How To Convert Correctly Audio & Artwork for DSPs

Stores can be pretty picky about audio and cover art uploads, so if you’re hitting an error message while trying to upload your files, don’t stress. Here’s a simple guide to help you convert your files and get things back on track!

Audio Requirements

When you’re preparing audio files for upload, they must meet certain specifications. The file should be in uncompressed WAV format with a sample rate of at least 44.1kHz and a minimum of 16-bit resolution. The file size should be under 250MB. If you’re using higher resolutions like 24-bit MFiT (Mastered for iTunes), those are also accepted.

Converting to WAV Using iTunes

If you need to convert your audio files to meet these requirements, here’s a straightforward way to do it using iTunes. First, open the iTunes application, and from the menu, click ‘Edit’ then ‘Preferences.’ In the Preferences window, find ‘Import Settings’ and choose WAV Encoder, leaving the settings as ‘Automatic.’ Click ‘OK’ twice to return to the main iTunes window. Next, drag and drop your audio files from your computer into the iTunes window under ‘Songs.’ To convert these files to WAV format, highlight all the songs you want to convert, click ‘File’ in the main menu, then select ‘Convert’ and ‘Create WAV Version.’ Your selected tracks will convert to WAV and be saved in the iTunes Music folder. To find these converted tracks, right-click on one of them and choose ‘Show in Windows Explorer.’

Converting to WAV Using an Online Converter

If iTunes isn’t your thing, you can use an online converter to achieve the same result. Head to an online converter, and click ‘Choose File’ to upload your audio file. You can also import files from Dropbox or Google Drive. Make sure you set the Bit Resolution to 16-bit, the Sampling Rate to 44.1kHz, and the Audio Channels to Stereo. Leave other options as is, then click ‘Convert File.’ The converted file should download automatically; just check your downloads folder to locate it. Once your files are converted, you can upload them to Melokid or your desired platform. Happy uploading!

Artwork requirements

To meet the minimum requirements for cover art, your image must be in jpg/jpeg format, sized at exactly 3000 x 3000 pixels, which means it needs to be a perfect square. The file should also be under 10MB.

If you need to check the size of your image, it’s simple. On Windows, right-click the image file and select ‘Properties’. Go to the ‘Details’ tab and scroll down to the ‘Image’ section, where you can find the Width and Height dimensions. On a Mac, right-click the image file and choose ‘Get Info’. Look under ‘More Info’, and you’ll see the ‘Dimensions’ showing the size of your image.

If your image is smaller than 3000 x 3000 pixels, you can easily resize it with an online converter. Upload your image and choose ‘Custom’ in the ‘New Size’ field, then type in 3000 for both width and height. Click ‘Resize’, and after processing, download the new file. Be sure to open it to ensure it hasn’t become pixelated or blurred during resizing. Once you’re satisfied with the result, you can upload it as your cover art on the Create Your Release page.

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