Every so often, Spotify will come out with a similar personalized feature – this time, they’ve unveiled the “Only You” page.
Only You compares all the songs and artists you have saved, and notes which ones are the most different from one another, and which combinations set you apart from other users. Spotify claims they’ve done this by analyzing every user’s music tastes, and picking out the songs or artists that you listen to together, but no one else does. For example, if you listen to both heavy metal and classical baroque pieces, that might show up.
You’ll also get a faux-astrology reading, and a page where you can find special playlists made just for you.
Here’s how to find and share your personalized Only You list.
How to find and use Spotify’s Only You feature
You can find Only You in either of Spotify’s smartphone apps for iPhone and Android. Before anything, make sure that the app is fully updated.
1. Open the Spotify app and log into your account if you haven’t already.
2. If you haven’t seen Only You before, it might pop up automatically, or on your Home tab. Otherwise, tap Search at the bottom of the screen.
3. Underneath the search bar, you should see a pop-up labeled Find out how you listen. Tap this.
4. Your Only You list will start playing. Either wait for each page to pass, or tap the right side of the screen to progress.
5. On the seventh page, you’ll be asked to plan your “Dream Dinner Party” – you can select three artists you like, and Spotify will make you playlists of their most popular songs, and songs by artists like them. Tap Add Mixes to Your Library to save the playlists.
6. When you’re done, you’ll be shown every page in the Only You slideshow. Tap Share under any page, and you can send it to a friend or another app.
Over the last decade, several downloadable streaming platforms (also called DSPs) have emerged, including Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, and Pandora. Spotify in particular has made its name as a streaming juggernaut.
But how are musicians faring? For all the benefits that Spotify gives listeners, they aren’t tremendously generous when it comes to paying artists. They also aren’t transparent about how much artists should expect to make per stream.
Many factors affect how much you’ll be paid per stream on Spotify, including where your listeners live, whether they have a Spotify premium account, and what sort of distribution contract you have.
Here’s what you should know about payments on Spotify.
How much Spotify pays per stream
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), paid subscriptions have taken the place of album sales. And if physical sales weren’t struggling enough, the RIAA also reported that the pandemic decreased revenue from physical products by 23%. With that part of their income declining and in the face of industry-wide shutdowns on live events, music streaming revenue has become even more critical for artists.
“This is why rappers make their money through merchandise, endorsements, and features,” 27-year-old New Jersey-based rap artist Brandon Pain told Insider.
This hasn’t always been the case – Spotify’s payout rates have changed over time. In 2014, they paid $.00521 on average, but two years later, the average rate dropped to $.00437. By 2017, the average pay rate had been reduced again to around $.00397, according to artist-rights site The Trichordist.
How Spotify’s streaming royalties work
Royalties are the payments that an artist earns from streams. Spotify royalties are specifically distributed from the net revenue collected from ads and Premium subscription fees.
Artists are paid monthly. When Spotify pays artists, they tally the total number of streams for each of an artist’s songs, and determine who owns each song and who distributes it. First, the rights holders are paid. Next, the distributor is paid (this may be the same as the rights holder in some cases). And finally, you’re paid.
“Each DSP has its payout, and it’s your distribution company’s responsibility to get the correct payout. They help set you up and walk you through how much you’re being paid per stream, and the royalty payout process,” Pain said.
Independent artists and their managers typically use distribution services like Tunecore or Distrokid to get their music onto Spotify. Bigger artists signed to major labels go through an in-house process.
“Now that there are more distribution outlets, that sector of the industry is starting to scale. Meaning the cost is starting to lower,” said Sharlea Brookes-Keyes, manager for Boston rapper Vintage Lee. “Tunecore does 100% royalties [meaning they don’t take any of your streaming revenue], but you have to pay an annual fee of $50 for an album and $10 for a single.”
How to increase how much you earn per Spotify stream
A study conducted by Digital Media Finland in 2017 focused on the pro-rata system used for Finnish Spotify Premium subscribers. This system pays rights-holders according to how their streams hold up against popular songs during a set amount of time.
More popular artists have their music streamed more, which means they earn more. So for artists to obtain more money, they need more streams.
The most surefire way to grow a fanbase, many artists have found, is by releasing music consistently and often. A new magnum opus every year is great, but a sporadic release schedule will mean a smaller pool of listeners.
But other factors can influence how much a musician earns, too.
Not all listeners are the same. Spotify Premium listeners pay more per stream than Free tier listeners. And the pay-per-stream also changes based on what country a listener is from; according to music distributor iGroove, listeners from the US pay $0.0035 per stream, for example, while Italian listeners will pay $0.0019.
The role of Spotify’s 4 billion playlists shouldn’t be sold short either. “Popularity and getting on their editorial playlists are two huge factors,” manager Brookes-Keyes said. “[Vintage Lee’s] song was already hot in the streets and doing relatively well, but when ‘NBA 2k18’ came out [and it was put on the official playlist], her streams grew and are still steadily consistent.”
