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Processing times around the holidays

Forget it or not, but 2020 will also come to an end someday ...

With about six weeks to go until the holidays, we would like to point out that in the coming weeks it will be extra busy again at all streaming platforms and at the various support channels. Our usual advice is to ship releases at least seven days before the desired release date, but a broader schedule in November and December won't hurt.

Do you want to use Spotify's “playlist consideration? Then we recommend that you plan your release at least ten days in advance.

Do you have questions about the planning of your release? Feel free to mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl.

Availability by phone
Due to the holidays, WM Digital Services cannot be reached by telephone from Thursday December 24, 2020 to Sunday January 3, 2021. For urgent matters you can contact us by email. We will be ready for you again on Monday 4 January.

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Quarterly results Spotify: 320 million monthly users

Streaming service Spotify now has 320 million monthly users. The company announced this in its last week quarterly figures. In the past quarter, Spotify gained more than twenty million users.

The number of Spotify users increased by 29 percent compared to the same period last year. Of the total of 320 million users, 144 million pay for the service. Both the number of free and paying users grew faster than analysts expected. In Russia - where the service has been available since July this year - and India, Spotify is growing fastest.

Your music on Spotify? We are happy to help you. Make an account here and get started right away, or email info@wmdigitalservices.nl for more information.

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Spotify introduces Promo Cards

Spotify has introduced a handy way to quickly generate a good image that you can use to promote your new release, your artist profile or a podcast: Promo Cards.

Spotify Promotion Cards

The operation of Promo Cards is simple:
- Through https://promocards.byspotify.com/ search for an artist, album, song or podcast.
- With the option 'customize' you select a background color and the shape of the image, eg square or rectangular.
- With the option 'share' you can see the end result, which you can share directly via Twitter or Facebook. You can also save the promo card as an image, so that you can also use it on your website or Instagram.

Is your music not yet on Spotify? We are happy to help you! Get started by creating an account on our website, or mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl .

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The end of Google Play Music is near

After a long period of uncertainty, the time has finally come: Google has officially announced the end of Google Play Music.

That Google Play Music would disappear and that instead YouTube Music Google's streaming service had been known for some time, but we now know that the transition will be completed before the end of this year. Existing Google Play Music users can transfer their playlists, recommendations, and purchased music to YouTube Music. From the end of September it will no longer be possible for consumers to purchase music via Google Play Music and the service will be phased out completely in the following months.

This change will of course also affect the distribution of your music: at the moment you can still choose both Google Play Music and YouTube Music when sending your releases, but we will soon also remove Google Play Music as an option.

Are you not yet familiar with YouTube Music? Then check the apps for Android of iOS or the web version.

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

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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 to become the default streaming app for music and music videos. Those options now exist side by side and in addition, releases sent to YouTube Music 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

You will not have missed it: TikTok is one of the most talked about social media apps in 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 will be given the option to listen to a 'preview' of 30 seconds. In their videos, they can use 15 seconds of your track. 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 wants to provide “emerging countries” with the app first.

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 required.

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 .

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