music.
Step 1. Sign up for a music distributor
When you get to the Routenote website, click the green Sign Up button on the top right. When signing up for Routenote you can either choose between using your email address, or conveniently with your Google, Facebook, Twitter, or SoundCloud account.
Step 2. Upload your music to be released through the music distributor
Once you have confirmed your account, hover over the Distribution tab and then locate the ‘Create New Release’ button. From here, enter in the name of your song, album, or compilation release as the ‘Release Title.’ Routenote will automatically assign a UPC or EAN if you do not have one at the time of your release.
Step 3. Complete all of the album details
There are 4 sections that you will need to have fully completed before being able to schedule your music for Google Play. The first section is ‘Album Details.’ In the album details, you’ll want to declare whether the music you are uploading falls into either just a single or an album or EP title. In this section, you’ll also want to state who will hold the Composition Copyright, Sound Recording Copyright, and name of the Record Label. If you are self-releasing, feel free to put your artist name on all three of those fields. Be sure to mark whether or not your songs contain any explicit content or not.
Step 4. Add your audio to the music distribution service
For this next step, it’s time to upload your audio files to the music distribution service. If you are just uploading a single, then proceed to upload just one track. If you are uploading an EP or album, be sure to click ‘Add Track’ in order to upload another song. Be sure to only upload a high-quality version of your song in either MP3 or FLAC file formats. Now that you have added your track, fill out all of the song or album metadata.
Step 5. Add the song or album artwork
Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music are fairly strict when it comes to the images they allow to be uploaded onto its platform. Be sure to stay away from any copyrighted images and only upload artwork that you have created, or pictures from creative commons websites such as Unsplash. Make sure that you do not upload any artwork containing contact information, websites, hashtags, pricing information, or blurry and pixelated images.
Step 6. Select which platforms to upload your music to
Most music distributors will give you a number of options to select from for where to distribute your music to. On Routenote in particular, you can not only upload your music onto Google Play, but also iTunes & Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, eMusic, Spotify, Anghami, Deezer, Tidal, Claro-musica, Juke, SoundCloud, Shazam, Gracenote, Kanjan, Pandora, Napster, Melon, iHeartRadio, 7Digital, Saavn, Facebook, Naver/Vibe, Netease, Tencent, AWA, and YouTube.
Step 7. Choose your distribution model
Routenote is one of the few music distribution platforms that will allow you to upload your music for free. While you do have to give up 15% of your royalties, you can also opt for the Premium Distribution model which costs just $10 for Singles, $20 for EPs, $30 for Albums, and $45 for Extended Albums. Please note the $10 annual fee as well.
Routenote and other music distribution channels typically pay 3 months from your very first stream date. Be sure to add your PayPal information so that Routenote will pay you accordingly.
Frequently Asked Questions About Upload Music To Google Play
How does Google Play Music pay its artists?
Google Play Music does not actually pay you direct for your music that has been uploaded to its platform. Instead, they will pay the distributor who will then pay you.