Music streaming service agrees landmark deal with world’s premier distributor for
Over one million further tracks to be made available to Spotify users
Spotify, the recently-launched subscription and ad-supported music streaming service,
is thrilled to announce a major music deal with CD Baby, one of the world’s first and
largest digital distributors of independent music.
CD Baby represents over 175,000 independent artists and the new licencing deal
– the first to be signed since Spotify’s launch last October – means users will gain
access to over one million new tracks, reinforcing our long-term aim of giving music
fans the biggest and best music experience on the planet.
CD Baby, which joins Spotify alongside Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Music,
Warner Music Group, Merlin and The Orchard, specialises in both distribution and direct
sales of physical compact discs and digital music downloads from independent musicians
directly to consumers.
Since 2003, CD Baby has been a leading digital aggregator of artist-controlled
music recordings, distributing content to hundreds of online digital music services.
Independent artists represented by CD Baby include Colin Hay, Gary Jules, Stan Ridgway
and Joe Purdy.
Daniel Ek, founder and CEO at Spotify, says: “From day one we wanted to create a
catalogue with the widest possible choice for our users.
“CD Baby gives us access to the world’s most immersive independent music catalogue
and brings us even closer to our dream of gathering all the world’s music in one place.
Welcome on board!”
Spotify will provide further detail of the new artists added to the service once we
begin adding content over the next few weeks.
Spotify is an innovative digital music service offering music fans instant access to a
world of music. Spotify enables on-demand streaming of audio content and aim to
be a better alternative to music piracy by offering a superior user experience,
while monetising licensed content with both an ad-supported, free-to-the-user model
and a premium, paid model. Spotify brings fans closer to the music and artists they
love, and provides a marketplace for additional products such as live events, music
downloads and more.
For more information please contact the Spotify press office at
alternatively telephone +46 (0)709 79 22 07.
About CD Baby
Established in 1998, CD Baby is one of the largest sellers of independent music
on the Web and provides physical, digital, and mobile distribution services. CD Baby
has sold over five million CDs to customers worldwide and has paid over $100 million
directly to its musicians. Relationships with physical distributors and one-stops such
as Super D, Ryko, and ADA enable CD Baby to provide a vast array of physical distribution
opportunities in addition to its mail-order operations.