In the old days, if you waned to buy music you'd walk into your local record store (anyone remember records?), browse through the shelves and bins, and pick out your favorite recordings. Now you can do that in comfort of your own home. Even better, you can sell your own songs online thanks to iTunes [source: Dalrymple].

Many great online music services and distributors can help you upload and sell your music on iTunes. But before you reach that stage, you need do some preliminary tasks:

  1. Get a master made of your songs. A master optimizes the dynamics, equalization and volume of your recordings. You can do it yourself if you have the equipment and skills, or you can have a professional do it. Either way, it’s the way to ensure your songs come as close possible to commercial standards.
  2. Get a UPC code and an International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) code for your recording from a reputable service.
  3. Pick a pricing model. Models can include any combination of setup fees, flat fees and commission fees. A commission-fee model is better if your music is not (yet) well known. However, if you expect your music to be a best seller, choose a flat-fee model with no commission.
  4. Choose a distribution service that best suits your needs. Check out some of the top services, such as CD Baby, Tunecore and Musicadium. Each service offers its own plans and perks, so check out as many as you can before signing a contract. The service you choose will help you upload and sell your songs on iTunes [source: GarageSpin].

Good luck! We hope to see your songs on iTunes soon!