There are situations where you may want to start a pre-sale before your tracks have been mixed, mastered or otherwise completed.
In fact, if you are creating a DIY crowdfunding campaign, this will certainly be the case.
There are a couple of ways to do this, depending on if you're offering pre-release tracks or if your album will be released all at once.
If your entire album is released at once...
1.) Create products or bundle(s) within Shopify. Make sure the products are clearly labeled "pre-sale" - both in the name of the product and description. You can put these products for sale in your shop immediately.
2.) Once you have the finished tracks, create your digital release in Single. During the attachment process, be sure that "deliver to existing orders" is toggled on. Once you hit "Create Attachments", we'll pick up all past purchases of the Shopify products and associate them with the digital album.
If you are offering an instant grat track / pre-release tracks...
1.) Create your digital release in Single. Some of the fields will be required - fill them in as best you can.
2.) Upload the pre-release tracks and specify a date for each track.
3.) Next, you need to add a "filler track" for each of the tracks that will be on the album. This ensures that everyone receives the full album on the release date and that you are billed for the correct album rate.
To upload "filler tracks", simply find upload a sample wav file with the title "Filler Track 1". You can upload the same sample wav file in place of each track that will be on your album. Use PP-0000000000 as the isrc's.
Warning: If you set up an album with filler tracks, set up several reminders for yourself to add the correct tracks. If not, fans will automatically receive the temporary tracks that you uploaded during product creation
3.) Publish the album to your store and start making sales.
4.) When you're ready to swap out the real wav files for the filler tracks, contact us. We'll put the release back into "creation in progress" mode so you can finish creating your release.
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