Current Music Unlimited members are eligible for three months of Disney Plus free of charge.
The promo is only available to new Disney Plus subscribers.
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Amazon is bundling free trials of Disney Plus with its Music Unlimited service, giving subscribers access to a ton of streaming movies, shows, and songs for one low price.
New Music Unlimited subscribers can get six months of Disney Plus for free when they sign up for Amazon’s music service. Meanwhile, current and returning Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can get three months of Disney Plus for free. Once claimed, you have until July 2023 to redeem the offer, but it’s limited to new Disney Plus subscribers only.
An Amazon Music Unlimited subscription starts at $8 a month if you’re a Prime member, or $10 a month if you don’t have Amazon Prime. Disney Plus normally costs $8 a month, so the promotion can save you up to $48 in subscription fees.
After your free Disney Plus subscription ends, your plan will automatically continue for $8 a month unless you cancel. You must keep your Amazon Music Unlimited subscription active in order to maintain the offer.
Click “Get Started” and log in to your Amazon account.
Enter your payment information to sign up for Music Unlimited if you’re not already a member.
New subscribers will get six months of Disney Plus for free while current or returning members will get three months free.
Amazon will email you a link to sign up for Disney Plus with the free trial.
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What Is Amazon Music Unlimited?
Amazon Music Unlimited allows subscribers to stream over 75 million songs, which is a huge step up over the two million songs that the company offers to all Prime members through its free Prime Music service.
This subscription costs $8 a month if you’re a Prime member, or $10 for non-Amazon Prime users. New this year is HD streaming for no extra cost. Music HD offers lossless audio tracks in CD-quality or higher. Music Unlimited is available on several devices including iOS, Android, and the web. The service is tightly integrated with Amazon’s Echo devices.
Who qualifies for free Disney Plus?
This promotion is only available to new Disney Plus subscribers. Once you receive the link for your free Disney Plus trial, you have until July 12, 2023 to redeem your subscription.
Olivia Rodrigo’s hit single “Driver’s License” is the newest addition to Spotify’s Billions Club playlist, an initiative launched by the company “to celebrate the world’s most listened to tracks and the artists behind them.”
The playlist released in late May includes every song with over 1 billion streams on Spotify, a benchmark currently met by 167 songs. For context, more than 60,000 new songs are uploaded to Spotify every day.
Spotify said members of the growing club receive a silver plaque that takes inspiration from the “iconic framed record” award given to artists when a song or album is certified platinum or gold.
The Billions Club serves as a who’s-who of the highest-earning artists, featuring pop singers Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, and Post Malone, as well as Vance Joy, Bad Bunny, and Foster the People, among others.
While some of the music industry’s top players are breaking into the Billions Club, smaller artists are asking the streaming platform to raise its streaming royalties.
Streaming represents over half of global recorded music revenue, according to Spotify’s “How the Money Flows” video explainer, and Spotify accounted for more than 20% of recorded music revenue in 2020, a company spokesperson told Insider.
Spotify, which has 155 million paying subscribers, generally pays between $.003 and $.005 per stream. Artists need about 326 streams to make $1, and 1 billion streams equals roughly $3 million in royalties.
The Union of Musicians and Allied Workers, a group of more than 27,000 members of the music industry, are calling on Spotify to increase its royalty payment to at least a penny per stream.
In response to recent pressure, the Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek launched the company initiative Loud and Clear to “shed light on the complicated economics of music streaming.”
According to the site, 13,400 rights holders are making over $50,000 a year – the median salary in the US – from Spotify streaming royalties. Rights holders who made more than $100,000 per year totaled 7,800, while 1,820 made more than $500,ooo per year, according to the site.
Competitor SoundCloud announced this March that the platform will pay artists royalties based on overall listening time through “fan-powered royalties” as opposed to the “pro-rata” system commonly used.
In April, Apple Music said its streaming royalties pay double what Spotify pays. Both platforms, though, calculate royalty rates on a streamshare basis, not a per-stream basis. As Spotify explains, it calculates “streamshare by adding up how many times music owned or controlled by a particular rights holder was streamed and dividing it by the total number of streams in that market.”
The World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized agency within the UN, last month released a report investigating the economic and legal considerations facing artists in the digital music marketplace. The report included a comparison of streaming royalties across platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, and more, and found “royalty payments are both unsustainable and out of balance compared to the value transferred to the streaming services.”
A Spotify spokesperson told Insider the royalty pool paid to music rights holders from Spotify has grown by 50%, while the number of artists generating $10,000 or $50,000 has grown by more than 80% since 2017.
“That means the number of artists achieving these levels is growing significantly faster than the overall size of the royalty pool, which we think is great for the industry and is enabling even more artists to make a living from music,” Spotify added.
Every year, Spotify releases a few special playlists that auto-generate based on your tastes. They’re fun extras that let you share your unique tastes with friends and even discover new tracks.
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One of the most popular of these playlists is the Pet Playlist. Based on musicology research and a pet-focused survey that Spotify conducted, the Pet Playlist generates a list of songs that you’ll enjoy, and your pet might too. The playlist’s songs are picked according to what kind of pet you have and their personality.
Here’s how to make a Spotify Pet Playlist, and get jamming with your small friends.
How to make a Spotify Pet Playlist
You can do this on your computer or phone, but it doesn’t use the actual Spotify app.
