Internet radio with cover art is now a requirement when submitting to be listed on iTunes Radio. So it’s crucial to have good artwork for your station.
Cover Art Requirement
This week Apple sent an email to every internet radio station listed on the current iTunes Radio notifying broadcasters that they now require cover art for internet radio stations. As with podcast cover art the files musit be 1400 x 1400 pixels and in JPG or PNG format using RGB color space (or colour space as I’m British).
That means the graphic file you sent to Apple when applying to get listed in iTunes Radio must end in .jpg, .jpeg or .png and no other format will be accepted.
If you’re already listed then all you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your contact name, radio station name and attach the cover art file.
Apple also suggest you should avoid pixelation of your artwork and text should be readable even when the image is reduced in size. They do also admit that cover art is not currently displayed but this email seems to be a strong indication that it will be in the future especially with iOS 7 and iTunes Radio (a service like Last.fm or Pandora) on the way.
Where To Get Internet Radio Artwork Designed
I chatted in depth about my experience of sourcing cover art for my internet radio stream mrc.fm in episode 18 of the Music Radio Creative podcast about radio station logo design. You can source your cover art from crowd sourcing graphic design websites or – if you’re looking for a logo that will really stand out if and when iTunes Radio starts to display internet radio station logos – you could check out the cover art designers below. I give a short note to say why I recommend each after the link to their website.
If you use any of these suggested designers tell them I say hi!
Stu designed the new cover artwork for the Music Radio Creative podcast (it’s been running since episode 20). I’m really happy with the work and if you reach out to Stu on Twitter he’ll be able to do an awesome job for you on your internet radio station logo!
Daniel is not only an excellent podcaster who understands all things audio related but he also creates some pretty amazing (square shaped) artwork for podcasters. This square design would be perfect for Apple’s new internet radio cover art requirements. Take a look at some of his designs here. If you have the budget I’m sure Daniel will be delighted to hear about your radio station artwork project.
Nick’s rates are affordable and he’s also a great guy (also with a radio and podcasting background). Take a look at some of his samples here and reach out to Nick to find out more about custom artwork for internet radio stations.
Are you a graphic designer that would like to be listed as an internet radio cover art designer? Let me know about your service in the comments below.