Once the recording process is successfully completed, you'll likely be eager to get your music in every digital store possible posthaste. While this takes time, there are several things that can be done, from correctly formatting your content appropriately to ensuring all the music is licensed, which will greatly expedite the process.
Owing to Canada's shorter copyright terms, several protected works (including early Beatles recordings) had entered the public domain, triggering mass panic in the recording industry and causing Stephen Harper to surreptitiously extend copyright on sound recordings. One company, Stargrove Entertainment, had already released an album of public domain music, however, and incited major label wrath in the process.
[UPDATED] The rise of the Internet significantly changed how we consume music, and many are calling into question if, as we move forward, the album format is really the best way to release music. Here one such musician explains why he is choosing (in lieu of a full album) to release his music as a series of 7" singles.