Spotify launches app just for artists to track their fans and music streams

Spotify have just launched their Spotify for Artists app, bringing artists’ Spotify stats into their pockets wherever they go.

Spotify’s new mobile app will be a blessing to musicians and artists who want to know how their music is doing, wherever they are. It launched yesterday only on iOS, however Spotify assure users that an Android version will be coming “really soon”.

Spotify describe it as “a one-stop shop to track your new music as it goes live, control your presence on Spotify, and learn more about your listeners”. The app gives you a bunch of control over how you look and appear on your artist profile as well as giving you in-depth data on your music’s streaming performance.

From the app artists can select their ‘Artist’s Pick‘, a featured song which appears at the top of your artist profile. Your pick can be your own most recent/popular song or just a track that you love and want to share. You can also edit your playlists from the app as well as writing and editing your artist biography, a feature Spotify only recently added to the web version of Spotify for Artists.

Spotify for Artists iOS app perfromance data artists statistics stats insights

Of course beyond it’s customisation features you will have access to statistics about who’s listening to your music, how they’re listening to it, where they listen, who’s following you, and more. When your music first goes up you will have limited time access to real-time stream counts as well. Spotify said: “For the first week after your new release, the Spotify for Artists app will update instantly, every time someone pushes ‘play’, so you’ll know exactly how many times your new single EP, or Album has been streamed.”

To use the app artists will need to be verified which can be done through the Spotify for Artists website.

SoundCloud add playlist stats for enhanced performance insights

SoundCloud have introduced a playlist stat that offers creators more ways to understand where their plays are coming from and the people behind them.

The new playlist stat, available on the web and on SoundCloud Pulse, SoundCloud’s creator-focused companion app, shows creators who’s sharing their tracks in a playlist, and how many plays are being generated from the playlist. This means that the 1.2 million creators featured in playlists on SoundCloud, daily, can gain insight on, connect and engage more easily with the incredible curator community on the platform.

Check out what the new stats module, which includes both a ranked list of playlists a track is featured on and the total number of plays, looks like on the web below. The module is also available on SoundCloud Pulse, available for free on iOS and Android.

In addition to a new playlist stat, SoundCloud also recently rolled out a refreshed visual experience for stats on the web. All creators, including SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited users, will find an overall better stats management experience, featuring a more intuitive interface and new look and feel for visualised stats. Some of the stats benefiting from the redesign include top listener and top country, which are now even easier for creators to uncover.

These latest updates are part of SoundCloud’s efforts to continually look at how it can create an even better experience that fully supports creators no matter where they are in their career. Stay tuned to the blog for news on the many exciting things to come for creators on SoundCloud.

Microsoft Groove music streaming service to be replaced with Spotify

Microsoft are shutting down Groove streaming after it launched to replace Xbox Music 2 years ago, teaming up with Spotify for music streaming instead.

It was a decent run but Microsoft have announced that Groove Music’s streaming service will run no more after the end of this year. Microsoft are teaming up with Spotify to compensate existing users with Groove passes by replacing them with Spotify Premium subscriptions.

The Groove app will continue to be usable for listening to your own music and managing your music library. After December 31st this year the Groove Music app will stop streaming music or hosting music purchases and downloads. It will essentially become Windows Media Player with a slicker looking design.

Microsoft said in their release statement:

Our partners are at the center of delivering great experiences on Windows and enabling them to shine on our platform is a top priority. By collaborating closely with industry leaders like Spotify, we can deliver the music customers want and focus on new and innovative ways to experience music.

Fortunately for those of you precious about your music libraries Groove will have a transitional period where you’ll be able to easily move your music from Groove to Spotify. You will be able to move your library starting this week for Windows Insiders and next week for everyone until “at least January 31, 2018”. Here’s how:

1. Launch the latest Groove app: Log into the latest Groove app version from the Windows Store or Xbox One. Once you’re signed into your account, you’ll see a pop-up window from Spotify with instructions on how to login or create a Spotify account.

Groove notification prompting users to transition their music to Spotify

2. Log in to Spotify:

  • If you have an existing Spotify account, you’ll be prompted to input your username and password.
  • If you’re new to Spotify, and on your PC, you’ll be asked a few basic questions to help you create an account, starting with a username.

Prompt asking users to connect Groove Music to their Spotify account by signing into Spotify or creating a new Spotify account.

3. Move your music: After signing into your Spotify account, we’ll move your music collection and playlists from Groove Music to Spotify.

Prompt to move music from Groove to Spotify

4. Play music in Spotify: The process of moving your music to your Spotify account will take a few minutes. After completing step three, you’ll be able to listen to your music library in the Spotify app!

