Is it Worth Putting Your Music On Spotify?
Spotify has had a lot of bad press in the last few years, coming under fire for not paying artists enough revenue for the streaming of their work. Artists such as Taylor Swift have even removed all of their tracks from the service, although she seems to have relented now and is allowing them to use it.
For smaller artists who don’t generate anywhere near the huge ammount of daily streams thaty big stars get, whether or not to add your music to Spotify can be a tracky decision.
What Are The Alternatives?
If you have yet to build up a fanbase of over a million people, you might want to try an make as much money out of the small number of fans that you have. In this case, it might be better to avoid streaming services and actaually ask people to pay to download your music. This might sound like a shocking concdept, but this if how thing use to be.
Of course iTunes is one of the bigger names but there are other ones which are worth concidering too such as Napster, MusicBee, MediaMonkey and many more. There are even services which will add your music to a lot of these download sites at the same time, which definitely makes life a bit easier.
Another option is to sell your music directly from your own website. This is the best way to ensure that you keep most of the profit, because you can set the price yourslef and you do not have to pay any commission. The downside howver is that you will need to drive all of the traffic to your own website in order to promote your songs, which can be pretty tricky unless you know exactly what you are doing.
What Do Spotify Pay?
At the moment, Spotify are paying 0.00429p per stream, so your aren’t going to get rich overnight, unless you are Beyonce or Katie Perry. However, it is not always about making an instand quick quid. The added expoure that you get by appearing on streaming services might just make it worthwhile after all.