Don't support DDEX? No problem! You can send your catalog's metadata in CSV file format!
Download the CSV file template here
Please fill out as much information as possible in regards to the file headers outlined in row 1 without altering the format of the CSV. The more information provided the better we can more accurately identify your content in remixes and DJ mixes.
Here is a full list of the file headers included in row 1 followed by their definitions. Columns that are required to be populated are noted with an asterisk*:
album_artist* - Primary recording artist for release
album_title* - Title of release
album_grid - Global Release Identifier - A system used to identify digital sound recordings for electronic distribution
album_ean or album_upc* - A unique code identifying a release as commercial product. EAN for Europe, UPC for United States
album_release_date* - Date on which album was released commercially
album_label* - Record label under which the album was released
album_art_filename* - Exact filename of art file uploaded to ftp. Ex: albumcover.jpg
track_number - Track number on the album sequence
track_title* - Title of the song
track_filename* - Exact filename of audio file uploaded to ftp. Ex: song.wav
track_custom_id - Label-centric ID for catalog purposes
track_artist* - Primary recording artist for track
track_genres* - Accepted genres: Alternative/Indie, Blues, Cast Recordings/Cabaret, Children's, Christian/Gospel, Classical/Opera, Comedy/Spoken Word, Country, Electronica/Dance, Folk, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, New Age, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae/Ska, Rock, Seasonal, Soul/R&B, Soundtracks, Vocals, World
track_isrc* - International Standard Recording Code - Unique identifying number for sound recordings
track_pline - Publisher of the song
track_territory_start_dates - The date that the track went live in the country it was released in
track_explicit_lyrics* - Whether or not the song contains explicit lyrics: Indicate Yes or No
Catalog Number - Unique number assigned to each release by the label
Recording Country - Country that the song was recorded in
Track Length* - Length of the song - formatted 00:00:00
1st Release Country - Country that the song was first released in
Distributor - Name of distributor used to distribute release
Name of 1st Owner - Name of the first artist or rights holder to own the release
Nationality of the 1st Owner - Country in which the first artist or rightsholder to own the release is from
Creating CSV files
Using Microsoft Excel
a) Click on File -> New from Template… -> Select template file included in the package ‘CIP – csv file template.xltx'
b) After you're done adding your catalog data to the file, save it by clicking on File -> Save As…-> <YYYYMMDDHHMM>.csv. Make sure file format is ‘CSV UTF-8’
Using Apple Numbers
a) Click on File -> Open… -> Select ‘CIP – csv file template.numbers’
b) After done adding your catalog data to the file, save it by clicking on File -> Export to -> CSV…
c) Make sure CSV is highlighted and click on ‘Next…’
d) in ‘Save As’ field enter file name in the following format <YYYYMMDDHHMM.csv> and click on Export
Using Google sheets
a) Open your preferred browser and go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets
b) Click on File -> Open
c) Select ‘Upload’ tab and select the ‘CIP – csv file template.xltx’ file from your computer
d) When opened, click on CTRL-A-A to select the whole spreadsheet.
e) Click on Format -> Number -> Plain Text
f) After done adding your catalog data to the file, save it to your local drive by clicking on File -> Download As…-> Comma-Separated Values
Server Organization and Directory/File Naming Convention
Labels need to upload CSV files to predefined directory:
Resources (audio files and front cover images) should be copied to resourcesdirectory. E.g.
~/<YYYYMMDDHHMM>/resources/[FILE_NAME].jpg for cover image, and
~/<YYYYMMDDHHMM>/resources/[FILE_NAME].wav for audio track
You can download the an example folder structure here if you want to see exactly how you should be formatting the folders and files.
File names for audio track and cover image in the resources directory need to be exactly the same as they appear in the CSV file. E.g.
In the example image above, the file name in the folder "resources" for UPC 889326827948 for track 1 should be listed in the CSV in Column K as 889326827948_01.wav, and the cover art file should be listed in Column H as 889326827948_01.jpg.
Your first batch delivery should contain your label’s complete catalog, while the subsequent batches should be new content, updates, or takedowns.