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Tip: Sign up for Spotify Canvas

"Album artwork, for the streaming age". This is how Spotify describes the Canvas option: the super short films that you occasionally see in the mobile Spotify app with a few larger artists. It is still a beta test, but the ability to add these 'looping visuals' has been made more widely available through a few weeks via Spotify for Artists.

Spotify Canvas

If you want to be one of the first to use Canvas, you can sign up for a place on the waiting list via this link: https://canvas.spotify.com

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Processing times around the holidays

It is already November, and that means that the end of the year is coming. It also means that, in addition to a larger amount of regular releases, many seasonal releases will be released, from Santa Claus and Christmas albums to new sing-alongs for the carnival season.

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Do you have plans for a release in November, December, or the first week of January? Keep in mind that it will be extra busy with the various in the coming weeks online platforms. So plan your release data a bit wider than usual and if in doubt, contact us so that we can see if your schedule is feasible.

WM Digital Services cannot be reached by phone from Monday 23 December 2019 to Wednesday 1 January 2020. Of course you can upload releases via our website during this period and urgent support questions by email will be answered as usual.

Do you have any questions? Look at our "help" page or mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl. We are happy to help you!

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Now available: Facebook Rights Manager

It is not a streaming service and it is not a download store, but it has recently been one of the most requested options: Facebook Rights Manager is now available via WM Digital Serivces.

You've undoubtedly seen them before: put the music stickers in 'stories' Instagram en Facebook. When you choose to add music to your story, you can choose from a large database of artists and tracks. You then have all kinds of 'edit' options to adjust the music clip and to add text, photos or video as you wish. When you use Facebook Rights Manager, your release can also be used in this way in Instagram Music and Facebook Music.

According to Instagram, the story function of the app is used daily by more than 500 million people. A perfect way to promote your new single or EP and to make your tracks findable for your fans.

Do you want to make your old releases available on this platform? Log in to your account, choose the 'distribute' option in the appropriate store on the 6 tab in your release and follow the further steps. Of course we can also activate this new service for you. In that case, send an email to info@wmdigitalservices.nl. Adding new stores or apps to your existing releases is of course free.

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Conquer China with these new streaming services

As part of our ten-year existence, we are expanding this month distribution package quite well: after Anghami and KKBOX we are now adding the Chinese streaming services Xiami Music en NetEase Cloud Music to our package.

WM Digital Services distribution package - your music on Spotify

NetEase Cloud Music is the fastest growing music service in China, with more than 400 million users. More than 30% of all music that is listened to via this platform comes from the West.

Xiami Music is a streaming service that since 2013 is owned by the large internet company Alibaba. The service now has tens of millions of users, who can listen to music via apps on Android and iOS. Xiami also offers streams in CD quality.

With these stores you reach tens of millions of potential new listeners. There are of course no additional costs associated with making your music available on these platforms.

Check this page for the complete overview of all streaming services where we can place your music. In the meantime, keep our social media , because we will soon be adding another nice, much-requested option to our platform!

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Addition of new store: KKBOX

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary this month, so we are looking forward to expanding our distribution package. Since last week is streaming service Anghami available, and this week we are adding KKBOX.

KKBOX is a streaming service that is active in Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, among others. The service currently has more than ten million active users. With the addition of KKBOX to our package, we can make your music available in a fast-growing market.

KKBOX is available immediately as an option when distributing your release.

Do you want to make your old releases available on this platform? Log in to your account, choose the 'distribute' option at the correct store on the 6 tab in your release and follow the further steps. Of course we can also activate this new service for you. In that case, send an email to info@wmdigitalservices.nl. Adding new stores to your existing releases is of course free.

You can find an up-to-date overview of all streaming services and download stores that are available via WM Digital Services here.

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Spotify takes over music marketplace SoundBetter

Spotify acquires SoundBetter The streaming service accounced today. SoundBetter is an online marketplace that brings musicians, producers, DJs, composers, technicians etc. together. The functionality of Soundbetter will become part of Spotify for Artists. You will have to pay for a number of SoundBetter options. That will probably remain so after the acquisition by Spotify.

"SoundBetter offers the most comprehensive global marketplace for music and audio production professionals for hire in the world along with a member community tension 176 countries and 14,000 cities worldwide," said SoundBetter CEO Shachar Gilad. "We are excited to benefit from Spotify's global scale, resources, and vision to expand our network and drive more economic opportunities for artists or all levels."

SoundBetter, founded in 2012, will operate under the flag of Spotify for Artists, but will also remain available as a stand-alone service.

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Spotify continues to grow

The number of paying Spotify subscribers rose from 2019 to 108 million in the second quarter, an increase of 31% compared to one year ago. That appears from Numbers that the streaming service has published today.

The number of Spotify listeners active every month rose to 232 million, an increase of 29 on an annual basis. The company's revenue increased to more than 1,5 billion euros, while the operating loss amounted to "only" 3 million euros. That is a considerable improvement compared to the loss in the same period a year earlier, which then amounted to 90 million euros.

Spotify itself expects to have between 120 million and 125 million subscribers for the premium service at the end of the year. By then the service may also be profitable.

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Broader cooperation against manipulation of streams

Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, the three major record labels, a number of music publishers and various other organizations representing the interests of rightholders have signed a joint agreement, in which they indicate that they will work more closely together in the fight against manipulating streams on the various online platforms.

Although every serious artist will stay away from artificially influencing the number of streams on Spotify, for example, research shows that such an 3 to 4 percent of all 'plays' on major streaming services are artificially created - eg by automated 'bots' , or companies that promise to generate a certain number of streams against payment - come into being. Because the number of streams on a platform directly influences the amount paid out per stream, beneficiaries are estimated to miss out on around 300 million dollars a year due to this type of practice.

Platforms such as Spotify are already using algorithms to detect unnatural streaming behavior and to prevent fraudulent artists from using their platform, but the new partnership should lead to even more efficient detection of unnatural streaming behavior.

You can find the complete text of the new 'Anti-Stream Manipulation of Best Practice' here.

Fortunately, we rarely have to deal with it ourselves, but of course WM Digital Services also takes strict action against fraud, whether it concerns the manipulation of streams or the unlawful use of third-party content. You can find our own Anti-Fraud Policy here.

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