European readers must be well aware of Spotify – a service that offers free ad-supported music streaming service in their geography. The company is learned to have been working on ways to expand their reach and be available outside Europe in places like United States for a long time. That has now become a reality now with the signing of a partnership between Spotify and Sony Music that will give the former access to all of Sony’s catalog of music in the United States. The terms of the deal are said to be pretty similar to what the company has in place in Europe.
Spotify is now expected to woo more labels and sign deals with them before they can finally launch in the American market. The negotiations are expected to consume a significant chunk of time in 2011. Nevertheless, once this is done, Spotify will finally be available for those of you in USA.
Spotify – the massively popular European music streaming service is only days away from launching in the United States market. According to a report on the New York Post, the company will be signing a deal with Sony Music in the next few days that should pave the way for Spotify to start becoming accessible to the American customers.
Spotify operates on a freemium model that lets consumers access ad-supported music for free while also allowing them to pay $10 a month for ad-free access. This business model of giving music away for free has caused a lot of backlash from record companies who see this as a pill to failure in the long term.
While one music executive confirmed the imminent deals claiming, “Spotify is launching in the US, for sure. They’ve got the deals now“, an official statement from Spotify read,
“Negotiations are progressing well, but [we have] nothing to confirm at this stage.”
We hope it is only going to be days before we hear more positive developments on this front.
Now since Spotify is presently not available in most parts of the world outside Europe, you may have to wait for an invite to register if you are from elsewhere. However, if you are from a country like UK, you can start listening to streaming music from the free ad-supported Spotify application or alternatively, also pay up £9.99 every month for an ad-free music streaming service.
Users outside Europe have been anxiously awaiting the launch of this service in their regions and the service is expected to launch at least in USA by the end of this year. Can’t wait to see how Spotify is adopted by the Windows Mobile toting users in Europe for the moment though.