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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

how to put songs on spotify

On any given day, you can find millions of musicians searching for answers in their quest for expansion. If you've ever found yourself googling the following terms, then your in luck and you've come to the right place
This is not an altogether easy task but, hopefully, I can explain how to go about this in a more simplistic way. I will cover this in 3 sections:

1. Formatting your files

The video included on this HubPage is provided courtesy of ADEDistribution and details the best ways to format your files for distribution. When you are mixing down and saving the mastered (final version) of your song, it should be in one of the following formats. Keep in mind the format you choose will also affect the size of the file.
  • MP3 / 320 kbps CBR STEREO
  • WAV / 1411 kbps STEREO
  • AIF/AIFF / 1411 kbps STEREO
  • FLAC
  • ALAC / Apple Lossless (done mainly within iTunes)
Your song titles/files should be easy to understand. This format seems to work best:
## - Main Artist Name - Track Title (feat. Guest Artist Name).wav
So, let's say we had a main artist names John Doe and he had a song called Purple Penguins and it was the third songon his album. His file would be titled like this:
03 - John Doe - Purple Penguins.mp3 (or whatever your extension is)
Now if John Doe had another song on his album featuring another artist named Jane Doe and the track was called The Turtle Tango and it was the ninth song on his album. His file would look like this:
09 - John Doe - The Turtle Tango (feat. Jane Doe).flac (or whatever your extension is)
You get the picture...
Your cover art should be an exact square shape. Even iTunes has recently began requiring distributors to provide high res covers for their artists album covers. iTunes requires your album cover to be 1400x1400 pixels. Amazon requires it to be 1448x1448. So, the safest thing to do is produce a square cover that is larger, like1500x1500 pixels with a resolution of 300 dpi/ppi. This way your distributor can downscale your album cover to the appropriate size for each store without having to lose quality in the resolution. JPG/JPEG is usually the preferred format for covers because it's what most of the stores accept. You would also want to make sure your cover art is titled the same way as your album (and ultimately your zip file) is titled. Formatted like so...
Main Artist Name - Album Title 1500x1500.jpg
So, if your artist name was John Doe and your album title was Blue Fin Tuna and the cover was 1500x1500 pixels in size, your cover file would be titled like this:
John Doe - Blue Fin Tuna 1500x1500.jpg
You would then take all your music files and your cover art file and compress them (zip them up) into 1 zip file. The zip file should be titled in this format:
Main Artist Name - Album
So, as stated in our example, our artist's name is John Doe and his album title is Blue Fin Tuna. So, his final zip file would be titled like so:
John Doe - Blue Fin
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, it's time to move on to Step 2...

2. Finding A Distributor

When looking for a distributor, you should be looking for one that is cheap, reliable, and easy to communicate with should there be any questions or concerns regarding your music. You also want to use a distributor that can get your music into the major stores. The 4 largest stores for music right now are iTunesAmazonGoogle Play, and Spotify. However, not all distributors can get your music in Spotify. The best distributor to work with right now would be...

ADEDistribution at

ADEDistribution provides the following services to independent artists of all genres:
  • Distribution to all 4 major stores: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Spotify
  • Free artist page with links to your websites
  • Free EZ share buttons to help promote your page and music across the various social networks
  • Free promo blast (once your music is available on all stores)
  • No take down fees
  • 100% of your royalties (most other distributors only give you 85%)
  • An unlimited number of submissions
  • A "Loyalty Royalty" program that pays you back every month whether you make sales or not
Once you've found a distributor, you can move on to Step 3...

3. Uploading Your Content

Once you have paid to create an account with your distributor you will need to upload your properly formatted content to them in order for them to deliver it to Spotify and any other stores. Once again, ADEDistribution has made this process much easier and has 3 different ways of delivering your content to them.
  • Using Google Drive: If you have a Google Drive with your zip file already uploaded to it, you can simply share your zip file with the ADEDistribution staff by listing their e-mail address (which you'll get from their website) as able to view or edit
  • Using a File Host: If you have already uploaded your zip file to a file host such as dropbox, mediafire, 4shared, sharebeast, hulkshare, etc., you can simply provide ADEDistribution your link in their submission form.
  • Uploading directly using their upload box
Thank you for reading. Hopefully, this guide has helped you achieve your goals, or at least put you one step further in the right direction. Cheers.

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