How to get your Internet radio stream listed on iTunes
So you want more listeners for your internet radio stream… And getting listed on iTunes seems like a great way to grow your audiense… But you can’t figure out how to submit your internet radio station? You’re not alone. Somehow a high-tech company like Apple still uses Excel spreadsheets to manage their Internet radio listings on iTunes!
1. Download iTunes submission spreadsheet
2. Fill out the spreadsheet with the following information
The name of your internet radio stream.
You must choose one of Apple’s presets and you can only choose 1 genre. Here they are:
- 70s Retro
- 80s Flashback
- 90s Hits
- Adult Contemporary
- Alternative Rock
- Classic Rock
- Golden Oldies
- Hard Rock / Metal
- Hip Hop / Rap
- International / World
- News / Talk Radio
- Reggae / Island, Religious
- RnB / Soul
- Sports Radio
- Top 40 / Pop
Your city and state (or province)
Your 2-letter country code. Here’s a list of country codes.
A short description of your radio station
Stream contains explicit language. Yes or no.
Choose from the presets in the spreadsheet. The only option as of today is 23.
Choose from the presets in the spreadsheet. The only option as of today is Yes.
Provider Contact Info:
Your personal information
- Contact name
- phone number
- iTunes Store login account / email address
Active or inactive (obviously you want to select Active!)
Choose from the presets in the spreadsheet. The only option as of today is 45.
Your stream URL. If you’re a Zencast client, go to your stream control panel, go to the “quick links” page, and find the iTunes URL under “tune-in links”
Your internet radio stream language
Yes or no. Most of us will select “no” here, but
Your bitrate. iTunes only accepts 128kbps or more for MP3 streams. They will accept AAC+ streams of 64kbps for talk radio streams.
3. Send an email to the iTunes Radio team
Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The email should include:
- Subject line *exactly like this*: Station Submission: station name
- ex: Station Submission: Hits Radio
- Stream type: MP3, AAC, or AAC+
- 1400px X 1400px JPG or PNG cover image
- The spreadsheet you just filled out
Note that the email should come from the address listed in your spreadsheet.
4. Wait for iTunes
The process should take 5 business days
5. Watch your audience grow!