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Spotify Reportedly Adds 3rd Major Label, Universal Music, To Fan Club.

  • June 10, 2011 5:33 pm

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “Spotify is this close to launching a U.S. service.” We’ve heard it many times over the last couple years. But now such a tale is closer to truth than ever based off of a new AllThingsD report which claims Spotify has already or will soon close a deal with Universal Music. That brings the total of major American music labels on board with Spotify to 3. The remaining holdout, Warner Music Group, is said to also being involved in ongoing talks with Spotify, though nothing has been officially hammered out just yet.

Two years ago Spotify was “the” cool new service for mobile and music. Fast forward to the here and now and you’ve got half a dozen different services from Amazon, Apple, Google, and many more that offer the same features for lower prices. Needless to say, it remains to be seen how well Spotify will take off once they do officially launch.

iPod Syncing And Wireless Playlist Syncing (Sans Subscription) Comes To Spotify!

  • May 4, 2011 6:47 am


As the last couple of years have progressed, Spotify’s once alluring image on on U.S. market has waned somewhat due to constant delays in launching as well as several similar services springing up. That’s not to fault Spotify though. The blame lays solely on the music industry and their unlimited greed. But that’s a conversation for another day.

What is important to share with you today is that European Spotify users now have access to a a couple new and exciting features, namely iPod syncing and wireless playlist syncing without needing a subscription. The former is handled within a new “Devices” pane within the locally installed Spotify app. The latter is handled on iOS and Android devices within the Spotify mobile app, which again, is now available to non-premium users. Pricing is as follows:

  • 10 tracks for €9.99 or €1.00 per track (£7.99 or just under 80p per track)
  • 15 tracks for €12.99 or €0.87 per track (£9.99 / 67p)
  • 40 tracks for €30.00 or €0.75 per track (£25 / 63p)
  • 100 tracks for €60.00 or €0.60 per track (£50 / 50p)

The new features will automatically hit users in the form of a new update dropping today. And to think, we were just beginning to come to grips with the fact that we’d probably be OK without Spotify in our lives…

Spotify Denies Video Streaming Rumors.

  • April 29, 2011 11:20 am

Earlier rumors stating that European-based music streaming service Spotify was in the latter stages of rolling out a video streaming service aren’t true, according to Daniel Ek, co-founder of Spotify. Ek goes on to say:

No it ain’t true. Media these days are funny. Soon I’ll be reading that Spotify is launching a space rocket.

Of course, the public denial isn’t a guaranteed ending to the video streaming rumor. Spotify could simply be trying to douse some water on the fire in hopes to keep the cat in the bag a little longer.

Curveball: Spotify Announces Plans To Stream Movies. Various Movie Studios Already On Board.

  • April 28, 2011 5:26 pm

Spotify has been in the news on and off again over the last couple years in regards to their U.S. music streaming debut. While that aspect of their business is still very much in progress, a newer development recently revealed has the European streaming service launching a movie streaming service sometime this fall. The company as reportedly already acquired the necessary licensing/deals from several movie studios paving the way for a very compelling service — consumers will be able to stream movies much sooner than they would be able to on Netflix and other similar services, and as such, will cost more. We know a few people who would rather spend more money up front to see a movie once than wait for a lesser fee.

As stated before, the believed launch date is sometime this fall (with perhaps a simultaneous launch of the music streaming service), though no specific date has been officially announced. TechCrunch is reporting that the movie deals are global meaning no staggered launches — a good thing for consumers. Maybe just maybe if Spotify can get their foot in the U.S. market’s door with movies they’ll be able to push their music streaming endeavors along. We can hope…

Spotify Still MIA With No Launch Date In Sight.

  • April 27, 2011 8:57 pm


We’ve talked about how awesome Spotify is time and time again in that it’s business model has the potential to be a game changer in the streaming music business. And yet a solid 1-2 years after the original plan to move stateside was made public, we’re still left wondering when Spotify will actually launch.

Spotify Continues Inching Closer To U.S. Launch As They Woo Universal.

  • February 24, 2011 6:50 am

The U.S. launch of popular European music streaming service, Spotify, continues to inch closer as new reports from Reuters claim a deal with Universal is “close”. A release is said to be only “weeks away”, though we’ve heard such time frames numerous times before only to be let down time and time again.

If Spotify can woo Universal, it will leave Warner Music Group — the last and 4th major music label in the U.S. — as the sole outside. Speaking of which, it is rumored that Spotify could and would launch without WMG’s library of music if needed.

We have to cut Spotify some slack. Launching a music startup in the digital age is a tough gig to pursue. Thus far, Spotify is claimed to have scored $100 million in funding valued at ~$1 billion. While it doesn’t guarantee success here in the States, it’s certainly a much needed boost for the European startup.

The only topic that keeps coming back, however, is just how important is Spotify now that other competitors such as Last.fm, Pandora, iheart radio, Slacker, and others have had time to mature? If Spotify can finally stick to a timely launch schedule, we may just be able to answer that question ourselves very soon.

Spotify Inches Closer To U.S. Launch With New EMI Deal.

  • February 18, 2011 1:32 pm

After last months announcement from Spotify that a deal had been signed with Sony, music streaming aficionados began getting excited. Finally we were beginning to see some progress on an innovative music streaming service that had been promised to us for many months. As we look onwards in 2011, it’s been well over a year since Spotify originally announced plans to tap the U.S. market. Unfortunately thus far, greed on behalf of the major music labels has stalled Spotify’s efforts. But those efforts are finally being rewarded.

Today, Spotify is expected to announce their latest deal towards getting their services up and running in the U.S. — this according to a statement from the WSJ. What this means is that Spotify only has two more major music labels — Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group — to woo before we can all enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Of course, now that the U.S. has had no less than half a dozen reputable streaming services blossom and mature over the last year and half, is Spotify as much of an item as it once was?

Last.fm To Begin Charging For Mobile Access.

  • February 7, 2011 10:09 am

Users of Last.fm in the U.S. UK, and Germany will have some hard choices to make in the near future. Popular music streaming service and Pandora competitor, Last.fm, has announced that the aforementioned countries will now have to pay extra for mobile access and Last.fm usage on desktop/laptop devices. While the move to a pay-to-play scenario has already been enacted in many other places of the world under Last.fm’s reach, the U.S., UK, and Germany remained free of charge.

While we understand that the freemium model doesn’t always work and that Last.fm has to make some changes in order to make money, the added price isn’t justified. Take for example competing (and much better) service, Spotify. This non-U.S. music streaming service also allows playlist creation, downloading of content to local drives, and gives users the ability to choose the play order of songs.

Hopefully Last.fm follows the $3/month charge that is shared in other countries. Because if it is $5+, I can see quite a few defecting to other services that are either cheaper or offer more features for the money.

Users of Windows Phone 7 devices and Xbox Live will still be able to enjoy Last.fm for free, as will web users. None of these portals will see any price addition.

Spotify Signs Deal With Sony. More Labels Still Needed For U.S. Launch.

  • January 21, 2011 8:29 am


The quest for Spotify music streaming services in the U.S. just inched a little closer to reality today. Sources of AllThingD’s Peter Kafka have stated that Spotify just recently closed a deal with Sony in the U.S. market, finally putting to rest countless rumors over the last several months indicating such a deal was actually being hammered out. While good news for Spotify hopefuls, the road is still long and treacherous. Sony is but one label in a country with 4 major ones controlling most of the mainstream music market. Other things to consider that can/will hold up a Spotify U.S. launch date include the costs associated with marketing, advertising, further deals with smaller business labels, etc. But hopefully now that Spotify has a foot in the door, other labels will follow Sony’s lead.