Digital distribution

Spotify expands into thirteen new countries

It took a while, but from now on streaming service Spotify is also available in Russia and twelve surrounding countries. That means millions of new potential listeners and 200 new official Spotify playlists.

Due to the expansion to Russia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Albania, among others, Spotify is now available in 92 countries. The service currently has around 286 million users, but with a fast-growing streaming market in Russia, that number could increase rapidly.

“Spotify's arrival in Russia, as well as the additional 12 European countries, is a big step forward in our overall global growth strategy. A fundamental piece of that strategy is staying connected to global culture while allowing room for local adaptation, and we've certainly achieved that with these launches. Our team on the ground is working closely with local musicians, labels and cultural tastemakers to offer a revolutionary and unrivaled fully Russian music experience to be sure that Spotify is going to be loved, ”said a Spotify spokesperson.

Is your music already on Spotify and have you not set any regional restrictions? Then your releases are now automatically available in all new areas. Is your music not yet on Spotify and other major platforms? Then quickly create an account on our site and get started!

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Further integration of Google Play Music and YouTube Music

Google has been planning its platforms for several years Google Play Music en YouTube Music integrate with each other. Google Play Music is expected to disappear as a streaming service and YouTube Music will become the default streaming app for music and music videos. Those options still exist side by side, and in addition, releases sent to YouTube Music will also appear on the regular YouTube site in the form of static 'clips' with the artwork of your release and the music underneath.

In early April, Google added, without any advance warning, a large number of releases previously available only on Google Play Music to YouTube Music and YouTube. Although they do not provide much information about it, it seems that the next step has now been taken to phase out Google Play Music as a streaming service.

Did your releases unexpectedly appear on YouTube and YouTube Music in early April? Then the above is the reason. Do you want your releases to be removed here? Of course they can, but they are also automatically removed from Google Play Music. You generate revenue with streams on YouTube Music and the number of users is also growing fast, so in that respect, our advice is to simply leave your releases here.

As soon as we know when Google Play Music will disappear permanently, we will report it here immediately. From now on, you should at least keep in mind that releases you send to this platform will automatically appear on YouTube Music, even if you don't explicitly check the latter option during checkout.

Are you not yet familiar with YouTube Music? Check the apps for iOS en Android and the web version.

You will find an up-to-date overview of all platforms where we can place your releases here.

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New: your music on TikTok and Resso

It will not have escaped your notice: TikTok is one of the most talked about social media apps of recent years. With TikTok, short music videos can be created and shared. The videos have a length of 3 to 15 seconds and so-called 'loops' have a maximum length of 60 seconds.

Starting today, you too can make your music available for use in TikTok videos. When your music is available on TikTok, users are given the option to listen to a 30-second preview. They can use 15 seconds of your track in their videos. With the use of your music, you naturally generate income, which you will see in your account afterwards.

In addition to TikTok, Resso is now also available, a streaming service that was also developed by Bytedance, the owner of TikTok. Resso offers a full-fledged music service, but also has many social functions. Users are encouraged to share lyrics and leave messages for other users. The music starts playing immediately when the app is opened.

The Resso app is currently only available in India. It is not known when the service will be released in other countries. According to recent reports, ByteDance first wants to provide "emerging countries" with the app.

TikTok and Resso are available immediately via our platform. You can find an up-to-date overview of all available streaming services, download stores and apps here.

Do you want to send your existing releases to TikTok and Resso? Mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl and we will fix it, of course without extra costs.

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Tip: Claim your Deezer profile via Deezer Backstage

It took a long time, but after Spotify en Apple Music The French streaming service Deezer now also has an option for managing your artist profile and viewing additional statistics: Deezer Backstage.

Deezer Backstage

Just like Spotify for Artists you can supplement your profile via Deezer Backstage with photos, a biography and links to your social media accounts. In addition, Deezer also promises that you will gain more insight into the listening behavior of your fans.

You can register for Deezer Backstage via https://backstage.deezer.com/user/login.

You have the choice to register as an artist, label or manager. For your registration you need, among other things, a UPC for one of your releases and you also have to provide the name and email address of your distributor. In our case, that is WM Digital Services, with the address info@wmdigitalservices.nl. You can find the UPCs of your releases in your account. You can also enter links for your profiles on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but these are not mandatory.

Is your music not yet available on Deezer and the other well-known streaming services? We are happy to help you! Make an account on our site and upload your releases, or mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl For more information.

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Accessibility during the holidays

From Monday, December 23, 2019 to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, WM Digital Services will not be available by phone. Of course you can upload releases via our website during this period and urgent support questions by mail will be dealt with as quickly as possible.

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Do you have plans for a release in December, or the first week of January? Then keep in mind that it is currently extra busy with the various online platforms and that during the holidays the checking and processing of releases is largely stopped.

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

Happy Holidays!

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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

[Update] The sign up link has since been removed by Spotify. It is not yet known when Spotify Canvas can be used by all artists.

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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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