Spotify now has more paid-for subscribers than any other music streaming service in the world – a fantastic achievement! But what about the catalog? Who’s most likely to have that forgotten B-side you suddenly have an inkling to hear? Whose archive is more likely to have that obscure indie band you always wanted to listen to again? Who has the most number of tracks to stream? Read on for a comparison of the music catalog sizes for the ten top music streaming services!
Following on from the results of his online music survey, Leeds University music student Richard Pilkington asked me for my own opinions on Spotify, online music, and the future of music distribution. I spent some time putting my thoughts together and composed the following replies to his thirteen questions.
Ditto Music offer digital distribution for independent artists and unsigned bands: their retailers include iTunes, Napster, and now also Spotify. Here’s the comment in full:
Congrats to Spotify for providing a legal alternative for music lovers everywhere.
We distribute around 10,000 artists and have just signed a contract with Spotify to supply them with content.
So if you are an unsigned artist , check out www.dittomusic.com where you can upload your music to Spotify free of charge.
And if you are a music lover then you can hear music from great Ditto artists like Lil Wayne, Tupac, The Streets and loads more 🙂
This seems like an easy (and cheap) way for independent artists to get their music onto Spotify. I’ve no experience with these guys myself, but it looks like it’s worth checking out: read their FAQ for more. If you’re worried about losing control or that it’ll cost you too much to add your music, note they say:
A small one-off fee to cover expenses and admin of £2 per month covers storage/maintenance and our accounting company. That is the ONLY cost. You keep 100% of profits and copyright.
You can now also upload to Spotify via Record Union.