The Orchard, CD Baby and EU based aggregator Kontor New Media were named Apple Preferred Plus music distribution partners last week with the launch of the "Apple-Preferred Distribution Program." The three were rewarded with features for their users that are not available to dozens of other distributors, including Tunecore, DistroKid, AWAL, Ingrooves, oneRPM and several major label controlled aggregators.
The Orchard, CD Baby and Kontor can now exclusively offers their clients:
support for advanced Apple Music and iTunes customer features
advanced Apple Music and iTunes analytics
early access to Apple Music and iTunes product features
Early access to Apple Music and iTunes Sales and Trends features