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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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Quarterly figures Spotify: 124 million paying subscribers

Spotify has this week Numbers was announced for the fourth quarter of 2019. The streaming service had 124 million paying users in that period, a growth of 29 percent compared to the last quarter of 2018.

The number of monthly active users also increased in the past year. In the last quarter of 2019, Spotify had 271 million users who were active on the platform every month. That is an increase of 31 percent compared to 2018. The number of active users is expected to be between 279 and 289 million this year. The number of paying subscribers is expected to exceed 2020 million in 150.

Do you also want to make your music available on Spotify and more than 30 other platforms? Then you are at the right place at WM Digital Services. Create an account here, or mail to info@wmdigitalservices.nl For more information.

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Conquer China with these new streaming services

In the context of our ten year anniversary, 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.

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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: Anghami

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 info@wmdigitalservices.nl. 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 here.

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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 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' 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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Worldwide music turnover grows almost 10%

Revenues from music recordings grew by 2018% worldwide in 9,7. This is stated in the 'Global Music Report 2019' of IFPI, the umbrella organization of the music industry.

Revenue from streaming even grew by 34%. As a result, streaming is currently responsible for 47% of worldwide revenue. More than 255 million users had a subscription to a paid streaming service at the end of 2018, a share of 37% of total revenue.

According to the IFPI report, the total turnover of the music industry in 2018 was $ 19,1 billion. It is the fourth consecutive year that sales are growing. The fastest growing markets are Latin America and Asia.

Do you want to read the entire report? You can do that via with this link.

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Spotify officially launched in India

The rumor that the launch was imminent has been circulating for some time, but since this week it is official: streaming service Spotify is available in India.

According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Spotify is tailor-made in India to deliver the best user experience. This includes, for example, displaying recommendations in multiple local languages, such as Hindi, Punjabi and Tamil. In addition, free Spotify users will also be able to play songs 'on demand' for the first time, instead of just in shuffle. Special playlists are also being launched, targeting the Indian market.

The subscription prices are also geared to the local market. They are therefore a lot lower than in Western countries. Moreover, it is possible to buy a day pass or a week pass, an option that is not available anywhere else.

Is your music already on Spotify and have you not set any region restrictions? Then you have a lot of potential new listeners in one go! Is your music not yet on Spotify? Then make quickly an account and get started with your first upload.

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Spotify is preparing for launch in Japan

After the recent message that Spotify crossed the line 40 million paying users In the short term, the streaming service is expected to have big news: the service would be available in Japan, the second largest music market in the world, by the end of this month.

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More than three years ago, Spotify set foot in Asia, making the service available in Singapore. Indonesia followed earlier this year. In Japan, Spotify will compete with Apple, Google and various local services.

Do you want to know in which countries we can distribute your music? In the overview of the stores in our package you can click on detailed information per platform. You will also find information about the geographical availability of each service there.

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