Apple Music Affiliate Program FAQ
Apple Music Affiliate Program
Apple Music gives access to just about every song ever recorded, along with expert recommendations. You can now earn affiliate commission on qualified memberships to Apple Music.
Learn more below about the Apple Music affiliate program and creating links to Apple Music and iTunes or visit our Program FAQ.
Apple Music Affiliate FAQ
Can I earn affiliate commission linking to Apple Music?
You can earn a one-time affiliate commission on each qualified membership to Apple Music. Qualified memberships are those that continue for at least one month after the 3-month trial period has elapsed.
How much will I earn and when will I be paid?
Affiliate partners can earn a one-time affiliate bounty when referrals result in a conversion from the trial period to the first paid month for Apple Music (Student, Single, and Family Membership types are commissionable). This is one-time bounty is credited once the user has converted from the 3-month trial period to the first paid month.
Note: We recommend affiliates to promote Family Memberships where appropriate since this Membership type is the most lucrative. Learn more.
We report on how many trial sign-ups you generated, and after the trial, how many users signed up for a membership. Affiliate payments for Apple Music are available within the Performance Horizon Group (PHG) interface 60-90 days after the first paid month, assuming your PHG payment threshold has been met. For more information, including details on Apple Music commissions by market and membership type, see our affiliate commission information page.
How do I sign up?
If you already have an affiliate account, you can use your existing affiliate token to link to Apple Music and earn commissions.
If you do not already have an affiliate account, go to www.apple.com/itunes/affiliates and complete the online application with our affiliate provider PHG. Your application will be reviewed within five business days.
How do I create links to Apple Music?
You can create affiliate links for Apple Music by using our Apple Music Toolbox. You can also find embeddable widgets for albums, songs and playlists in the Toolbox. You can color customizable Apple Music icons and Follow badges when linking to artist pages. It’s everything you need to link to Apple Music, all in one convenient and easy to use Toolbox.
Links for Apple Music require additional parameters to enable Apple Music affiliate tracking. The following parameter: app=music, in addition to your affiliate token (at=1234), should be added to all Apple Music links to ensure proper attribution. So be sure to add these parameters to all Apple Music links to earn affiliate commission for Apple Music.
Example link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-youre-reading-this-its/id966997496?app=music&at=1234
Similarly, if you’d prefer to send a user to the iTunes Store (enabling the iTunes affiliate tracking), you may add the following parameter: app=itunes
Example link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-youre-reading-this-its/id966997496?app=itunes&at=1234
Note: All links provided by the Apple Music Toolbox automatically include the app=music parameter.
Do Apple Music tracking links work on Android?
Yes. Apple Music tracks on all Android supported devices and are eligible for affiliate commission. These links require the app=music parameter as well as additional character encoding to ensure the link is properly structured. You can read more here for details and instructions on how to create an Apple Music link that will track on Android.
Can I earn commission on iTunes and Apple Music with the same link?
No. You can only earn commission on either Apple Music memberships or qualified sales in the iTunes Store, not both using the same link. When you link to Apple Music, you will earn commission only on Apple Music memberships. When you link to iTunes, commissions are eligible on sales in the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the iBooks Store.
Do you have other creative assets for Apple Music?
The Apple Music Toolbox is where you can find color-customizable Apple Music badges and embeddable web players for songs, albums, and playlists. Banner art is also available in Banner Builder. You can create banner art for Apple Music instantly in multiple sizes.
Can I download just Apple Music badges?
You can download svg and eps versions of Apple Music badges in multiple languages here.
Is there an API for Apple Music?
Yes, the Apple Music API allows developers to directly control Apple Music playback for Members among other features.
- Developers can see if a user is currently a member
- Developers can see which country the users account is based
- Developers can queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback
- Developers can inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlists with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitation)
We encourage developers to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user experience by integrating these features in your app. Please visit our resource site for additional information on the Apple Music API.
You can also use the existing search and lookup APIs described here. We have added an object named “isStreamable” which will return a “true” or “false” value that indicates if a track is available in Apple Music.