If there is one thing I love about England, it’s the girls with the accents. But if there are TWO things I love about England, it’s the fact that the girls with the accents love MY accent! But if there are THREE things I love about England, it would have to be the accent thing and SPOTIFY.
For the Americans who don’t know. Spotify is sort of like Pandora only you can listen to artists entire albums, or even catalogs. Its awesome and we don’t have it here because of issues with the major labels, but that all is about to change now that Spotify has signed with Universal. According to Mashable.com :
All Things Digital is reporting that the European streaming music service has inked a deal with UMG. That means Spotify now has deals with three of the four major labels: UMG, EMI and Sony. Warner Music Group has yet to get out a pen, but All Things D says it’s close, which means that the service could finally be coming to the U.S.
What’s the holdup? The U.S. record companies are reportedly not overly enthusiastic about Spotify’s “freemium” business model, where the company gives away ad-supported music in hopes of signing paying subscribers to its ad-free version. That premium service lets users choose and replay their music.
Still, Spotify started cutting back on free music in May, requiring users to pay for deeper access, so the company is clearly open to compromise.
It seems rumors have been swirling about Spotify nonstop lately, with folks speculating that it would partner with Google for a cloud-based music service (it didn’t) and that Facebook is interested in teaming up (it’s probably not).
This recent deal can’t be confirmed with Spotify as the company never comments on such deals, but it doesn’t seem out of the question. All four major labels recently signed licensing deals with Apple for its iTunes to the Cloud and iTunes Match services, which seems to indicate that the majors are opening up to the ways of the digital age (iTunes in the Cloud is free, and iTunes Match costs around $25 per year). Still, Apple has a lot more clout than Spotify — to say the least.
It’s been slow going when it comes to bringing Spotify to the U.S., and with plenty of longstanding competitors already in the ring, we’ll just have to wait and see what kind of impact it makes if/when it arrives