Beatspend app: how to make your own Spotify listening receipt

It’s that time of year again when we all remember what happened in 2022, and for many music fans, that includes the playlist of a lifetime. Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music recognize this kind of nostalgia, of course, and have long offered features like Spotify Wrapped and Apple Music Replay. However, there is still room for many third-party developers to come up with their own unique flashbacks.

One of the best we found this year is Beatspend, an iPhone app that connects to your Spotify account and displays your yearly listening habits in a unique way: as proof of how much you’ve contributed to artists (in royalties) throughout the music you’ve streamed this year.

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How to use Beatspend to create a Spotify account

Even better, the Beatspend app is free and very easy to set up. That is how:

Step 1: Download Beatspend on your iPhone from the App Store. You can also use the app on your iPad or even an Apple Silicon Mac, but you’ll have the best experience on your iPhone.

Beatspend in the iPhone app store.
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Step 2: After the app finishes downloading, select Open from the app store page.

Step 3: Choose Sign up via Spotify from the bottom of the home screen.

Beatspend login screens on iPhone.
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Step 4: Choose Continue to authorize Beatspend to log in with the Spotify app.

Step 5: If this is your first time signing in to your Spotify account with Beatspend, select I agree to give the app permission to access your Spotify data.

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Step 6: You should see an overview of your Spotify “spend” – the amount Spotify has paid in royalties to artists on your behalf for the music you’ve been listening to.

Step 7: Choose generate the end to display a full screen account view, ready for a screenshot.

Step 8 – Beatsend doesn’t have built-in sharing features, so you’ll need to capture it. This will save it to your photo library, and from there you can share it just like any other photo.

Step 9: When you’re done, simply close Beatsend. The app does not save your Spotify login or other details. If you want to create another account, just open it again and follow the steps above to sign in to your Spotify account again.

Does Beatspend work with Apple Music?

Sorry, Apple Music fans. Beatspend is specifically designed to work with Spotify. In fact, you need a Spotify account just to run the app.

Regardless, Apple Music users can still take advantage of the Replay 2022 service’s auto-generated playlists. While it’s not as good as seeing a digital receipt, it’s constantly updated throughout the year to showcase your greatest hits, so it should give you a good idea of ​​your listening history by now.

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