How to get music on Apple Music and iTunes on time this Holiday Season 2021

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Here are the dates to upload your music by this year to ensure it’s uploaded in time with delays around the New Year.

If you have an upcoming release that you’re planning to upload in the next few months approaching the Holiday Season and the New Year, here are the dates you need to bear in mind. When planning your upcoming release please use this calendar to allow yourself time for upload to Apple Music and iTunes.

Release DateDelivery Deadline
November 26, 2021November 12, 2021
December 3, 2021November 19, 2021
December 10, 2021December 3, 2021
December 17, 2021December 10, 2021
December 24, 2021December 10, 2021
December 31, 2021December 17, 2021
January 7, 2022December 24, 2021

Bear in mind that when uploading your music through RouteNote you will need to pass moderation before being sent to stores. Whilst we aim to moderate your releases within 5 days, there may be an issue with your release which needs action before we can review it again and approve it if the changes are made.

Please allow time for moderation, potential changes to be made, and then for delivery between us and Apple when considering their own delivery deadlines and release date schedules for the Holiday Season this year.

If you are updating your releases that are already uploaded to Apple Music and iTunes then please also consider delays due to the change in schedule and that your music might not be updated as quickly as usual between the 20th December 2021 and the 1st January 2022.

If you have any questions or issues then get in touch with us via a Support Ticket or at

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