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Getting your original music out to the masses has never been easier. Platforms like Spotify and others have revolutionized the way artists share their songs. If you’re a musician looking to distribute your tracks, this is for you. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to release your original songs on major streaming platforms.

1. Perfect Your Song

Before anything else, ensure your song is in its best form. This means high-quality recording, mixing, and mastering. Remember, first impressions last, so make sure your track stands out in terms of production quality.

2. Choose a Digital Distribution Service

To release original songs on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, you’ll need a digital distributor. Some popular options include:

  • DistroKid
  • TuneCore
  • CD Baby
  • AWAL

Each service has its own pricing model and features. A quick search on each one will determine which is the best fit for your needs. This step is easier than it sounds. You can start here.

3. Create High-Quality Artwork

Your song’s cover art is the first thing listeners will see. Ensure it’s eye-catching, relevant to your track, and adheres to the platform’s specifications. Most distributors require a square image of at least 3000×3000 pixels. You can either outsource this step or use an app like Canva to DIY.

4. Metadata Matters

Metadata is the information that accompanies your track, such as the song title, artist name, album name, and genre. Ensure all details are accurate and consistent across platforms. This not only aids in discoverability but also ensures you get credited (and paid) correctly. Each platform will walk you through the process.

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5. Set a Release Date

While you might be eager to release your song immediately, it’s often beneficial to set a future release date. This gives you time to promote your track, create buzz, and potentially get playlist placements. Don’t sleep on this step.

6. Understand the Platform’s Guidelines

Each streaming service has its own set of guidelines. For instance, Spotify has rules about track titles, while Apple Music has specific artwork requirements. Familiarize yourself with your preferred platform to avoid any hiccups during the release process.

7. Promote, Promote, Promote

Once your song is live, the work doesn’t stop. Share your track on social media, send it to bloggers, and pitch it to playlist curators. The more visibility your song gets, the better.

8. Monitor Your Streams and Revenue

Most digital distributors offer analytics tools. Use these to track your song’s performance, understand your audience, and see how much you’re earning.

9. Engage with Your Audience

It’s true. Engaging with listeners via social media can turn casual fans into loyal supporters. Reply to comments! Share behind-the-scenes content, and consider hosting live streams.

10. Keep the Momentum Going

After the initial release buzz dies down, continue promoting your track. Consider releasing remixes, acoustic versions, or even a music video to reignite interest. Use your original music as background in Reels and Stories.


Releasing your original songs on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music can seem daunting, but with the right approach, it’s a straightforward process. By ensuring high-quality production, choosing the right distributor, and actively promoting your track, sky’s the limit!

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