Spotify teams up with Shopify to allow in-app merch purchases

OTTAWA (AFP) – Canadian e-commerce giant Shopify announced on Wednesday a partnership with music streaming giant Spotify that will allow in-app sales of artistes’ merchandise.

The tie-in comes just two months after the Ottawa-based company reached a similar deal with video-sharing app TikTok.

In a statement, Shopify said musicians would be able to connect their Shopify store directly to their Spotify profile, so listeners can buy merchandise on the same Spotify page where they can find their latest music.

Shopify’s Director of Product Amir Kabbara said artistes are increasingly entrepreneurial in building “multifaceted brands and businesses, and now we’re making it easier for them to meet fans where they are”.

With this, he said, “we’re empowering artistes to think beyond the traditional merch table with new ways to monetise, and to experiment with their brands through commerce”.

Spotify employees working at the Berlin office. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG