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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

An artist’s profile is it’s homepage on Spotify. It’s where all of your music and content lives. It’s also where fans can discover more about what’s happening with you, hear your newest releases, dig deeper with one of your playlists, find out where you’re touring, even buy your recordings. The best way to be considered for Spotify playlists is to make your music as visible as possible and maintain an active presence on 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

Some artists want to sell their music, while others want to release it freely into the world. Some have live recordings, others have studio tracks or new demos. Artist hub lets you decide how to connect with fans on 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

To submit your music to Pandora, get your own station. Your own station on Pandora is an invaluable resource which can help build a world-wide fan base reaching literally millions of people and the best part is that it’s free.

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

If you are an independent musician or recording artist, you can sell your music in the Xbox Music store. You do this by working with one of several companies that provide music to the Xbox Music store. Each company has its own system and process for accepting music and paying royalties. The companies include — Believe Digital, CDBaby, firetunes, TuneCore, EMU Bands.

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

Being on SoundCloud is a great way to connect with your core fan base which gives them a simple way to access and play your tracks. SoundCloud allows listeners to engage more deeply because it has a social-media driven track comments. This allows creators and fans, as well as fans to each other, the chance to make connections.

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 Music empowers users to access a vast catalog of on-demand audio and video streams. Users can add songs from the MySpace Music catalog to their profile pages, create and share playlists, and even purchase MP3 downloads.

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

iHeartRadio services, iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access are now available for TuneCore Artists to distribute their music to. The relation is based on a number of different factors such as the artist’s popularity and fan following as well as popularity on sites such as Rovi, All Music, Echonest and Gracenote.

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

Mixcloud has blanket radio licensing deals with various collecting societies around the world. This means that users can upload shows or mix sets with songs from any catalogue and we pay royalties to these societies, who in turn distribute them to artists, labels and publishers.

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

8tracks is an amazing mix of playlisting and streaming radio. 8tracks users create playlists and then publish them. The reason 8tracks is so helpful for artists is that while other platforms offer playlists only as a feature, 8tracks’ entire focus is on creating and discovering playlists.

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

Tidal’s platform makes way for rising artists to receive spotlight through TIDAL Rising. TIDAL Rising selects one emerging artist/band each week for exposure. Additionally, Symphonic can help get your music/music videos pitched to the Tidal Playlists for additional exposure on the site. For this you have to fill out feature request form, located in SymphonicMS, and identify the top playlists on Tidal that you would like to pitch your music to.

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

To reach a world of listeners, grow your audience, and amplify your impact when you make your radio station or program, then be a part of the TuneIn experience.

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

You don’t need to be signed to a label to get your music on Deezer, you can distribute your catalogue using a third-party distributor. These companies handle the licensing, distribution, and administration of your music.

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

Slacker Radio makes it easy for fans to discover, share and purchase your music. Delivering hundreds of hand-crafted stations that adapt to listener’s tastes, Slacker allows users to lean back and enjoy a DJ-created mix of the biggest artists, indie favorites, and tomorrow’s stars.

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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