July 7, 2011

US To Get Spotify Music Service, But When?

Europe's hugely popular music streaming service, Spotify, is finally coming to the United States after months of licensing setbacks and other technical difficulties.

A new headline on the service's website says: "Spotify is coming to the US. The award-winning music service that's taken Europe by storm will soon be landing on US shores. Millions of tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your phone."

The site does not specify an exact date when the service will debut in America, or how much the service will cost. However, Spotify is inviting users to submit their email addresses for notification when the US service goes live.

"We're working hard to launch the service in the US as soon as possible. All we can say right now is watch this space!" Spotify spokesman, Alison Bonny, told the Telegraph on Wednesday evening.

Spotify's US launch has been expected for a while but lengthy negotiations with record labels have pushed launch timelines back. Daniel Ek, founder of Spotify, insisted for most of last year that the US launch would happen by the end of 2010, but talks dragged on far longer.

Spotify announced a deal with Virgin Media that would see the music service integrated with Virgin Media's TiVo service and will also be available to mobile users. It has also been rumored that Spotify will join forces with Facebook to launch a streaming music service integrated with the social network.

Spotify recently announced a $100 million funding round that values the company at about $1 billion.

Spotify, once it debuts in the States, will have to contend with a large array of other music streaming and storage services, including those from Google, Amazon and Apple, Rhapsody and SoundCloud. 


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