June 10, 2011
Spotify USA. On April 1, it was a joke. Now it's getting closer to becoming a reality. Spotify is getting closer to debuting in the U.S. The Swedish-based streaming music company has recently signed an American distribution deal with the world’s largest music label, Universal Music Group. This means Spotify has three of the four largest music labels onboard for a U.S. launch, according to All Things Digital. Launched in October 2008, Spotify has spent the last two years trying to secure deals to bring its service across the pond. With today’s news, its goal is getting closer to becoming reality with only Warner Music Group having yet to sign a deal. While it’s possible Spotify could arrive in the States without Warner that is unlikely. However, if they did, the service could arrive as early as next month. Available in Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK, Spotify offers a “freemium” music service as well as subscription packages starting at $10 per month. With both, users are able to stream music to their computers and phones. The same options would be available for Americans as well. While Spotify is Europe’s only streaming music service of its kind, the same cannot be said in the U.S. In addition to Apple’s recently introduced iCloud service, Amazon and Google have also released pushed streaming services here in recent months. Therefore, Spotify's success in the States is not guaranteed. What do you think? Is there room for Spotify in the U.S.? Let us know by using the comments below.