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Apple wants to quash Spotify's chances of a U.S. launch?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 08 Oct 2010 2:52 User comments (4)

Apple wants to quash Spotify's chances of a U.S. launch? Spotify, which has long announced its ambitions to expand to the United States, may be getting quashed by Apple in its efforts, if a Cnet article is to be believed.
The music streaming service has had issues gaining the support of the Big 4 record labels, and Cnet says Apple may be a big part of why.

Because Spotify would be free in the U.S., Apple has been telling the labels that the service would "undermine" the current digital music industry in the nation.

Of course, that industry is dominated by Apple's iTunes Store, which controls over 80 percent of all sales.

The company has also made it clear to the labels that they don't believe that Spotify's model could ever generate significant profits.

Spotify is currently available in seven European countries, but has missed two announced target dates for launch in the U.S. There have been no reported agreements with major labels either, as of yet.

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4 user comments

18.10.2010 3:44

I fucking hate apple, they try to stop technology from growing until they are ready for it to grow with one of their own devices or services



28.10.2010 6:04

I am sure that apple is doing all they can to stop a US launch for spotify, but it isn't like it would really matter...there are tons of spotify-like services for free in the USA; the only reason Spotify isn't here is because they don't want to be here.

38.10.2010 14:25
doomdiver
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I feel sorry for you guys in the. I've tried a load of music streaming services and none compare to the usability and vast library of Spotify. Hope it gets to you sometime soon!

49.10.2010 10:27

Originally posted by KillerBug:
I am sure that apple is doing all they can to stop a US launch for spotify, but it isn't like it would really matter...there are tons of spotify-like services for free in the USA; the only reason Spotify isn't here is because they don't want to be here.
Well if Spotify doesn't make it here, then there's always Slacker and Pandora to fall on. Don't care for the quality, but it's a hell of a lot better than no free streaming service at all.

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