Monday, September 26, 2022

How to Get Your Music on Spotify

So you have written, produced and mixed a masterpiece that you are ready to share with the world, and you want to know how to get your music on Spotify?
You are in the right place! We are here to guide you through getting your music distributed to Spotify and all other major streaming platforms.

Why Choose Spotify?

Spotify is currently the largest streaming platform with over 400 MILLION active listeners every month! Spotify holds a market share of 31% – for comparison Apple Music holds 15% while Amazon Music holds 13%. (Source: The Verge)

Spotify continues to grow which makes it the perfect time to get your music listed, check out the statistics below to see how this number has increased since 2015!

Number of Spotify monthly active users (MAUs) worldwide from 1st quarter 2015 to 4th quarter 2021 | Source: Statistca

What Are My Options?

There are many different music distributors available that can help you get your music on Spotify and other music services. Some take a cut from your royalties but allow you to list your music for free, while others may charge an upfront fee but allow you to keep 100% of your royalties.

Some distributors offer other services such as mixing & mastering and tools for tracking performance and helping to market your music. It all comes down to what you require as an artist and what your budget is as the offerings can vary greatly.

Each music distribution platform has their own pros and cons and we will go through a few of the options below in more detail.

TuneCore

TuneCore is a premium solution for those looking to get their music not only on Spotify but many other streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon Music and Deezer. In total, they distribute to over 150+ global digital stores!

One of the benefits of TuneCore is that they let you keep 100% of revenue earned from streams and downloads, this does however come at a cost. At the time of writing each single you upload costs $9.99, this is charged yearly. Albums come in at $29.99 for the first year and then $49.99/year after that.

This can soon add up, especially if you put out a lot of new music or have a large back catalogue that you’d like to put on streaming services.

But with this cost does come a lot of premium features such as daily performance reporting, a dedicated artist support team, exclusive opportunities with partners such as Twitch & Tidal, and also allows the ability to earn money from music used in social sites such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook & TikTok.

CD Baby

CD Baby is one of the oldest Spotify music distribution solutions but is still very relevant today. It boasts similar features to TuneCore such as distribution to over 150+ global digital stores, including Spotify, Apple Music & Amazon Music, and you will also receive 100% of royalties that you earn.

The pricing model is comparative to TuneCore with a Standard Single coming in at $9.95 and a Standard Album at $29, but there are no annual fees with CD Baby. They do however offer a Pro bundle with a Pro Single coming in at $29.95 and a Pro Album at $69.

The Pro bundles include features such as worldwide CD or vinyl distribution, worldwide publishing royalty collection, Performing Rights Organization affiliation in the USA & Canada (with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, or SOCAN) and more.

DistroKid


DistroKid is a great alternative to TuneCore and CD Baby, not only do they claim to get your music into stores 10-20x faster than any other competitor, they are also MUCH cheaper!

With DistroKid you pay a flat rate of $19.99 and can upload unlimited albums and songs for a whole year. They also let you keep 100% of your royalties and will get your music into Spotify, Amazon Music, Instagram, YouTube, Tidal, iHeartRadio, Deezer plus many more stores & streaming services.

They offer features that you won’t get elsewhere including an instant Spotify verified checkmark, a YouTube Official Artist Channel, Spotify Pre-Saves and much more.

If this wasn’t already a fantastic deal as it is, we have also teamed up with DistroKid to get you 7% off when you sign up! Use this link when you register to receive the offer!

Summary

The distributor you choose to get your music on Spotify will vary depending on your needs as an artist, but we hope this helps you in making your decision.

We would love to hear who you think is the best music distributor for Spotify in the comments below.

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