Confirmation of music being moved to Spotify from Groove.

Spotify music streaming coming soon to South Africa

The world’s most successful music streaming service is available almost everywhere, and soon South Africa will be one of the countries on the list.

With most of the world’s most populated countries and territories already streaming music from Spotify, South Africa seems to be their next endeavour. The move was spotted in a new job role advert on Spotifyjobs.com by tech magazine Stuff.

Spotify are searching for a “Senior Editor/Music Programmer – South Africa” positioned in London “or Dubai”. The job description basically confirms that they will launch in South Africa at some point soon, reading:

We are looking for a broadly experienced Sr. Editor/Music Programmer to join Spotify’s Shows and Editorial team, responsible for South Africa, located in London or Dubai. You will identify and curate first-rate music playlist listening and programming experiences for a multitude of our moods, moments, and genres, demonstrate a passion for performance-oriented analytics, and will have your ear to the ground in the music community, focusing South Africa. Above all, your work will impact the way the world experiences music.

Spotify haven’t given any proper details on a release or potential price tags for subscriptions yet. TechCentral in South Africa have found that the average music platform in SA costs roughly R 60, which is about $4.65. 3 years ago Spotify first revealed their plans to launch in the country but since then any arrival has been silent. Whatever was stopping them before seems to be out-of-the-way now though.

How to edit your artist bio on Spotify

How you are represented is massively important in building your artist image, and Spotify are adding even more customisation for artist pages.

On Spotify, the world’s most popular streaming service, every artist with music gets their own unique profile with images, streaming data and a biography explaining the band/artist’s music, origins, style and more. Spotify have updated Spotify for Artists so that every artist can now edit their bio themselves.

Now all artists, managers and teams can create, edit and publish their own bios to their Spotify profile with 1500 words to tell the world your story. If you have a Wikipedia page too you can link it up with your Spotify profile so that fans can easily click over to find out more.

How to edit your Spotify artist bio:

  1. Open Spotify for Artists, go to Profile, and scroll down to the text field under “Artist Bio.”
  2. Write whatever you want! We recommend a creative bio that helps fans get to know you better, but seriously go nuts.
  3. Link to anything on Spotify. You can paste Spotify links directly into the text field, or just use the @ symbol to link to whatever you want—artists or albums that inspire you, or playlists you’re featured on, or other artists you’ve collaborated with.
  4. Add a link to your Wikipedia page for fans who want to dig deeper.

Up until now artists have had to go through Rovi, a third-party company providing band info and details to services. In their announcement Spotify said: “We know that sometimes you want to speak directly with your fans, and tell them who you are. It’s a part of our overall commitment to giving you more and more control over your presence on Spotify.”

They continued, speaking on the benefits of being able to edit your bio in testing, saying: “When we opened this up to a handful of artists for the first tests, we saw them use this space to share their story, the inspiration behind their latest release, or the most-up-to-date version of their bio. The Peach Kings gave us a great overview of their major influences. Dan Snaith of Caribou used it to speak directly to his fans in the first person.”

One thing to note is that if you have an existing Rovi bio it will be permanently removed when you add your own bio on your artist page. Bio’s will also have to stick to a number of guidelines set out by Spotify: artists.spotify.com/faq/profile#what-guidelines-should-i-follow-when-writing-my-bio.

Spotify won’t work with Apple’s Safari web browser anymore

Recent updates to Spotify’s web app means it will no longer play in Safari browsers, coincidentally made by rival Apple Music’s parent Apple.

Bad luck to those of you who like streaming music from your web browser if it happens to be Safari, and your service of choice is Spotify. Updates made in recent weeks to Spotify’s web player have removed it’s compatibility with Apple’s Safari browser meaning you can no longer stream music from Spotify from a web page in Safari.

It was noticed earlier this week by Spotify users when they attempted to access Spotify via Safari and were shown a message saying that it is no longer compatible. The message also reportedly directed them to download Spotify’s desktop app or to download and use another browser. Additionally the system requirements section on Spotify’s site has removed Safari leaving Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Opera as listed, supported browsers so it was definitely intentional, or at least known, that Safari doesn’t support Spotify now.

Following inquisitive forum users a representative on Spotify’s forum confirmed the move, saying: “After recent updates, Safari is no longer a supporter browser for web player.” Spotify haven’t confirmed that this is a permanent move but they also wouldn’t say “if or when any specific features will be back.”

Whilst it’s easy to assume this may be some form of petty rivalry against one of Spotify’s largest threats, Apple Music – obviously owned by Apple, this is unlikely. For a start it would impact on their user-ship, no matter how minutely, by taking away a platform that isn’t inherently involved with Apple Music. Mac Generation, a french site covering Apple, say that it could be due to one of Spotify’s plugin that isn’t supported by Safari.

