“Album artwork, for the streaming age”. This is how Spotify describes the Canvas option: the super short videos that you occasionally see in the mobile Spotify app with some larger artists. It is still a beta test, but the option to add these 'looping visuals' has been made more widely available via Spotify for Artists.
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.
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.
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.
Songs from the popular carnival revue “Medammecour on Tour”Can now also be heard on Spotify and the other well-known platforms. The songs can be found online from today, the 11th of the 11th. For Limburgers and for homesick people anywhere in the world.
The regional broadcaster L1 is pleased that Joost Meijs and Marc Hermans, spiritual fathers of the annual “Medammecour on Tour“, Came up with the idea of arranging distribution via Spotify. The artists involved were also willing to cooperate. L1 has a rich archive of recordings from the annual event.
Joost Meijs, one of the initiators of “Medammecour on Tour”: “Nowadays everything is perfect studio work. We would like to show the unique live atmosphere of our performances. The songs from the 2019 and 2018 shows can be heard first on Spotify. Our L1VE Medammecour archive will be further expanded in the near future. ”
L1 editor-in-chief Leo Hauben: “As a regional broadcaster, we want to propagate our role as a culture carrier everywhere. Making our archive accessible, in this case through a streaming service, is one of the ways we do that. The old ROZ live recordings of carnival sessions, world famous in their own province, will soon be made available via Spotify. As the oldest regional broadcaster, since 1945, you can safely call our archive cultural heritage. ”
The online distribution of the Medammecour recordings is provided by WM Digital Services.
Listen yourself via your favorite platform: https://album.link/i/1486760986
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 have undoubtedly seen them before: the music stickers in 'stories' on 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 add text, photos or video to your own liking. 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 email@example.com. Adding new stores or apps to your existing releases is of course free.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 right here.
Everyone knows Spotify and Apple Music, but there are dozens of other streaming services and download stores worldwide, often operating in certain regions or focusing on specific genres. Today we can add another new platform to our offer: Anghami.
Anghami is the first legal music streaming platform in the Arab world. It was launched in November 2012 and offers unlimited streaming of Arabic and international music via apps for Android, iOS and Windows.
The service is mainly active in the Middle East and northern Africa. Anghami now has more than 70 million users, which are also reached through partnerships with various telecom providers in the region.
Anghami 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 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 email@example.com. Adding new stores to your existing releases is free.
You can find an up-to-date overview of all streaming services, mobile providers, apps and databases that are available via WM Digital Services right here.
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 avoid artificially influencing the number of streams on Spotify, for example, research shows that about 3 to 4 percent of all 'plays' on the major streaming services are artificially - for example, by automated 'bots'. , or companies that promise to generate a certain number of streams for a fee - is created. Because the number of streams on a platform directly affects the amount paid out per stream, rightsholders are estimated to lose about $ 300 million per year due to these practices.
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 will find the complete text of the new 'Anti-Stream Manipulation of Best Practice' right 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 right here.
It won't have escaped your notice: Apple announced on Monday 3 June last year at the start of its annual developer conference that iTunes will disappear from MacOS.
The big question is of course: will it still be possible to offer music downloads via Apple? And what changes for Windows users?
To start with the last question: for Windows users, nothing will change for the time being. iTunes will continue to exist as a Windows application.
iTunes for MacOS will be split in the new version into separate apps for music, podcasts and films & series. Buying music and movies will also continue to be possible for Mac users via the iTunes Store, which will have a separate place in MacOs Catalina.
With regard to the distribution of your music, nothing will change for the time being: releases that are sent to Apple will appear on both Apple Music and the iTunes Store.