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How to Increase Your Spotify Followers - And Your Listeners

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Spotify is one of the best ways to get your music heard, but first, you need people who will listen. Sure, you can try to get on Spotify playlists and hope the followers will, ahem, follow. But that’s a bit like putting the cart before the horse, especially when you’re talking official Spotify playlists.

One way you can increase your listeners (and maybe earn a coveted playlist spot) is by attracting more Spotify followers. Below are five ways to do just that.

Is This the End of Freemium for Spotify?

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"Leaked" Spotify numbers emerged recently indicating that the streaming service has just hit 37 million subscribers, which puts more clear water between it and second-placed Apple Music, despite the latter’s recent growth. It also means that Spotify is now nearly 10 times bigger than Tidal and probably Deezer (which hasn’t reported numbers since its France Telecom bundle partnership ended). It's beginning to look suspiciously like a two-horse race.

But there's a more important story here: Spotify’s accelerated growth in Q2 2016 was driven by widespread use of its $0.99-for-three-months promotional offer. Which itself comes on the back of similar offers having supercharged Spotify’s subscriber growth for the last 18 months or so. In short, $9.99 needs to stop being $9.99 in order to appeal to consumers. Which is another way of saying that $9.99 just isn’t a mainstream price point.

Spotify's 'Found Them First': Find Out if You Really Were Among the First to Discover a New Artist

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This article originally appeared on The Daily Rind.


Spotify recently launched a new dedicated site to enable music lovers to see which artists they had listened to before everyone else.

The site, which Spotify is calling "Found Them First," is a standalone site that users can connect to their Spotify account in order to uncover what music they discovered “first.” (Go tastemakers!)

What Are People Listening to Around the World? Check Out Spotify's New Interactive Map

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We all love to travel. After all, how great is it to get a taste of another city's food, sights, culture, and lifestyle? It's eye-opening, insanely interesting, and shows us how wonderfully creative people can be. And we get to learn about what makes each region so unique.

But what if we could also get a taste of each city's music? After all, as musicians, hearing different sounds and musical styles is what inspires us and keeps our creativity flowing. Well... the wait is over! Spotify recently created a musical map of the world, where you can click on any of nearly a thousand cities to hear an up-to-date playlist of the music that is most distinctively enjoyed there.

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Nov 25, 2014 11:00 AM

Doria Roberts

Taylor Swift, Spotify, and the Musical Food Chain Myth

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This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


I cannot tell you how happy I am that the conversation about Taylor Swift and Spotify is happening. Maybe people will start listening to what independent artists like me and my peers have been saying for years now.