Top 13 music streaming platforms on which you should upload your song

Apurva Rani
Mar 31, 2018 · 8 min read

For the unstable music moods, or for any random outings, and even for specific occasions, we don’t have time to build specific playlists for every occasion and keep them updated. Listeners are switching from digital music downloads to on-demand music streaming as here they get access to huge music libraries. But to choose the right online player to upload your song is a mammoth task. Here is the list of top music streaming platforms that you must consider.

1. Spotify

If you’re not signed to a label or distributor, they have deals in place with companies who can deliver your music to us and collect royalties for you. If you’re a label, they provide services that handle the licensing and distribution of your music and also pay you royalties when your fans stream your music on Spotify. But for that they usually charge a small fee.

2. Google Play

If you decide to sell your music, you suggest the retail price. Any time your music is sold on Google Play, you’ll earn your revenue share (up to 70%) based on your suggested retail price. There is absolutely no fee for uploading tracks, creating albums, making changes to existing albums, editing your artist page, or anything else within the artist hub. Google Play keeps a 30% commission only on any sales.

3. Pandora

For independent artists, getting music on Pandora Radio can be a great way to build an audience without spending thousands on radio promotion or advertising. The services generate different royalties, but those royalties are paid to you differently depending on how your music was added to Pandora’s catalog. Pandora also has an open submission system online that allows artists to submit their albums and singles for consideration. Every submission is listened to and considered carefully by a musicologist that is trained to approve submissions for Pandora.

4. Xbox

Submit information like the title, artist, street date, etc. Then, select the stores you want your music sent to and finally upload your audio files and cover art. Xbox systems will then process your music and then deliver it to the stores world-wide. You can even set a specific street date in the future that you want your music to go live in Xbox allowing you time to prepare your marketing campaigns.

5. SoundCloud

Advanced engagement strategies on SoundCloud like interacting with fans by sending them private tracks are tactics that can promote your tracks even more. Use the crowd to get feedback and perfect your music before it’s released. You can control which songs can and can’t be downloaded from your account. SongCast adds your music to SoundCloud where you can earn money from your tracks, something that is not possible when you upload to SoundCloud directly. You earn money on SoundCloud whenever a user plays your song. SoundCloud pays a percentage of the monthly subscription or advertising revenue they receive from the advertiser or consumer. Your royalties are a proportional share of the subscription or advertising revenue they’ve received that month based on your total track plays. Because of this, the royalty received per track will vary month to month.

6. MySpace

Myspace service “My Radio” allows people to create and program their own radio stations, which can be streamed for free on an unlimited basis. Stations can be produced by anyone, giving each member the opportunity to play the role of DJ and promote the music they love to the broader community.

7. iHeart Radio

Currently if you distribute to iHeartRadio, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to search for your music or create a custom station in their radio platform. It is possible for your song to be played within another station created in iHeartRadio. This would not block them from playing in other custom stations.

8. MixCloud

Access to the Platform currently provides users with access to the Services such as audio, personalised content, social features and targeted advertising messages. The Platform enables you to upload, share and discover audio and personalised content with all other users on the Platform.Mixcloud does not allow the upload of single tracks or albums, and has a limit of tracks you can use by a single artist.

9. 8tracks

As an artist, simply upload songs that you want people to hear and It’ll play them to your target audience inside of 8tracks. It’ll also let you know how people respond to your song so you can make better, more informed decisions about how to further develop and promote your music.

10. Tidal

In order to keep your listeners updated, you can request to have your socials added to your Tidal profile, along with a professional biography and artist image. Simply create a ticket through their support system service and include the assets and links.

11. TuneIn

You can add new shows, new artwork, and update schedules and program info, or add “now playing” content listing to your streams. TuenIn empower fans to spread the word via social. TuneIn has easy-to-use sharing functionality, and embed player lets you broadcast audio streams right from your website.

12. Deezer

Deezer4Artists helps to grow and maintain engagement between artists and fans. You can customise your Artist Page, update your status, or upload a playlist. Deezer4Artists allows you to push audio content to your fans, from track previews to exclusive mixes.You can instantly see the impact of your activities with detailed analytics.

13. Slacker Radio

When a subscriber streams your music, you get paid a proportionate share of Slacker’s subscription revenue per month calculated on terms set out in TuneCore’s blanket agreement with the store. Payments will fluctuate each month, depending on the amount of subscription revenue generated and how often your music was streamed.

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