Our strong relationships with Spotify makes it easier than ever for fans to listen to your music on Spotify. Discover more about the platform works below, including how to get started and how soon you can expect to see your release online.
Streaming on Spotify
Spotify is most well know streaming service allowing, allowing users to listen to music, videos and podcasts. The application was launched in October 2008 but wasn’t available in the UK until 2009, and US in 2011.
The service allows users to sign up to a free ad-supported account, or pay for a premium account. There are also different levels of access across mobile and desktop devices under the free account, with mobile users unable to play any song on demand, but both are unable to download and listen to music online and enjoy an uninterrupted listening experience. In September 2016, Daniel Ek (CEO) announced that Spotify now has 40 million paying subscribers.
Over the years, streaming services tend to receive criticism from musicians claiming they are being unfairly paid for their music. The streaming model works very differently from download and physical sales and doesn’t pay a set price per sale. Instead, musicians are paid based on the number of streams their songs receive as a proportion of the total songs streamed on each service. There are also other factors at play which determine how much royalties get back to the artist. Spotify pays out 70% of all revenue to rights holders, (often record labels) who then artists based on their individual agreements.
Independent artists don’t have this issue; less people are involved and many artists retain rights to their music.
How Do I Sell My Music on Spotify
It may appear difficult to get your music onto streaming platforms such as Spotify, unless you are signed to a major record label. However, is not the case. All you need is a distribution partner to take care of it for you.
With us, for example, your music will often be on streaming platforms and other major services within 24-48 hours. We then pay out royalties each month and don’t charge any yearly fees.