Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Submitting your songs to Pandora, part of Selling Music: MP3s Streams and CDs.
Although you can get your Sansa Pandora through an aggregator, it's also one of the few platforms that encourages individual submissions as well. That said, there's some guidelines. After you sign in with your Pandora listener account, all it takes is a few simple steps to submit your tracks. You can go directly to submit.pandora.com. Well just submit your music link in the footer of the web page. Here's what you need to have in hand to successfully submit to Pandora. You need a Pandora listener account, your contact information, the artist or band name, the name of the release, and a valid link to at least one of your tracks on iTunes, Amazon com or Amazon MP3, CD Baby or Bandcamp.
In order to submit, you need two links one purchase link where the Pandora curation team can buy it and one streaming link. The purchase link must be from iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon, or CD Baby. With the new submissions process, you no longer need a CD available on Amazon, or a UPC code for your music. In a few clicks, your work is sent directly to the Pandora creation team for review. Approved submissions are purchased and ingested from one of the digital music sources. If you're an artist submitting on your own behalf, you can only have one submission in the system at a time.
If your submission is approved, you have to wait until your submission is live in Pandora before submitting another. If your submission was not approved, you may start the submissions process again, provide the submissions teams with different tracks for review.
Next he moves into the digital realm, giving an overview of the digital music services and players available. Bobby shows how giving away some of your music can actually lead to more sales, and how to set the price point for your music. He discusses the importance of metadata and registering your songs with performance rights organizations to ensure you get paid when your music is played on the radio, TV, or the Internet. Finally, Bobby wraps up by explaining how to submit your music to the largest online services, including Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes.