Spotify Just Found a New BFF: Beatport

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Spotify might be staring at a huge problem: disaffected – and highly-vocal – indies.

But for all of those considering an out, there seem to be just as many that want in.  And thanks to a recently-sealed partnership, electronica-focused Beatport is about to deliver lots of those labels and artists right to Spotify’s doorstep.

Last week, Digital Music News reported that Beatport was planning a major expansion into digital distribution, based on tips from several sources.  On Tuesday afternoon, Beatport not only confirmed that expansion, but also confirmed a distribution partner list that includes Spotify, Rdio, iTunes, Stompy and itself.

That means an infusion of new DJ and electronica content for everyone in the network, with others soon-to-be-announced.  Beatport is widely considered the top download destination for DJ and electronica content.

The distribution company will be called Baseware, with a focus on emerging artists, producers, and labels.  The Baseware site is now live at, and a big splash will be happening at the Amsterdam Dance Event on Thursday.  “Beatport represents some of the finest electronic dance music, artists and labels in the world, so we’re thrilled to partner with Baseware to be able to offer this exceptional content to Spotify’s millions of users all over the world,” said Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer of Spotify.