In September of 2018, Spotify announced its unique direct distribution service. Now Spotify has announced its ‘minority investment’ in DistroKid which obviously has other distributors freaking out. In this episode, I talk about what this partnership could mean for independent musicians, record labels, and music distributors.

Read Spotify’s announcement today:

Today, we’re happy to announce plans to enhance Spotify for Artists by enabling artists who upload to Spotify, via our recently announced beta feature, to seamlessly distribute their music to other platforms through DistroKid.

For the past five years, DistroKid has served as a go-to service for hundreds of thousands independent artists, helping them deliver their tracks to digital music services around the world, and reaching fans however they choose to consume music. The service has been a trusted and reliable partner to Spotify, which is why they’re a natural choice to enhance the experience for artists using our beta upload feature. As part of this partnership, Spotify has made a passive minority investment in DistroKid.

We’re excited to roll out this new technical integration in the near future, and hope to share more information soon.