How to get your Spotify URI before your music is released

A URI is Spotify’s unique identifier for music on their platform.

If you’re looking for the URI for music that is already available on Spotify, it’s simple; you just click the ellipses (the three dots) next to the track, album, or playlist, scroll down, and copy that URI.

But how the hell are you supposed to get the identifier code for music that hasn’t been released yet?

CD Baby’s music marketing platform makes it simple.

Easy steps to getting your Spotify URI

I’m going to assume you’re here because you want to create a Spotify pre-save campaign. I mean, why else would you need a Spotify URI ahead of time?

With, you can get the URI for your unreleased music AND launch a Spotify pre-save at the same time.

  1. Distribute your music to Spotify via CD Baby
  2. Set a release date in the future (give yourself at least a couple weeks to get the most out of your pre-save campaign)
  3. Confirm that your music has been delivered to Spotify by going to the “Distribution: Partner Delivery” section of your CD Baby dashboard
  4. If you don’t have a free account, create one FROM WITHIN YOUR CD BABY DASHBOARD by clicking the “Free Marketing Tools” link
  5. If you don’t have a CD Baby account, they’re also free — so get started HERE
  6. Log into your account
  7. Click NEW CAMPAIGN in the top right
  8. Select “Social Unlock” pre-save campaign for Spotify
  9. Choose “Spotify: Pre-Save” from the campaign type dropdownHow to get your URI from Spotify before your music is released
  10. Select “CD Baby UPC” as the identifier
  11. Enter your UPC, which should be a 12-digit code

Through our linkup with Spotify, we’ll then locate your URI, pop it into your campaign, and you can continue setting up your pre-save.

Please note: if your music is already available, you can’t do a pre-save — because that’s only for music that’s NOT yet released on Spotify. If you’re trying to enter the UPC for older releases, you’ll see a warning message like the one below.

How to find your URI from Spotify

If you get that warning message, don’t be sad.

There are a lot of ways to promote your music on Spotify, even if it’s been out for a while. Just create a different kind of campaign from the dropdown menu, such as:

  • Stream on Spotify
  • Add to My Music on Spotify
  • Add to My Playlist on Spotify
  • or Follow on Spotify

Don’t have a account yet? They’re free for all CD Baby account holders — and CD Baby accounts are ALSO free. So there’s no cost to launch a Spotify pre-save!

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