Submission regulations and several categories in Canada's Juno Awards have been altered to improve the process, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said today.

Submissions for the 2010 awards, which are held in St. John's, Newfoundland, in April, open on Oct. 1 and are using Yangaroo's Digital Media Distribution System. The system will enable users to add high-resolution photos, a digital booklet and three suggested listening tracks for judges to preview in the artist's biography page. The changes are designed to provide judges with more information to assist them during the voting process. Music will be distributed electronically to judges and members during the voting period only and judges will be able to securely download music to their portable music devices.

Final submissions are Nov. 13 for all categories except international and album of the year, which is due Jan. 11.

Other changes include altering "country recording of the year," to "country album of the year," while rock album of the year is now determined based 50% on sale and 50% by jury votes. CD/DVD artwork of the year has now been renamed to "recording package of the year."

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