Spotify will no longer let artists upload their music directly to its platform. The streaming giant has announced that it’ll be ending its direct-upload program after beta testing for a while.
Music on Spotify is typically delivered by either a record label or third-party distributor such as DistroKid, CD Baby and EmuBands.
For artists signed to a label, getting music onto Spotify is taken care of, but independent artists have to distribute their music themselves. Spotify has over 50 million tracks available.
In its announcement today, Spotify said, “The best way for us to serve artists and labels is to focus our resources on developing tools in areas where Spotify can uniquely benefit them—like Spotify for Artists… and our playlist submission tool.” In addition, the blog post stated, “We’re working with our distribution partners to help make this transition as simple as possible for the artists who uploaded music through the beta.”
Spotify recently revealed it has over 217 million monthly global users and over 100 million paid subscribers.