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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.

Features, streaming, spotify

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.

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Oct 30, 2014 10:30 AM

Nick Moorhead

How to Get Your Music on Spotify

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Spotify is quickly becoming the place where big influencers in music go to check out the newest stuff. And with over 40 million active users, having your music on Spotify can be a phenomenal way to get your music in front of new fans. Outside of people who search directly for your music, you can pop up under the "related artists" section of bands with more exposure, or even end up on Spotify radio stations. But how exactly can you carve yourself a piece of the streaming pie? Here's a handy guide to getting your music spinning on Spotify. (Just make sure you don’t upload blank songs, okay?)

Spotify’s Mysterious Royalty System Explained

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This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.


Since its debut in the US in 2011, a lot has been written about Spotify and its effect on artists, labels, and the music industry at large. Many have derided the free streaming music service for its mysterious and seemingly stingy royalty system, while others have championed the easy exposure it can provide for DIY and independent bands. Some artists, including Thom Yorke, have spoken out against Spotify, and others such as The Black Keys have opted to prohibit some or all of their catalogue from being made available on the streaming music service. Meanwhile, artists like Moby seem to have accepted Spotify as a step in the process to the inevitable overhaul of the music industry.

Here Are the Music Services High School Students Use

According to Digital Music News, Niche asked 7,000 graduating high school seniors to rank how often they use nine of the most popular music streaming and download services. Here are the results of the data they compiled: