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  • Is Spotify Finally Coming to America?


    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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is Spotify Finally Coming to America? started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      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.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I had never even herd of spotify until this article.
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      I don't think many people have tbh.
    1. lamper's Avatar
      lamper -
      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!
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      yeah i don't pay either, and I find a lot of stuff I want to listen to I can't find ... :/
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      In the U.S. we have something that does the same job, but better at it: Frostwire :P
    1. hmn11's Avatar
      hmn11 -
      thats what we do in the US, we take other peoples ideas, and run with em :P
    1. RocketshipVirus's Avatar
      RocketshipVirus -
      Is this like Pandora?
    1. zenics's Avatar
      zenics -
      grooveshark!
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      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.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      What is spotify more similar to: Pandora or Grooveshark?
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      hmm..
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      It would be very nice if this FINALLY comes to the US

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

      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      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)
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Omfg! You mean I might get another music streaming service?! Wow. I don't know what I'd do without reception dependent spam radio!
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      I'm curious...what does this do that Pandora doesn't?
    1. hookedonkronix's Avatar
      hookedonkronix -
      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.
    1. Havalito's Avatar
      Havalito -
      Hopefully ModmyI will accept my package, called musicdog .. does basicaly the same as spotify but completly free and without ad's.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Never heard of it
    1. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      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.
    1. ShredNasty's Avatar
      ShredNasty -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherpunk View Post
      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.
      Political correctness is garbage. It does nothing but complicate things and make them more expensive. With your logic, if you had a lawncare service in Washington, you'd be forced by law to provide your service in Tokyo.

      There is no human right to services available by country. Sorry. That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of in my entire life.

      And lastly, the UN forcing record labels to provide their product for free globally? You dream big dude. Real big.

      How bout ya buy some stuff from iTunes, or go townload some dorrents?