1. In an internet browser, head to Spotify’s Pet Playlist homepage and click Let’s Go. If you haven’t already, you’ll be asked to log into your Spotify account.
2. Pick what kind of pet you have, and then click Next. You can choose a dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.
3. Use the sliders to describe your pet’s personality. You’ll have to pick between Relaxed or Energetic, Shy or Friendly, and Apathetic or Curious.
6. Finally, type in your pet’s name and – if you like – upload a picture of them.
7. Spotify will take a moment to generate your playlist. Once it’s done, click Listen Now to start playing it. You can also click the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram icons to share a preview of your playlist on social media.
Once you click Listen Now, the playlist will be saved to your Spotify Library so you can easily find it again.
Wait for a digital code to be sent to the email address linked to your Best Buy account.
Once your trial ends, your Apple Music subscription will auto-renew for $10 a month. It’s not clear how long Best Buy’s promotion will be available. It started back in May 2021, and is still running now.
It’s an easy and rare chance to snag an extended Apple Music trial, so don’t miss out.
SoundCloud is an online audio streaming and music sharing platform founded in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2007.
The interactive nature of SoundCloud allows creators – from musicians to podcasters – to connect with listeners and fans through its various sharing tools. That includes a feature SoundCloud is perhaps most known for – its popular commenting feature. It allows users to share their thoughts on specific moments in an audio stream, which are then visible by anyone who listens to the track.
What you need to know about SoundCloud
SoundCloud is available online and for iOS and Android devices, and the basic version is free. Here’s everything else you need to know about SoundCloud.
How much does SoundCloud cost
While anyone can sign up and use SoundCloud at no-cost, there are advanced features that will require a monthly subscription.
The first premium tier on the platform for users is SoundCloud Go, and it costs just $4.99 a month. With SoundCloud Go, users can save an unlimited number of tracks for offline listening and enjoy an ad-free listening experience.
SoundCloud Go+ is the next level up. For $9.99 a month, subscribers enjoy all the benefits of SoundCloud Go plus higher quality audio and access to SoundCloud’s full catalog.
For creators, there’s the option of SoundCloud Pro Unlimited. SoundCloud Basic allows you to upload three hours of audio content and access to stats like the number of track plays and likes.
But SoundCloud Pro Unlimited offers even more listener statistics, unlimited audio uploads, opportunities to monetize and distribute audio tracks across other platforms, and more. SoundCloud Pro Unlimited costs $12 a month if you sign up for a yearly subscription or $16 for month-to-month billing.
How to use SoundCloud as a listener
Go to SoundCloud.com or download the SoundCloud app and create an account. You can do this by entering your email address and choosing a password or signing up via your Facebook, Apple, or Google account.
To edit your profile, click your display name on the top right of the screen, then click “Profile.” Upload a header image and profile image to personalize your page. To edit your display name or profile url, click the “Edit” button underneath the header image. Here, you can also add or edit your bio and note your full name, city, and country if you’d like. Click “Save changes” when you’re finished.
To start listening, navigate to the “Discover” page by clicking the “Home” tab to see what’s trending or search for specific content using the search bar. Comment, like, and repost tracks you like; these options are all found underneath the waveforms of individual audio tracks.
You can create playlists by clicking the “More” button, then click “Add to playlist.” Click the “Follow” button under an artist’s name to follow their new tracks, playlists, and reposts. These will appear in your “Stream” tab alongside the tracks you upload and repost. Your likes and playlists live in the “Library” tab.
How to use SoundCloud as an artist
Using SoundCloud is a bit more involved for creators, as there are many tools at your disposal to share your work and grow your audience.
To upload a track to SoundCloud, click “Upload.” You can drag and drop files into the upload box or choose files to upload from your computer. Consider setting the privacy for your audio track by clicking “Public” or “Private.” You can also choose to enable downloads for your track and add or change track information.
The SoundCloud Creator Guide offers a comprehensive look at all of the tools and resources available to artists to help them get the most out of the platform. It includes tips on optimizing SoundCloud tracks to make them easy to find, instructions on how to share your SoundCloud tracks on social media and embedded players, and more.
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.
Shares of Spotify Technology climbed 6% on Monday as the audio-streaming company announced plans to expand in 80 new markets, targeting one billion users worldwide.
The Swedish company will nearly double its presence in parts of the world including Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, as part of a “sweeping expansion.”
Spotify outlined its plans during a streamed event on Monday, which included appearances by Billie Eilish and Barack Obama, among others.
In a statement after the event, the company said it is seeking to grow its footprint in untapped markets. It also plans to add 36 languages to its platform.
“So as we enter new markets, we’ll accelerate the discovery of more genres like K-Pop, reggaeton, and amapiano that have earned a place in the global music arena,” the company said. Amapiano is a genre of music that emerged in South Africa.
Spotify, which already operates in 93 countries or territories, said it plans to collaborate with local creators and partners to expand its music offerings and “deliver a Spotify experience that meets the unique needs of each market.”
The audio-streaming company has 345 million users, yet fewer than 20% come from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, Bloomberg reported.
Another major announcement was Spotify’s offering of new tools for podcasts to earn money beyond advertising revenues.
Spotify has been far outpaced by movie streaming services such as Netflix due to the complicated nature of securing music rights.
Spotify is trading 2.33% higher, at $373.08 as of 2:58 pm ET Monday.
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.