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Spotify renews mobile app for free users

Spotify today presented a renewed version of its mobile app for free users during a press presentation. Users without a subscription can now determine the song order themselves from the music in fifteen personalized playlists.

The music is divided into fifteen playlists, such as Daily Mix, Discover Weekly, Release Radar and Today's Top Hits. Each user is presented with different music, depending on specified preferences. It is still possible to listen to music that is not on the playlists, but then shuffle mode will be activated as before. The free version will continue to have ads. The updated app will be rolled out in phases to all free users in the coming period.

The news from Spotify comes on the same day that the NVPI announced that the turnover of the Dutch music industry has grown by about 10% this year. The streaming revenue share has increased to 63,8% of the total market, compared to 54,7% in 2016.

You cannot find your music on Spotify and the other major music platforms? Then make here set up an account and get started quickly!

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Japanese streaming service AWA now available

WM Digital Services strives to provide you with the tools to make your music as widely available as possible. This of course also includes a sophisticated package of download stores and streaming services. Today we are adding one of the largest streaming platforms in Japan: AWA.

AWA focuses on the Japanese market and now has about 15 million users, who can choose from a catalog of more than 40 million tracks. AWA is available on mobile via apps for Android and iOS and on the desktop via applications for Windows and Mac.

Are you distributing a new release? Then from now on you will see AWA as an option during check-out.
Do you still want to send an older release to AWA? This can be done very easily and without extra costs: go to the 'distribution' tab in your release, search for AWA, select 'distribute' and follow the further steps.

You can find an up-to-date overview of all stores, streaming services and apps where we can make your music available here . We hope to add more new platforms later this year, so keep an eye on our website.

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Apple Music: 2 million new users every month

Apple announced two new milestones at the SXSW conference in Texas: Apple Music now has 45 million users and the service is now growing at about two million users per month. Of the 45 million number, about eight million users are currently in the 'trial' period, so not all of them have a paid subscription.

With more than 70 million paying users, Spotify is still by far the largest streaming service and so far, the service has also grown faster than Apple Music. Seen in absolute numbers, however, the growth rates of both services are now coming close to each other.

Do you want to distribute your music to Spotify, Apple Music and all other major platforms? Then make here an account or mail info@wmdigitalservices.nl .

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Spotify expands to South Africa, Israel and Vietnam

With the addition of South Africa, Israel and Vietnam, Spotify's reach has increased a lot again. The streaming service is now available in 64 countries. In the three new countries, Spotify can potentially reach around 160 million listeners.

On the occasion of the launch in Israel, Spotify has published a video with the cooperation of Maroon 5 and Major Lazer, among others:

You don't have to do anything to make your music findable in countries that are added by the various streaming services. Do you have reasons to make exceptions, for example because you do not have the worldwide rights for your release? No problem, you can always choose in which continents or countries your music may or may not be published.

Are your releases not yet on Spotify? Then quickly create an account on our site and get started right away!

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Amazon Music Unlimited available in the Netherlands

End of last year In addition to the existing mp3 store, Amazon introduced the streaming service Amazon Music Limited in the United States. Since last week, this service is also available in the Netherlands, Belgium and various other European countries.

Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon Music Unlimited is comparable to Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play Music. Users can stream unlimited music with a monthly subscription of 9,99 euros per month. Amazon also offers a family plan for EUR 14,99 per month. Six people can use it at the same time. The catalog contains about XNUMX million songs. Apps are available for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. In addition, the service works with Amazon's Echo speakers, which are now also available to customers in the Netherlands.

You don't have to take extra steps to make your music available on Amazon Music Unlimited: if you distribute your releases to Amazon, they will automatically be available on the new streaming service. Is your music not yet available online? Then create an account here and get started right away.

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Processing times in November and December

The holidays are approaching again and that means that it will be extra busy at the various download stores and streaming services. As a result, processing times can increase considerably from mid-November. We therefore advise you to make your releases as broad as possible - preferably at least fifteen days - before the desired release date.

Also note that from Friday 22 December to Tuesday 2 January 2017, most platforms will not process new uploads and changes to existing releases. There may also be some delay in the beginning of January.

Due to the holidays, WM Digital Services from 23 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 cannot be reached by telephone. You can reach us for urgent matters via info@wmdigitalservices.nl. We also do not process royalty payments between Christmas and New Year, so if you would like to receive another payment in 2017, please indicate this by 20 December at the latest. via your account.

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Microsoft stops streaming service Groove Music

Microsoft today announced that streaming service Groove Music will close its doors at the end of 2017. Two years ago, the tech giant tried to get a larger share of the streaming market for the existing Xbox Music service to be renamed Groove Music. However, the new platform was never a success.

Microsoft will soon stop selling Groove Music subscriptions to its customers, and will discontinue the platform as a streaming service as of December 31, 2017. The Groove Music app will only be used to play music that the user has on his or her PC or on Microsoft's cloud service OneDrive. From now on, Microsoft will redirect users to Spotify for streaming music. It will also be possible for users to transfer existing Groove playlists to Spotify.

Naturally, Groove Music will soon also no longer be available as a choice within our distribution package. Fortunately, there are still enough platforms left to offer your music. You can find an up-to-date overview here .

Is your music not yet available online? Get started here or mail info@wmdigitalservices.nl .

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'Spotify Fan Insights' is now 'Spotify for Artists'

We have already pointed this spot to the possibilities of Spotify Fan Insights, the option that Spotify offers artists directly for adjust your profile photo, choosing a 'Artist's Pick'and viewing extensive listening statistics.

Yesterday, Spotify announced that Spotify Fan Insights now has a new name: Spotify for Artists.

With this fresh start, Spotify hopes to persuade even more artists and managers to take advantage of this option. In addition to the name change, some new functions are already visible. You can now arrange more things from your Artists account, without having to open Spotify. The streaming service promises that this is just the beginning and that options and statistics will be expanded in the coming period.

Don't have a Spotify Fan Insights account yet? Then quickly go to the login page. Since Spotify for Artists is linked to a personal Spotify account, we cannot arrange this registration for you.

Do you already have a Fan Insights account? Then you automatically have access to the updated Spotify for Artists.

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