If you're having trouble creating a direct link to your music on iTunes, you're not alone.
I was about to launch the pre-sale campaign for my new CD when I decided to check the links just one more time. Imagine my face when I realized that the links that worked on my desktop computer did NOT work on my mobile devices. 😖
Not wanting to make some lame post like "Order my new album by going to iTunes and searching for my name", I desperately googled solutions. Luckily, I stumbled across this blog post that got me more than halfway there.
The article was great at explaining how and why Apple was now forcing links to open in the music app instead of the store. And, it gave a detailed description of how to find and use the iTunes link maker to create links. But, there was still a problem. It wouldn't work for me! Arrrg!!!
To create a link, the link maker asks you to search for "popular content" using their search tool. As a pretty much unknown indie artist, I didn't come up. I searched for my name, my album, one of my songs and...nothing! Mwap mwap.
But, not to worry, the handy-dandy blog post gave me the tools I needed. Thanks to blog poster Kirk McElhearn for including examples with screenshots of the direct links. All I had to do was substitute my details for Taylor Swift's and I was good to go!
Here are my links. Simply sub in your album name and ID or your artist name and ID and happy linking!
Link to my album:
Link to my iTunes catalog:
You need to have that question mark after your ID and app=itunes to force open the store app instead of the music app.
How do you find your ID? Simply search for your content on iTunes via your desktop computer's browser (that's the only way) and your ID will be in the URL address. I just put "iTunes Laura Marie" into google search to find mine.
Much love, Laura Marie
P.S. Be sure to share this info with your fellow indie artists. Pay it forward, spread the love!
P. S. S. Pre-order my new CD on iTunes: http://bit.ly/starsapartpre or the physical CD from my official pre-order page http://bit.ly/starsapartcd
P.S.S.S.Since my album went into pre-sale, my name is searchable in popular content. I'm famous!!!! 😝