Putting your music on Spotify: 4 steps (with pictures)

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Putting your music on Spotify: 4 steps (with pictures)
Putting your music on Spotify: 4 steps (with pictures)

Do you have music that you want to upload to Spotify, but you are not sure how to do that? Unfortunately, that's because Spotify doesn't allow you to upload music directly. If you're an artist without a record deal, you'll need to sign up with a music distributor to upload your music to Spotify. Besides Spotify, most music distributors upload your music to other music services, such as Pandora, iTunes, Google Play Music, Amazon MP3 and more.


Put Your Music on Spotify Step 1

Step 1. Sign up with a music distributor

There are several music distributors that can help you get your music on Spotify and other music services. Prices for these services vary. Some services allow you to upload your music for free, but your royalties may be reduced. Other services allow you to keep 100% of your royalties, but may charge you for music uploads, or a monthly subscription fee. Some music distributors offer other services such as promotion, mixing and mastering, and performance tracking and improvement, so that you get more streams and are added to official playlists. Examples of music distribution services include:

  • TuneCore:
  • CD Baby:
  • RouteNote:
  • AWAL:
  • LANDR:
  • DistroKid:
Put Your Music on Spotify Step 2

Step 2. Upload your music to the music distributor

The music distributor will upload your music to Spotify and other music streaming services. The files you upload to the music distributor must be high resolution MP3 files or lossless wave files. Some less expensive music distributor packages may limit the quality of the MP3 file you are allowed to upload. For best results, upload MP3 files at 320 kbps. 120 kbps is the minimum file quality you can upload.

Put Your Music on Spotify Step 3

Step 3. Provide the music distributor with the correct metadata

When you upload a song to a music distributor, you need to provide more than just the artist name and song title. You should also provide information such as album title, track number, music genre, and copyright information. You can add metadata directly to your music files with the software you use to create MP3s. Your music distributor may also have a form for you to fill out. Please fill in these forms and all metadata for your music as completely as possible.

Put Your Music on Spotify Step 4

Step 4. Provide an album art to the music distributor

If you have recorded an album, you must have album art available to provide to the music distributor. If the music you upload is a demo, you can attach a photo of the artists with the name or logo of the artist. Once the distributor has your music and all relevant information, it goes through an approval process. Once approved, your music will be uploaded to Spotify and other music stores and streaming services. In general, it takes about 3-5 business days for your music to go live on Spotify. The time may vary depending on the music distributor you use. It may take longer for your music to go live on other streaming services. Sometimes you have the option to schedule a specific date for your music to go live. If you choose to schedule a release date, be sure to provide the appropriate files to the music distributor well in advance.

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