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Claim: Spotify nearly prevented from entering US by Apple?

updated 11:43 pm EDT, Wed May 30, 2012

Expected 12 weeks to US market took 2.5 years

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek answered a question posed during AllThingsD's D10 conference earlier today, claiming that "Apple was threatened by what we were doing" in regards to the streaming service. The 18-million-user-strong service took nearly two and a half years to complete the deals with record companies, leading to speculation that Apple may have slowed the process.

"There was some indication that was happening," said Sean Parker, Spotify director. "It's a very small industry in a lot of ways, certainly smaller than it was 12 years ago." Parker added, in regards to the timetable for US introduction, "I expected it would take 12 weeks to get Spotify into the U.S."

Ek believes Spotify's advantage over Apple or Amazon is its 700 million recorded playlists from 10 million active users and three million paid users. Spotify has been criticized for failure to fairly compensate independent artists. It is estimated by one of the artists on Spotify that he would need over four million streams per month to receive the equivalent of working full time at a minimum-wage job. The artist suggests the same music would have to be purchased on iTunes or Amazon just 12,000 times for the same compensation.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    When Apple feels threatened

    They will do whatever they can to prevent you from competing. Lawsuits, trade bans, more lawsuits...

    S***** bunch those Apple folk.

    Just ask Samsung.

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    why do you bother wrenchy?

    Do you legitimately want to stay up to date on current apple news? You never have anything remotely neutral or positive to say, which leads me to believe you hang around here to compensate for something, much like a short man's complex.

    I'm just trying to understand why you waste your time. Do the DROID and Samsung fans on other forums dislike you that much that it drives you here so you can make negative comments to make your self feel whole again?

  1. ferdchet

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sour grapes?

    Yeah, I'm thinking this is Spotify just trying to justify their lackluster performance in the US. Everyone was sooo excited about Spotify, then got a trial account and was like "meh." At least that's what their numbers seem to say. Plenty of free services that are better. So either sour grapes or distracting investors from their business model not working in the US.

    Besides, did Apple stop other services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Slacker, etc? I personally think Apple should tell them to put up or shut up.

    Last, I'm wondering why wrenchy is concerned for poor little Samsung, but not for those independent artists that Spotify does not deem worthy of payment. Last I checked, Apple was one of, if not the biggest, customer Samsung has for things like displays and DRAM. Samsung isn't hurting. Sock puppet, anyone?

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969



    These are the kinds of articles that make journalists look really bad. This article was written for one purpose and that was to generate a flame war. The owner of a competing service "speculates" that Apple was behind their late entry into the market. No evidence, no proof, no smoking gun, just words. But an article like this one gives credence to the "speculation." Now this article and others like it spread like wildfire through the tech universe and it suddenly becomes fact. Trolls will begin parroting this article as if Walter Cronkite came down from heaven and handed it to them.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well, it wouldn't be the

    first time a company decided to claim relevance through promoting a "possible" action that "might" have come from an industry leader.
    "Look at me! The big boys don't like me, so I most be hot!"

    The reality may be somewhat more mundane. Spotify doesn't really do much for the artists that the service relies on. Kinda like the walmart of music services.

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