Spotify reach 150 million active users as music streaming booms

Spotify have reached their latest music streaming milestone, revealing 150 million active listeners around the world use Spotify regularly.

Spotify have reportedly reached 150 million users worldwide, a massive milestone made up of an almost level number of free and Premium subscribers. The news was reported by Digital Music News from “details leaked” to them, and has not been officially confirmed by Spotify though it is likely true.

Spotify are the biggest player in music streaming with roughly double the figures of Pandora music, and double the paid subscribers of rival Apple Music. This figure just confirms that and also reveals how much better the ratio of free to paid users is. Spotify’s last figures for paid subscriptions showed 60 million Premium users with roughly 2 million extra each month. That was at the beginning of August so they are no doubt heading towards 65 million, just 10 million from having 50% of all users on Premium.

This is a considerable improvement from a few years ago when Spotify was criticised for its free tier that people felt didn’t value music fairly. To put it into perspective, at the end of 2015 Spotify were approaching 100 million overall users with less than 25 million of those users subscribed to a premium account. This means that nearly all of the additions in the past 2 years have been paying customers, a great sign for Spotify and the music industry alike.

The sources that revealed the news to Digital Music News say that they have no idea when an official announcement will be made, nor if it will be announced at all. They reckon that Spotify are less likely to be vocal about the achievement than they are with their Premium subscriber milestones as it reveals the amount of free users. Though even with 80-90 million free users, 60+ million paying subscribers is a phenomenal number.

Get Deezer HiFi, now on Google Cast and Chromecast enabled speakers

Deezer are upping their high-fidelity music streaming offering, expanding it to stream through multiple extra casting devices.

The Paris-based streaming service Deezer are bolstering their premium-Premium offering. Deezer HiFi is Deezer’s $19.99 a month streaming service offering their 43 million tracks in high-fidelity quality. This offering just became a lot more appealing.

Deezer HiFi now works with any wireless speaker systems using Google Cast or Chromecast, so you can stream high fidelity music to your sound systems straight from your app. Google Cast enabled speakers will include those made by Sony, Samsung, Onkyo, Pioneer, Devialet and many more.

Deezer has, of course, already worked with these streaming systems until now but not it’s high fidelity tier, meaning you can really put your speakers to use even when casting music. Deezer HiFi streams music at a “lossless capture of original analog audio source quality at 5x the bitrate at 1,411 kbps”.

Deezer’s vice president of Hardware Partnerships, Riad Hawa said: “With more and more consumers embracing voice-activated services and a clear market for high quality audio, it is important that we are in a position to offer both to ensure the best possible experience. Through deepening our relationship with existing partners and expanding our product offering, we believe that we deliver just this.”

Earlier this month Deezer integrated their service into Google Assistant, the voice activated AI Google use in their phones and home speaker Google Home. With voice control you can simply tell your Google activated speaker what you want to play whether it be a specific artist, track, playlists or anything else on the service.

On the case of home speakers Sonos, one of Deezer’s first wireless speaker partners, are expected to reveal their entry into the smart speaker arena on October 4th.

 

Spotify just signed a deal with Warner, all 3 majors now sorted for streaming

Spotify have secured the 3rd major label allowing them to stream all of the top music owned by the 3 majors; Sony, Universal, and now Warner.

It’s been a long time coming but Spotify have at last secured their future, at least for a while having secured deals with all 3 major record labels. As the biggest influence in music across the whole world, the backing of each label is vital to Spotify’s survival.

Warner Music are now the last major label to finalise a deal with the world’s most popular music streaming service – Spotify. This follows deals with Sony and Universal that will allow Spotify to pay less royalties, helping them move towards becoming profitable. In return Spotify will make certain albums Premium exclusive for a period after release, so it has higher returns in its first week-or-so of release. Warner seem to have outlined a similar deal with Spotify.

Whilst each label deal is a big deal in their own right, with all of the massive industry players on-board Spotify are in a far better position to launch their long-planned IPO. Whether they go through with an IPO or not, Spotify now stands in a far more powerful position for investment in general. Whilst their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years Spotify’s debt also mounts up further year-on-year, requiring some heavy investment and/or new business practices (such as the planned windowing of releases).

According to reports investors like Goldman Sachs are getting ready for a potential IPO early in 2018. Though these aren’t confirmed, considering Spotify have spent so long building up to it, it’s likely that they will be keen to push their IPO out as soon as possible now they have support from the 3 major labels.