1. Wiley John Wright's Avatar

    Music streaming service Spotify has a strong following in Europe and is planning to launch in the United States by the end of the year, if they can make a deal with the major record labels. Negotiations are ongoing, but no agreement has yet to be made. Spotify is a free music streaming service that generates income via advertising. A paid premium service is also available that letís users enjoy music without advertising, and have access to the iPhone app.

    Although a US launch is greatly anticipated, record labels have doubts that Spotify will ever generate significant profits. Apple is also said to be talking with record labels, arguing that Spotifyís free music service would significantly hurt download music sales. Appleís position is that itís hard to sell something others are giving away for free. With the decline of music sale worldwide, Apple wants to maintain its position as market leader.

    Free music services like Spotify have had difficulties getting licensing deals in the past. Recently, Apple removed the Gooveshark music-streaming app from the App Store after receiving a complaint from the Universal Music Group. Fortunately, Gooveshark is still available online, but it will be some time before iPhone users can access the site.

    With Apple deeply entrenched and Google gearing up to launch itís own music service, there seems to be little hope that Spotify will ever launch in the US. I hope Spotify is able to secure the licensing deals needed to launch in the coming months. I would love to start the New Year listening to music for free on my iPhone with Spotify.

    Source: Cnet
    2010-10-08 10:06 AM
  2. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
    You know you guys in the u.s have everything, I'm still waiting for a netflix like service to come to the UK. I mean I do use spotify now and again but honestly it's not all that great.
    2010-10-08 10:18 AM
  3. Rob2G's Avatar
    I had never even herd of spotify until this article.
    2010-10-08 10:29 AM
  4. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
    I don't think many people have tbh.
    2010-10-08 11:05 AM
  5. lamper's Avatar
    You can't listen to spotify on your iphone for free, you need to pay a subscription to use that functionality, but it does let you listen off line!
    2010-10-08 11:23 AM
  6. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
    yeah i don't pay either, and I find a lot of stuff I want to listen to I can't find ... :/
    2010-10-08 11:24 AM
  7. Halten77's Avatar
    In the U.S. we have something that does the same job, but better at it: Frostwire :P
    2010-10-08 12:12 PM
  8. hmn11's Avatar
    thats what we do in the US, we take other peoples ideas, and run with em :P
    2010-10-08 12:33 PM
  9. RocketshipVirus's Avatar
    Is this like Pandora?
    2010-10-08 01:15 PM
  10. zenics's Avatar
    2010-10-08 01:36 PM
  11. zoso10's Avatar
    and Google gearing up to launch itís own music service
    Yeah even if Spotify does come here it'll get tossed to the side while everyone uses Google, besides everyone is so accustomed to Pandora, Grooveshark, or even Last.fm I doubt it'll catch on.
    2010-10-08 01:41 PM
  12. AUZambo's Avatar
    What is spotify more similar to: Pandora or Grooveshark?
    2010-10-08 03:09 PM
  13. hitman10's Avatar

    Fish are friends, not food!
    Neither is Slow Internet.
    2010-10-08 03:15 PM
  14. coolguy742's Avatar
    It would be very nice if this FINALLY comes to the US

    For the record I cant stand Last.fm Pandora or grooveshark

    In the U.S. we have something that does the same job, but better at it: Frostwire :P
    Frostwire and Limewire FTW man (torrents are still better though lol)
    Last edited by coolguy742; 2010-10-08 at 03:21 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
    2010-10-08 03:21 PM
  15. ShredNasty's Avatar
    Omfg! You mean I might get another music streaming service?! Wow. I don't know what I'd do without reception dependent spam radio!
    iPhone 4 to Android directly back to iPhone 4. I learned my lesson and will never leave iOS again.
    2010-10-08 03:57 PM
  16. soulthoughts's Avatar
    I'm curious...what does this do that Pandora doesn't?
    2010-10-08 04:52 PM
  17. hookedonkronix's Avatar
    Pandora is just an Internet radio. It plays random songs and you can hardly find the songs you want to hear. Spotify is like Grooveshark, they allow you to listen to the song youve searched for. You can also create a playlist. Of course the best places for music are Pirate Bay and Frostwire.
    2010-10-08 05:25 PM
  18. Havalito's Avatar
    Hopefully ModmyI will accept my package, called musicdog .. does basicaly the same as spotify but completly free and without ad's.
    2010-10-08 06:36 PM
  19. EskimoRuler's Avatar
    Never heard of it
    2010-10-08 07:51 PM
  20. cypherpunk's Avatar
    Spotify should be forced to allow streaming internationally, and the record companies should have the clauses that restrict streaming by country invalidated, as they are a violation of the human right to nondescrimination.

    They can't do this anymore than a store owner can refuse someone service just because they're black or (as in this case) just because they're American.
    2010-10-08 10:03 PM
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