October 12, 2017:Spotify launches iOS app for musicians

Spotify has launched a new mobile app, but this one has a very specific group of users in mind: musicians.

The Spotify for Artists app goes live today for iOS, with the music-streaming service promising that an Android version will follow “really soon”.

The company is describing it as “a one-stop shop to track your new music as it goes live, control your presence on Spotify, and learn more about your listeners”.

Features include the ability for artists to update their Spotify profiles from their phone: from changing their current ‘artist’s pick’ and updating their playlists to editing their biography.

(The latter is only a recent feature for Spotify: in September it announced that artists could now edit their own bios on the service, rather than being stuck with the biographies it licensed in from metadata firm Rovi.)

Spotify for artists app

The Spotify for Artists app will also provide artists with real-time stream counts for their new music, for a limited time at least.

“For the first week after your new release, the Spotify for Artists app will update instantly, every time someone pushes ‘play’, so you’ll know exactly how many times your new single, EP, or Album has been streamed,” explained a blog post this afternoon.

The app will also function as a mobile window in to Spotify’s analytics dashboard for artists, showing data including listeners, streams and followers, including gender, age and location breakdowns.

Artists will need to be verified on Spotify to use the app, which joins similar apps from music companies including Kobalt, Sony/ATV and BMG, although some of those apps focus on songwriters rather than artists.

Stuart Dredge
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