I am considering changing my music distributor. There a post already about this.
However I wonder if while doing this I would be able to replace a single track recording on the album. That is, the album would have the same track names and UPC, all tracks but one would have the same ISRC, but one track would have a new ISRC due to a different wav signature.
Also based on the link above I presume all people who saved the unchanged tracks via likes would not loose them from their lists after the distributor change, would they?
Thanks in advance
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When an album/single is re-released with the majority of the metadata the same they are usually linked. You may notice that some albums have a "other versions" button at the bottom right of the album page where you can see other versions of the album.
Another part of the linking is song linking. If someone has saved an older release of the song, then when the new release is out, it should not be greyed out and it will still play when the old release has been removed. It will stay saved in their library and playlists and playable without them having to save the new one.
In your case the album should link since the metadata will closely match. The changed song might or might not link properly. If it has the same song title and similar song length and is on the same re-released album, then it will probably link.
After releasing the new album, go to your artist page and check to see if that "other versions" button is there in the desktop app. If you see that button and the album is not listed twice on your artist page and all the songs have the same play count on both versions when you hover over the play count area, then it has linked properly. This might take a day or so to properly link.
The way to see if the changed song has linked would be to go to both versions of the linked album in the desktop app and hover over the play count area on the same song. If both of them have the same play count then they have linked. If they do not, then they did not link and you might need to contact support to have this corrected before removing the old release.
Once you see that the albums and songs have linked up correctly you can remove the old release.
If the new release does not link up to the old release and share a play count, you will need to contact artist support. Just make sure to include all the information and be clear as possible when contacting. They might not reply to your email but keep checking your page they usually fix within a few days. They should hopefully be able to link the releases so you have the same play count.