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How I published my original music on Spotify for FREE

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In order to accomplish this, for me it was a matter of thinking big, of having the courage and visionary mindset, in order to get there.
If you don't have the patience to read the whole story, just click here!

First, I had a recording of an original song that I was satisfied with. This is a fundamental step, because you can only publish original music that you wrote yourself on Spotify since you earn money from it.

The song I wrote is called "Praise the Good" and I recorded it with a friend using a Blue Yeti Microphone.

You can read the full story on Patrik Siljestam's website!
 
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Step 1: Treasure hunt on Spotify.com

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I went to Spotify's website and looked up what it would take to get my music there. After looking around some, I found in small grey print at the bottom of the site a link named "Labels and Artists" where I continued to click on "Are you an unsigned artist that want your music on Spotify?", which lead me to the next link, "artist aggregators we work with".

Quite the treasure hunt so far, but not nearly over yet. Now I was faced with 13 different websites I could contact as an unsigned artist to get my music on Spotify. 

Step 2: Finding a distributor

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I went through the whole list and did some research. Most of them charged around $10 per song you wanted to get up there, but the last one on the list, RouteNote could do everything for free, leaving you 85% of the profits (after Spotify takes a cut) and giving you the option to at any time upgrade a song to 100% profit for around $10. This definitely seemed like the best deal to me and I had nothing to lose.

The site, RouteNote.com, also has an online store and gets my music on iTunes, Amazon and a couple of other places in addition to Spotify.
nice work hope I can be as successful as you
DJPeterBro1 month ago

Keeps telling me my music isn't 192kbps and 44.1 rate

(I've made sure it is.)

help please?

Siljestam (author)  DJPeterBro1 month ago
Did you try using LameXP, the software I was using? That way you can convert existing mp3 files to that format without changing the quality. Otherwise RouteNote's customer support is very good so I would contact them through filling out their form at http://routenote.com/contact
iJacek992 months ago

Any updates? Is everything still working fine? Making any money? Anything we should know about or be careful with?

Siljestam (author)  iJacek992 months ago
It's all working fine, just earned almost $40 this month, mainly through referrals though.

Still same uploading process!
UjkaP2 months ago

hi, please any one tell me if i make a good pop dance or electronic song, how much may i be paid on spotify, and if i pay $10, will everyone see my song? if i publish a song on spotify, will i make some income? i need the right answer, or let the indie bands answer, good job, bye bye.

Siljestam (author)  UjkaP2 months ago
With RouteNote, everyone will see your song even if you go with the free version. I've earned $1 for every 317 Spotify streams on average with the free version, meaning RouteNote took 15%.

I would have earned $1 for every 275 Spotify streams if I had paid them $10 for the album.

So, as long as you get enough people listening to your music you will have an income. Read more here: http://www.soundfromtheheart.com/2014/05/earning-money-on-music-through-routenote.html
UjkaP Siljestam2 months ago

thank you, but if i sell my song on cd baby song cast or itunes, is this possible for an independed singer? you have a good day

Siljestam (author)  UjkaP2 months ago

RouteNote also allows you to sell your songs as a CD as well, on Amazon, Google Play and other places, so you get both Streaming and selling.

UjkaP Siljestam2 months ago

thanks :)

Racsov9 months ago

I've checked your user at Spotify and I like it. ;D

Thanks for the tutorial, but do I only need RouteNote to publish songs?

Thanks anyway and continue with music!

Siljestam (author)  Racsov9 months ago
I'm glad you enjoy my music! And yes, RouteNote will take care of all the publishing!