Spotify and record labels in talks over free streaming on mobile devices

By , Feb 20, 2013

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I get literally 90+ percent of my digital music through Spotify. Just ten bucks a month buys me unlimited, high-quality, ad-free streaming. Apple’s à la carte iTunes downloads just don’t stand a chance. But Spotify isn’t the juggernaut of Apple’s calibre so no wonder record labels have limited free streaming to computers and notebooks. That could change now as the Swedish startup is reportedly in talks with content owners over extending free streaming to smartphones and tablets like iPads and iPhones…

The Verge has the story:

Spotify, the popular music subscription service, is due to meet in the coming weeks with its major counterparts in the record industry to renew their licensing agreements.

The Verge has learned that managers at Spotify are expected to ask for substantial price breaks from the music labels as well as the rights to extend its free pricing tier to mobile devices.

The publication also notes these negotiations with the music industry’s big three labels “will likely go a long way to determining whether Spotify reaches profitability”.

One could also decipher this as a pre-emptive move ahead of a rumored iTunes music streaming service that The Wall Street Journal said Apple’s been working on since last year (and analysts concur).

Last we heard, the negotiations between Apple and labels over streaming rights were in a standstill.

The benefits of music streaming are obvious: you could sample full tracks on your iPhone even if you didn’t sign up for a Spotify Premium subscription tier and keep many, many, many more tracks on your device because music files are loaded from the cloud on demand rather than waste your device’s storage.

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All major and many independent record labels have their content on Spotify, including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal.

By December 2012, Spotify had 20 million users: five million have signed up for either the $4.99 a month or $9.99 a month subscription plan and the remaining fifteen million stream lower-quality music for free in exchange for ads.

Spotify earlier this month announced a major expansion of its service, now available in Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Have you tried Spotify yet?

And more importantly, are you a paid subscriber or do you still buy your music from iTunes?

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  • wonderboydave

    jailbroken. Protube+Bridge; Pandora+Pandora Downloader+Bridge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    if apples put is iTunes radio section on the iPhone an ipad its game over..

    • Falk M.

      Not really, I doubt they’d release that for Android.

      • kzshantonu

        Spotify FTW <3

  • RarestName

    That frustrating moment when you don’t have internet connection.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

      Spotify got Offline mode too, so If you have a specific playlist you like, you may choose to save it for offline mode. In case of 3G/4G connectivity loss, it’ll be able to play your songs without a problem :)

    • http://twitter.com/kenziefc kenzie t

      they have offline mode

  • CollegiateLad

    Record labels are always reluctant to try new creative ways to make a buck… I haven’t tried spotify yet. I can’t imagine paying $120 yrly when I have pandora, tunein radio, vevo, etc…

  • http://www.facebook.com/pixels2k Nadine Enidan

    I have been using Spotify ever since it became available in the United States. After using it for about two weeks I became a premium subscriber and have been since then. I get about 98% of my digital music through it, the rest 2% going to Soundcloud. Even if Apple introduces their radio on devices, I will still have Spotify on. I like the idea of playlists, playing my own stuff, not being stuck to a radio station, to ads, and to be forced to listen to whatever is on their spindle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1328808990 Bhuvan Kalra

    Still not available in India. :(

    • http://www.facebook.com/aQuEtIaS Shrey Gupta

      yeah…waiting for this and Netflix

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.sykes.50 Scott Sykes

    Been using Spotify for almost 5 years , premium member most of that time . It’s a no brainer , £9.99 a month for all that music !! Even Led Zepplin are due to stream on it shortly , good enough endorsement to me

  • http://www.facebook.com/jj.schultz.18 JJ Schultz

    I dont understand why people jump to spotify over a rapshody or similiar service. I used spotify but prefer other services. Spotify offers nothing better over rapshody or mog or rdio

    • adam lompis

      I have to disagree, I have tried other music services (ex. rdio, rhapsody, mog) and none of these have the music selection that Spotify has. Just my personal opinion..I listen to just about all kinds of music…I just feel Spotify has more variety and more artists

    • http://twitter.com/purpledodi Jens Tinnerholm

      Spotify is my nr 1 choice since it launched in sweden. Rest is garbage

  • http://twitter.com/southcackalack Lemerio P.

    For someone who listens to hip hop and underground hip hop. Spotify doesn’t really cater to me and similar listeners.

  • http://twitter.com/nAcolz Acolz

    Europe :(

  • http://twitter.com/Konahamarue ElementalXTC

    I don’t get why people would pay to rent music… maybe I’m just old school because I would rather purchase the songs through itunes/amazon and listen to the radio. I do like music locker services, but leasing music seems as crappy as leasing a car.
    What happens when you decide to not use spotify (or any similar services) after 5 years of services, what do you have to show for it?

  • Tobias

    I have tried it When it started at beta version, and lovin it because for à small amount money you got almost all music you want and no waster of space, its always There. The best thing about it is that you can do Offline playlists. So whenever your 3G goes away you still can play it. Greets from sweden