How to link to iTunes: iTunes Link Maker

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 | Tutorials | by

I was just about to write a post about an album I’ve been listening to, and an audiobook I just finished “reading”.

I wanted to know how I could link directly to those items in iTunes.  Here’s how..

iTunes Link Maker

An official tool by Apple, it lets you find items in iTunes and link to them.

First you must enter the item you are searching for (I usually leave it as all media):

Apple iTunes Link Maker

Once you hit search, you see a results screen where all matching items are listed.  Click the arrow to the right of what you want to link to (keep in mind, clicking on the arrow next to an artist, will link to that artists page):

Apple iTunes Link Maker

Finally you get the HTML to copy from the page, and insert into your document!

Apple iTunes Link Maker

UPDATE

Recently I’ve discovered there’s a way to setup these links as an affiliate, to make 5% commission off sales made through your blog links.  Check out my article, iTunes Link Affiliate: How to Make Money Linking to iTunes Music

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11 Comments to How to link to iTunes: iTunes Link Maker

greenglasses
February 16, 2009

Hi, i use iTunes link maker alot on my site, but the button never lines up with the text right -anything i can do? Thanks!

heres an example on my site: http://www.cableriot.com/2009/02/16/crecommends-4/

Sean
February 16, 2009

I see your problem.

First off, if you use Google Chrome there’s a great feature called “Inspect Element”. Very similiar to the firebug functionality in Firefox.

It will let you see what styles are applied to your element, then find out where it is being inherited from.

All images on your pages are being given margins of 1.8em. That is translating into an 18px margin on the top and bottom of any image in a post.

While this normally looks nice, inline images like the itunes link don’t quite look right.

You can do 2 things:

1. Get rid of the image and just use a link
2. Create a new class to apply to the IMG tag that eliminates margins entirely (margin: 0px;).. this will give you the look you want.

Let me know how it goes.

darmo
November 25, 2009

Hi there how would i go about putting this into a flash cs4 movie? thanks

seangw
November 25, 2009

Not much of a need to do any of this anymore, as iTunes itself has an easy way to copy links to iTunes content. Click the down arrow next to the price, and select “Copy Link”.

To put it in Flash, you just need to create the asset to link, make it a button or movie. Then call:
getURL(‘[link provided by iTunes or the link maker]’, ‘_blank’);

DrTheopolis
January 8, 2010

yeah, but if you use the “Copy Link” feature from within the iTMS, you can get a referral money like you do with Link Synergy, right?

seangw
January 11, 2010

I’m not sure, would love to know if you could get referral money. I know the iTMS linking has been updated since the writing of this article and rules may have changed.

Erikson
January 23, 2010

Has anybody here been trying to use the iTunes Affiliate Link Maker Plugin for WordPress?

I think the code might’ve changed a bit since the plugin was released and I’m just wondering what specific code one needs to add (in terms of linking through ones own linkshare account) in order to get the plugin to work properly. Any ideas?

Thanks!

seangw
January 26, 2010

I am just now looking into it. I will let you know what I find. I’ve always wanted to know who listened to my music suggestions.

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seangw
February 2, 2010

For those of you who asked how to use the iTunes Affiliate Link Maker — I have just posted an article, http://www.seangw.com/wordpress/index.php/2010/02/itunes-link-affiliate-how-to-make-money-linking-to-itunes-music/

Kish
May 21, 2012

iTunes link made by link maker for artist is not opening in iPhone…gives error “your request can not be completed”

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