How to use Spotify Codes to share your music

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Spotify rolls out a cool feature that makes it easier for you to get fans listening to your music on the streaming platform.

Just the other day I was thinking about a solo touring scenario where I’d need to travel light, real light — like one-change-of-clothes and no-merch light.

That got me wondering about the best way to ask people in the audience to access my music on their preferred streaming service. Spotify might’ve just introduced a solution: Spotify Codes, “a brand new way for users to share any track, artist, album, or playlist available on Spotify, as easily as taking a picture.”

Spotify Codes: using them to share your musicThink of it like the Spotify equivalent of a QR code that your fans can scan on their phones to quickly access your tracks, albums, or playlists. Spotify Codes are now available worldwide for Android and iOS.

There are probably dozens of good uses for these codes, but here’s a basic list of options:

1. Bring some prominence to your playists

Playlists aren’t always as easily searchable on Spotify as artists, albums, and song titles. Sometimes playlists won’t appear in a search at all until they have a certain amount of followers. That means that someone would have to go to your artist discography page on Spotify first, then scroll down to see what playlists you’re featuring on that page. Spotify Codes gives you a much simpler way to make sure fans are finding and following your playlists.

How to use Spotify Codes2. Share Spotify Codes on Instagram

Since Instagram makes it hard to link followers to external URLs, you can share a picture of your Spotify Code, ask fans to take a screenshot, and then they can link right to your music.

3. Display a Spotify Code at your merch booth (or from stage)

Tell the audience to take a picture of the code and they can blast your tunes in the car ride home.

4. Keep an image of your Spotify Codes in your camera roll

Then you’ll have an easy way to share your music when you’re face-to-face with someone who wants to check out your tunes. They can take out their phone, open up Spotify, and scan the image right off your screen.

5. Print a Spotify Code on your concert posters

And on your flyers, business cards, one-sheets, etc. If the artwork catches their attention, you might be able to entice them to start listening to your music right then and there.

How to access and share a Spotify Code

  • To find a Spotify Code, click on the ellipsis (“…”) next to the artist, song, album, or playlist you want to share.

Using Spotify Codes

  • Once you do, the code will appear at the bottom of the artwork.

Spotify Codes for musicians

  • Click on the artwork with the code.
  • Save the image to your camera roll by clicking “Save to Photos.”

How to use Spotify Codes

  • Share away!
  • Be sure to tell your fans that all they need to do is open Spotify and find the camera icon (located next to the search bar).

How will use Spotify Codes? Let me know in the comments below.



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  • Annie Dickinson

    Is there any way for artists to see how many people have used their Spotify code?

    • That’s a great question, and I don’t know the answer. A quick Google search didn’t reveal anything, but I’ll have our digital team reach out to Spotify.

  • Yes, it’ll work the same way.

  • Damian Enemark

    Awesome! is there an easy way to get a hi-res version of the picture code to use on a poster?

    • Not sure. I guess if you take a screenshot you’d want to incorporate the code so it’s not a large element on the poster, huh? Please lemme know if you find a way to get a hi-res image.

  • I think these codes look great, and are good starting point (if only for Spotify.. but the QR code is more universal, and can be used for more than just simple URLS to websites. You can use a QR code to actually link to a spotify playlist, or an important blog post, artwork, geocaching, selling tickets, and more. And for most people, it asks little of the device to scan them.

  • Hi Katie,

    Sure. Thanks. Please just add credit and a link back to the original. (Or list the canonical URL if you have that option).

  • Within Spotify, there’s a camera icon next to the search field. The user — once they’ve taken the screenshot on their phone — would just click that camera icon, and then select the option to choose a photo from the camera roll/saved photos.

  • And I dig your usage! ; )