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Spotify Pre-saves: Everything You Need to Know

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As a working musician, you spend so much of your time promoting your own work and trying to get people to listen to it — let alone actually creating the art itself. There are an unlimited number of things you can do to get fans excited about what’s coming next and potentially reach new ears, but one interesting thing that I don’t see many acts taking advantage of is Spotify pre-saves.

5 Insanely Smart Products That Every Musician Needs in 2019

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Sometimes being a musician can feel like an arms race – there's always new gear, new software, and new instruments coming out. While sometimes the changes are incremental (you might be able to get away for a couple of years without upgrading certain things, for instance), sometimes you can miss a lot.

It's good to remember that although great gear is important – depending what you do, maybe quite important – it can't substitute for great musicianship. If you can't play guitar, a $5,000 instrument isn't going to suddenly make you sound better.

That being said, here's a quick list of five of the latest and greatest products we've seen emerging onto the scene for 2019!

7 of the Best Collaborative Music-Making Apps for 2019

All images via flypaper.soundfly.comA version of this article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

In the last few years, so many collaborative music-making apps have emerged on the market due to recent developments in cloud-storage capacity, faster internet connections, and stronger mobile networks, but also because of the growing fundamental need for artists, producers, and engineers to interact together creatively.

The internet is good at a lot of things, but it stinks at getting us beyond our bubble and interacting with the outside world, so these apps hone in on one of the things the internet is best at: connecting us with an enormous number of potential colleagues from all over the globe. 

Here’s a list of six of our favorite apps that make music collaboration simple, straightforward, and fun, and they each do it in a different way.

Advice for Moving Up and Not Sliding Off a Popular Playlist

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This article originally appeared on the AWAL Blog.

 

Whether it’s A-List: Hip-Hop, mint, Pop Hitlist, or the feeder playlists that help drive them, editorial curation continues to transform music for both artists and fans. (The staff experts and everyday users of Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Tidal, SoundCloud have generated billions of collections between them.)  

Landing on a major playlist creates awareness and engagement around tracks. Previously, we’ve talked about the best tips to get added to a playlist… but what happens after that? Is there a way to help your tracks rise and stay on a playlist longer?

10 Great Mobile Apps That Help Me (and You) Create Awesome Music from Scratch

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

 

For such a long time, I resisted using apps to make music. I thought they must just be crappy, tiny versions of what they’re attempting to emulate (soft synthesizers, DAWs, digital instruments), or lame tools for musicians younger than I. Well, turns out I was wrong.

There are some absolutely amazing apps out there to help you make music on the bus, on the edge of a waterfall, or wherever you are when inspiration strikes. They sound so good, they can do so much, and best of all, they’re all pretty cheap or even free. Even the most expensive one on the below list, the iMPC Pro, is well worth its $25 price tag.