Spotify drops the bomb: artists can now upload tracks to the streaming platform for free
Yes, you got it right. The breaking news is that Spotify has today launched a new feature which will enable independent artists to upload tracks to the service directly. This all without any requirement for a third-party aggregator or record label. The platform isn’t charging any upfront fees for uploads – no matter how many tracks are submitted – and also isn’t charging artists any additional commission on the royalties generated by this music.
The feature is still in invite-only beta mode, with a few hundred US artists being ushered in, but Spotify says that, in the future, it will “bring upload to even more artists, labels, and teams”. So artists will be able access the upload function via the Spotify For Artists platform, which counted more than 200,000 verified acts amongst its monthly user base at the end of June.
This represents an aggressive move into user-uploaded audio content for Spotify. Traditionally, that’s been the domain of SoundCloud, which offers artists the chance to upload unlimited tracks, plus access to insight tools, when they sign up to a Pro Unlimited account for $15 per month or $135 per year.