Monthly Archives June 2019

Spotify is closing its direct upload program. What should you do?

CD Baby will make it easy for you to switch distributors without any downtime for your catalog, and without losing any of your Spotify play counts! After almost a year beta-testing a direct upload tool for select artists, Spotify has decided to end the program. All content delivered through that direct submission portal will be …

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What is INDIE anyway?

Defining indie as a genre. When I first started working at CD Baby in 2005, we prided ourselves on having more than 600 genres of music from all over the world in our online store. We had Polka, Progressive House, Batucada, Soft Rock, Chiptune, Torch Songs, Terror, … EVERYTHING. Everything, that is, except INDIE. No …

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How to get your lyrics on Instagram Stories: The REAL info (that’s actually helpful)

Make instant lyrical moments in Instagram Stories. You can now create quick Instagram Stories that feature your lyrics. The words to the songs are auto-populated, so you don’t have to type out the lyrics. Pretty sweet, huh? Here’s an example of a lyric story I created for my music this morning: Yes, this is a …

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Is your music available on Spotify Stations?

Spotify launches a free listening app to compete with customizable, non-interactive streaming services like Pandora… … and your music should already be there! That is, it should be there as long as you’ve got your music on Spotify. If not, ummm, we can help. 😉 GET YOUR MUSIC ON SPOTIFY How Spotify Stations works It’s …

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How to make an effective iHeartRadio audio ad for your music

Guidelines and examples for musicians creating an iHeartRadio audio ad. Show.co’s simple Ad Builder tool helps you reach new audiences on major streaming platforms like iHeartRadio and Spotify, as well as premiere music websites like Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, MTV, etc. Because you can target listeners based on geography, genre, and radio station, iHeartRadio is a …

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How and when music matters to Generation Z

The listening habits of people under 25. Spotify created an infographic showing cultural and music-consumption trends among an “empowered, multinational, cross-cultural, socially aware, and informed group of 15- to 24-year-olds who speak their minds.” Most surprising to me? That Generation Z loves itself some sad music, which they compile in “bag playlists” (collections of songs …

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Want to perform this summer in Austin, Texas?

More performance opportunities than ever before at the 2019 DIY Musician Conference! There are so many ways to share you music with fellow musicians and industry professionals at the DIY Musician Conference: showcases open mics song-pitch sessions one-on-one mentorship the “jam room” and more Learn More Explore new ways to MAKE, MARKET, and MONETIZE your …

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Apple isn’t REALLY closing iTunes, and downloads aren’t dead

Goodbye downloads? Not yet. After 18 years, Apple announced at their recent WWDC event that they’ll be shutting down iTunes.  PANIC! No, just kidding. As a musician, your primary concern is probably: “Will my customers still be able to access the music they downloaded through iTunes?” Yes. They will. Downloaded files are still accessible via …

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Apple isn’t REALLY closing iTunes, and the download isn’t dead

Goodbye downloads? Not yet. After 18 years, Apple announced at their recent WWDC event that they’ll be shutting down iTunes.  PANIC! No, just kidding. As a musician, your primary concern is probably: “Will my customers still be able to access the music they downloaded through iTunes?” Yes. They will. Downloaded files are still accessible via …

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The top 10 cities for full-time songwriters

Looking for the best places to live, tour, or visit as a songwriter?  Hi friends. I know many of you are on the road a great portion of your life. I wanted to build a list that will help you find new touring markets, locate potential co-writing opportunities, and maybe even find a new place …

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