Spotify announced its decision to close the beta program and stop accepting direct uploads by the end of the month. Spotify’s direct upload beta was launched last September. It allowed independent artists to upload to the streaming service without having distribution.
Indie artists will need to resume using services provided by companies such as TuneCore and DistroKid.
“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 (which more than 300,000 creators use to gain new insight into their audience) and our playlist submission tool (which more than 36,000 artists have used to get playlisted for the very first time since it launched a year ago). We have a lot more planned here in the coming months.”
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