Spotify is one of the largest and the most popular streaming service available. It has over 140 million paid subscribers, and it offers various features, superior algorithms, group session add-on, and even the ability to upload your own music to get better recommendations. And of course, you can also upload your music as an artist. Do you wonder how to upload music to Spotify? In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about uploading music to Spotify.
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How to upload local files to Spotify
What to do if Spotify library doesn’t contain songs you are looking for?
Although Spotify has an extensive music library, such a situation is very possible.
But don’t worry because you can upload your local files to this music streaming service, and it’s one of its unique features. To be able to stream local files via Spotify, follow a few simple steps. First, bear in mind that you have to be a Spotify premium subscriber to do that (read our Spotify Free vs Premium comparison). The local files sync process can be done from the desktop to all other devices only. So, you need to use Spotify desktop app on Windows or Mac. Follow the steps below.
- Install the Spotify desktop app.
- Within the app, find and open “Settings” in menu bar.
- Then find “Local Files” section.
4. Enable “Show Local Files” option, and tap 'Add a source'.
5. Add tracks from your local folder.
If you store your music in different parts of your hard drive, you have to redo this step for each folder. The best option is to store all your local music in one folder, and then add it to Spotify library. From now on, all the MP3, MP4, or M4P songs will appear in your Library.
Then you have to sync the mobile devices, creating a new playlist with the songs that you have in local files. To do this, select the songs that you want to add to the playlist, right-click on one of them and click “Add to playlist”. Then click “New List” and name it according to your preferences. Once you do this, it’ll appear on the mobile. However, to listen to it, you must download it. Once again, you have to be a Spotify premium subscriber. Also, you may find interesting to learn how to download songs from Spotify!
How to upload music to Spotify as an artist
Streaming platforms like Spotify don’t offer an option to upload your music directly. It has to be done through a digital music distributor. Such services take care of sending your music to all music streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and many more. They’ll also pay you the royalties generated by your songs on the platforms for streams of your singles, EPs or albums. There are hundreds of distributors that’ll offer you this service, but you have to be careful when uploading your music so as not to make a mistake in the decision.
Uploading music is pretty much the same on all platforms. First, you’ll have to register as artists and once this is done you can upload your songs. These must be in good quality, at least 320 kbps, FLAC or MP3 format. Also, you’ll have to add album cover. Once all this is done, all that remains is to publish the music and for Spotify to give the go-ahead to our music so that it begins to appear.
Best music distributors
Some of the best platforms to upload our music are:
It’s a perfect platform for those who want to distribute many songs or albums without having to pay for each release. This distributor works with Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, Pandora, Amazon, Instagram, YouTube, Tidal, iHeartRadio, Deezer, and several more. DistroKid offers 100% of earnings for artists. There is a fee of $11.99/year for uploading unlimited albums and songs. Compared to other distributors, this one stands out in that it uploads songs very quickly and in a matter of days it appears on Spotify and other streaming platforms. In addition, it offers additional (paid) services such as legally distributing covers, Spotify artist verification, and more.
This platform works with Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, Amazon, Pandora, YouTube, Deezer and many more. Prices are $9.99 for the standard version and $29.95 for the Pro version, for a single song release. If you opt for an album, it’ll cost $21.75 for the standard and $51.75 for the Pro version. CD Baby is the ideal distributor for those bands or musicians who want to release albums or EPs without monthly contracts. You only pay per launch. The only thing is that the service keeps 9% of your distribution income (and you keep 91%).
CD Baby has many benefits depending on the single or album version you choose, but in general, the service offers:
Content ID, which collects revenue for third-party videos (YouTube, Facebook and Instagram Stories....)
Distribution on Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, and more than 150 platforms.
Some other great distribution companies you might want to check out are: TuneCore, RouteNote, AWAL, LANDR.
How to upload music to Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and other services?
- Create an account on distributing service to upload your music.
- Enter information about your release, such as the title and artist.
- Upload your music and a cover image.
- Upload it, and that’s it! Your music will be placed on Spotify and many other streaming services and stores.
- Get paid! For every stream and sale you will receive a fee.
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