If you’re well connected, or very lucky after submitting an application — you might get an invite to try the beta for Spotify Canvas. Even though it’s almost standard among the mainstream artists, it still (as of writing, 2020-01-31) is technically a private beta and only accessible after receiving a personal invite from Spotify. After you’ve received the invite, you will notice some changes in your Spotify for Artists backend. They’re subtle, but still obvious.
Changes in Spotify for Artists
For all your releases, there’ll be an “Edit Canvas” or “Add Canvas” button available, and under the ‘Music’ tab you’ll see a new metric; views. This should not be mixed up with streams, as it has a completely different meaning.
- A stream is counted everytime someone listens to 30 seconds or more of one of your tracks, on any Spotify-connected device.
- A view is counted everytime someone sees your canvas — meaning they’re on mobile, with the Spotify app open and actively selecting your song.