What Are the Different Publishing Options? (With Tracklist vs. Without Tracklist vs. Attach)

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There are 3 different options when publishing digital products from Single to you Shopify store.

The first step is to finish uploading tracks and enter all required album info. When you're ready, scroll down on your digital release page and click "Review for Sale."

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You'll then be prompted to review and verify all of the information. From there, select "Ready to Publish."

When you scroll to the bottom of the next page, you will see 3 different options to publish to your shop.

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Publish with Tracklist

This option creates a digital album product and digital track products within your Shopify inventory. When the digital album product displays in your shop, it will automatically use our "digital album product template" which was added to your shop when you installed Single.

While you want to have the digital album product displaying in your shop, the digital track products are what powers the preview player and the ability for fans to purchase tracks individually. Therefore you can hide the track products from displaying in a collection in your store, however, DO NOT delete these individual track products. Doing so will break the preview player and will prevent fans from buying individual tracks. Additionally, DO NOT create variants of track products created by Single.

Things to note:

  • Even if your release contains just one track, there will be both a “Digital Track” and “Digital Album” product created.
  • If your release is a single, it will still be referred to as a "Digital Album."
  • Tracks are assigned the product type Digital Track and are only visible on album pages.
  • You will see Presale and Scheduled releases in your Shopify Admin - they will not go on sale until the Release or Presale Date!

Here is an example of what a standalone album with tracklist looks like in your store:

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Publish without Tracklist

Similarly, this option also creates a digital album product within your Shopify product inventory. However, it will not create individual track products in Shopify. This means not only will there not be a tracklist, but a preview player will be unavailable and fans will be unable to purchase individual tracks off of the album. Here is what this looks like:

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Attach to Existing Products

The final option to publish to your store is as an attachment to Shopify products. In this case, nothing changes about your Shopify products but the digital album is delivered behind the scenes to whoever purchases it.

You can begin this setup by creating different Shopify products (bundles). Since nothing changes visually about the product when an album is attached, you'll need to edit the product title / description to let fans know the product includes the album. The most common way to do this is to add "+ digital album" to the product titles. Please be aware that Billboard has specific requirements for music + merch bundles - all of which can be found HERE.

You can find a walkthrough of how to do this in our dedicated support article. You can follow the steps in this guide to attach a digital album/single to physical products, as well as to attach a digital album/single to a product you have created in Shopify using your own template.

Here is an example of what a Shopify product bundle can look like when a digital album is included:

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