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What are CD Baby's cover artwork guidelines for digital distribution?

CD Baby's digital partners' artwork guidelines do not allow the attributes listed below.

CD Baby will require you to submit a replacement art file if you cover artwork displays any of the following:

  • Website URL
  • Social network symbols or information (Facebook links, Twitter handles, etc.)
  • Contact information (e-mail addresses, phone numbers, etc.)
  • Pornographic images
  • Pricing information
  • Copyrighted images
  • Scan of a CD (must be "retail-ready" artwork)
  • UPC bar codes
  • References to physical versions of the album (CD, DVD, Disc, etc.)
  • References to digital versions of the album (Digital Exclusive, Digital Version, etc.)
  • Tribute albums where the original artist name is as large as, or larger, than the performing artist
  • Cover image is blurry, pixilated, or has other quality issues
  • Cover art promises content that the album does not contain ("Includes DVD," "Includes Free Stickers," etc.)
  • Cover art up-sells another product (for example - merch, other albums by same artists, etc.)
  • Cover art claims to be exclusive of one of CD Baby's digital partners without their permission ("iTunes™ Exclusive," "Only on Amazon MP3," etc.)
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