Spotify is shutting down a beta feature that allows indie artists to upload their own music to the streaming service, the company announced today.
The upload feature was first introduced in beta testing in September 2018, offering U.S. artists an easy way to add tracks and their accompanying metadata to Spotify with just a few clicks.
Artists are being given until the end of the month to transition to another distributor, and will only be paid for streams on their uploaded content through July 2019.
The company says its energies are better focused on the development of features and tools that are unique to Spotify, like tools for playlist submission, for example, or upgrades to its Spotify for Artists dashboard, which is used by more than 300,000 creators.
Spotify believes that music distribution is best handled by partners. This mirrors some artist feedback, that it didn’t make sense to upload directly to Spotify, then have to turn to another distribution tool to get their work on other services.