RapCaviar, curated by Tuma Basa, is one of the most popular editorial playlists. His strategic curation has helped propel artists towards a wider audience and showcased underground music, with Vulture even dubbing it “the most influential playlist in music.”
If artists are on smaller playlists like Mellow Favorites, there’s still an opportunity to move up to a larger, better-known one like Chill R&B. Once an artist makes it to a more notable playlist, it increases the likelihood they’ll gain more followers and more streams.
In 2018, Spotify also introduced their playlist submission tool. The feature gives artists a choice to submit unreleased music to Spotify, for a chance at having that music put on a playlist as soon as it comes out.
Once an artist chooses their track and submits it, they can tailor the song’s settings according to mood, style, genre, type of recording, and more. This helps Spotify decide which editorial and algorithmic playlists your music belongs in and how to introduce the track to more fans.
Spotify has become one of the most popular streaming platforms thanks to its near endless amount of curated playlists.
Personalized playlists like Discover Weekly and Wrapped are different for each user, based on algorithms that track listening habits. Editorial playlists are curated by Spotify employees, who carefully sift through the music library to craft playlists for moods, holidays, and more. Listener playlists are made by users who have complete control of what they add and are offered recommendations based on that.
You can share these playlists with family or friends, or save them to your Library to listen to anytime. You can also collaborate on these playlists with other Spotify users.
But with so many playlists to choose from, it’s easy to end up with a clogged Spotify library. That’s why Spotify makes it easy to delete any playlist.
Just note that when you delete a playlist that others have subscribed to, it’ll only be deleted from your Library – your subscribers will still have it. You can fully delete it for them too by removing all the songs.
SoundCloud lets you share your own music and listen to other artists, whether they’re amateur or professional. It’s a great place to share and discover new music, and it allows you to take deep dives into music that’s unavailable anywhere else.
But if you’re done with SoundCloud, and want to remove all your songs, playlists, and other personal information from SoundCloud, the quickest way is to delete your account.
Just remember that once you delete your account, everything is gone for good. There’s no way to recover music or data from a deleted account.
How to delete your SoundCloud account
You have to use the desktop website to delete your account – you can’t do it from the SoundCloud app.
1. Head to the SoundCloud website and log into your account, and then click on the three dots at the top-right corner.
3. Click on “Settings” to access your account’s settings page.
4. In account settings, scroll down and click on “Delete Account.”
5. When you click on it, you’ll go to the “Delete Account” screen. Here, you’ll be asked why you’re leaving SoundCloud. You can check one of the reasons, or simply click on “Delete my account” at the bottom.
Your account will be immediately deleted, along with all of your songs and playlists.
One of the best things about SoundCloud, and something that differentiates it from competing music platforms like Spotify, is its wealth of underground, experimental, and independent artists and podcasts.
There’s a huge archive of artists and music that perhaps never made it out of the garage or bedroom, but can still reach your headphones through the service.
One of the best ways to enjoy tracks like these and others on SoundCloud is by placing music – whether it’s your own or another artist’s – into a playlist.
You can create a SoundCloud playlist on a desktop web browser or via the SoundCloud mobile app.
How to make a playlist on SoundCloud on a computer
2. Locate the song (or podcast) you want to put on a playlist by either searching with the search bar, or finding a trending or recommended track on the SoundCloud homepage. SoundCloud is also a popular platform for podcasts, which can be added to playlists as well.
3. Beneath each track is a small list of options icons. Tap the ellipses icon for “More,” then click “Add to playlist.”
3. Either add the track to an existing playlist by clicking “Add to playlist,” or click “Create a playlist” to name and create a new playlist, then click “Save.”
After you make your playlist, you can find it and open it by going to your profile and clicking the “Playlists” button. It’ll be right below your avatar.
2. Find the track you want to add to a playlist. You can search for the track, or discover one on the SoundCloud app’s home screen.
3. When you’ve located the track, or while playing it, find the ellipses icon. Tap it, then select “Add to playlist.”
On iOS, a newly created playlist will automatically be set to private. You can change the playlist to public on the playlist page. On an Android, you’ll be given a choice whether to make the playlist public or private when you create a new one in the app.
To find your playlists later and listen to them, tap the icon in the bottom toolbar that looks like three lines. This will bring you to your “Library” page, where you can tap “Playlists & albums” to see all your playlists.
Thanks in part to its dynamic listening and discovery features, Spotify has become one of the most popular ways to enjoy your favorite songs, artists, and more.
Now, Premium members can take their Spotify experience to another level with Group Sessions. Launched in July 2020, the feature allows users to simultaneously listen to the same playlist or podcast from wherever they are via a unique link.
In group sessions, listeners can pick tracks and add them to the main queue running via the device that initiated the session. Anyone invited to the Group Session can listen from their device or listen on yours while controlling it from their own.
A group session can feature two to five users and is available via the desktop or mobile app. And you can choose to leave or end a group session at any time by tapping the appropriate option at the bottom of the page.
If you want a truly shared listening experience, here’s how to launch your own Spotify Group Session.