It can take several days for albums to be reviewed, approved, and sent to stores. If it's important that your album go live on a specific date, click here to read about release dates. Otherwise, by default, your release should go live once ingested by stores according to the rough schedule below.
- iTunes/Apple Music: 1-7 days. A very small percentage of albums go through manual review at Apple, which takes an additional 1-2 weeks or so.
- Spotify: 2-5 days
- Amazon: 1-2 days
- YouTube Music: 1-2 days.
- Deezer: 1-2 days
- TIDAL: 1-2 days
- Facebook/Instagram: 1-2 weeks.
- TikTok: 1-3 weeks.
Note: Delays are rare, but they do happen, and are typically outside of DistroKid's direct control.
Pandora has their own in-house review process to curate content, so we are not able to provide too much info in regards to how long it might take releases to be added to Pandora stations (if they are). To be included in Pandora Premium (Pandora's rad streaming service), please read THIS.
Also: If you plan on releasing music on Apple Music between November 27, 2020, and January 1, 2021, please click here to read about holiday delivery deadlines.
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!
Please note: Securing cover song licenses can take up to 14 business days. Releases with cover songs will be submitted as soon as the license is approved by Harry Fox Agency (who handles our cover licenses).
Double Note: Earlier this year, Google announced plans to sunset the Google Play Music service. Please visit this page for the latest updates from Google: