Everything You Need to Know About Digital Service Providers (DSPs)

Whether you’re an artist or a label owner, you’ve more than likely heard the term “Digital Service Providers” or “DSPs” tossed around a bit. If you haven’t then that’s fine! We’re here to explain what it is in detail.

What is a Digital Service Provider (DSP)?

A Digital Service Provider or DSP is a term used to describe a retail store, such as iTunes, as well as a streaming provider, such as Spotify. We refer to this term to encompass both types of services but may at times use the term retailer, partner, and/or streaming provider to describe the type of partner we’re speaking about.

Now that you know what a Digital Service Provider is, let’s chat about the different types that you will come across trying to find the perfect fit for your music.

Apple Music/iTunes

Many people mistake Apple Music to be the same exact thing as iTunes as they are both owned by Apple but they have some major differences.

iTunes is a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc. It is used to play, download, and organize digital audio and video (as well as other types of media available on the iTunes Store) on personal computers running the OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The iTunes Store is also available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Apple Music is a music streaming service developed by Apple Inc. Users select music to stream to their device on demand. The service includes the curated Internet radio station Beats 1, the blog platform Connect that allows artists to share their posts, photos, videos and tracks with fans, and Radio which incorporates some aspects of iTunes Radio. Apple Music provides music recommendations based on user’s taste and is integrated with Siri voice commands.


Spotify is one of the biggest streaming platforms in the world. The platform provides digital rights management–protected content from record labels and media companies.

If you’re thinking that Spotify is the right partner for you, you must first must own the rights to the material and ensure that there are no samples that aren’t uncleared. Then from there, you simply register with us and we’ll take care of the rest!

As for as playlists go, Symphonic loves to collaborate with artists who have new tracks out there! Click here to learn about how you can increase your plays and exposure on Spotify.


Beatport is one of the leading EDM stores in the industry. They have created stars from Deadmau5 to Afrojack and continue to bring content from many talented record labels and artists.

Beatport only accepts dance music. If your material does not fit the genres that they carry then it will not be able to be sent. Tips and tools on selling your music on Beatport can be found here.


VEVO is one of the largest brands in the world and a leading outlet to showcase music videos to the masses. Vevo hosts music videos from both Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment syndicated on YouTube and its website, with Google and Vevo sharing advertising and similar benefits.

For VEVO, it will take at least a week on average to get a brand new VEVO channel created by VEVO. We recommend that you submit your video at least two weeks prior to the release date. The earlier you get us payment, the metadata form, artist photos and artist social links the better.

For information on all other providers, please visit our Help Desk.

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