Music site spotify ends direct uploads

Spotify is shutting down its upload beta program only a year after its launch. The program was launched to allows independent artists to load their music directly onto the platform for free.

The feature was however met by criticism with many saying that it as it effectively lets artists bypass traditional digital distributors when uploading to and collecting royalties from the streamer. 

Spotify announced on Monday that it now plans to put that responsibility back into the hands of its distribution partners.

“The most impactful way we can improve the experience of delivering music to Spotify for as many artists and labels as possible is to lean into the great work our distribution partners are already doing to serve the artist community,” the blog post reads. “Over the past year, we’ve vastly improved our work with distribution partners to ensure metadata quality, protect artists from infringement, provide their users with instant access to Spotify for Artists, and more.”

Spotify, which cites feedback from artists in the beta program as reasoning for the shutdown, will cease accepting new uploads through Spotify for Artists at the end of the month.

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