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  • Posted on 12/08/2017 in Did You Know

    HOW TO UTILIZE SPOTIFY

    HOW TO UTILIZE SPOTIFY

    There are multiple streamings sites in this modern day world. One of the main ones being Spotify! 

    Spotify is a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world. Spotify is available across a range of devices, including computers, phones, tablets, speakers, TVs, and cars, and you can easily transition from one to another with Spotify Connect.

    Spotify is a streaming service only. Their licensing means there's no way to export their content outside of the app.

    How does Spotify work?

    Getting started with listening to music on Spotify is easy:

    1. Visit the Spotify website and sign-up. We'd recommend signing up with Facebook if you have an account as it'll make it easier to find and follow friends, see what they're listening to and share songs with them.
    2. Choose a subscription level. We'd recommend going for Spotify Premium as it gives you access to more features, is more flexible and will connect with more devices.
    3. Download and install the free Spotify application. There are versions for desktop and iPhone/iPad and Android phones.
    4. Sign into your account on those devices and get listening.

    The basic setup is pretty straightforward but there's much more to Spotify once you delve in and it gets smarter the more you listen.


    Signing up to Spotify with Facebook or connecting your Facebook account at a later date will allow you to easily find and follow friends and see what they're listening to. 


    If you're distributing your music through CD Baby, it's the money you're paid by Spotify each time your music is streamed. You'll see a complete report of streams and payments in the accounting section of your CD Baby member's account.

    Three ways you can make money through Spotify

    1. The regular ‘ole payment for the stream —

    Some people call this a “master use royalty.” Others call it the “artist royalty.”

    Technically, it’s the payment for streaming your licensed sound recording.

    If you’re distributing your music through CD Baby, it’s the money you’re paid by Spotify each time your music is streamed. You’ll see a complete report of streams and payments in the accounting section of your CD Baby member’s account.

    2. Mechanical royalties —

    Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music owe you a mechanical royalty every time music you’ve written is streamed.

    With Spotify, those mechanical royalties aren’t paid directly to independent songwriters, but (in the US) to the Harry Fox Agency, or HFA. If you have a lot of plays on Spotify, those royalties are adding up AND going uncollected unless you have a publishing administrator working on your behalf.

    With CD Baby Pro they'll act as your publishing administrator and make sure you get paid all the publishing royalties you’re owed — both mechanical royalties for global streams and international downloads, as well as performance royalties for the usage of your music on radio, TV, films, in live venues, etc.


    3. Performance royalties — 

    If you’re registered as both a songwriter and publisher with a performing rights organization such as ASCAP or BMI, then you’ll receive these royalties through them for any Spotify plays.

    If you’re not already registered with a performing rights organization, check out CD Baby Pro. We’ll affiliate you as a songwriter with ASCAP or BMI, register your songs with collection societies around the world, and make sure you’re set up to collect all your publishing royalties.

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