Those distribution platforms have historically charged a one-time upload fee or yearly subscription fee for use of their services, but now Spotify is allowing artists to upload directly free of charge. That could be about to change, though, with Spotify now making it possible to upload music directly via its Spotify for Artists programme.
Still, uploads represent another way for musicians and Spotify to cut out middlemen.
This doesn't mean anyone can upload their basement recordings to Spotify now.
Indeed, an artist would need to own the copyright for the all of songs they are uploading to the app.More news: Here's what you'll pay in South Africa for Apple's new iPhone models
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In July, the firm's CEO, Daniel Ek, told investors during a Q2 earnings presentation that Spotify want to create a "two-sided marketplace". Just because it's there doesn't mean that anyone will actually stream or download it, so while direct uploading might go a small way towards levelling the playing field for independent artists, it'll still be hard to compete with the marketing might of the major labels.
Spotify, the world's most popular streaming music site, is looking to expand its library of tunes from independent artists.
The addition of direct uploading has been in the works for months, Spotify said, and is now invite-only to "a few hundred US-based independent artists".
The feature will also offer a "clear report" on how a release is performing, while Spotify says that the service "doesn't charge you any fees or commissions no matter how frequently you release music". Artists will reportedly receive 50% of the revenue and 100% of royalties generated by the songs they uploaded to Spotify; monthly royalty checks will be deposited directly to their bank accounts.