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Yes forward thinking, but that's not enough. Is also has to make a profit. Most professionals can create an interesting service like Spotify if they spend a lot of money as Spotify does, but the key is not to make it "nice" but to make is so both costumers and content-providers are happy.

Helge K.

If Spotify want to "revitalize the record industry and forge a brighter path forward", they need to channel more of their income back to the artists and labels. In my country (Norway), several labels are now discussing if they should withdraw their music catalogues from Spotify, because very little income is generated. The majority of the Spotify users in Norway (600.00 to be precise) are using the free version of Spotify, and they accept the short and few commercials that pop up after they have listened to ten tracks or so. It seems that the income Spotify get from the advertising is too low (or the owners keep too much of it). The labels have calculated that in order to earn the same amount as one CD sale generates, a track must be played 6700 times at Spotify. - From the listener's perspective, hovever, Spotify has been and is a great success here in Northern Europe. More and more people (most of us have high speed broad band at home and at work) just don't care about buying music when they can listen to anything online without paying at all. I doubt that this will continue in the future. I am a struggling music artist mysel. If artists (unless the few that are heavily promoted everywhere by a commercial label) stop earning from their music recordings, why should they compose and share their new music at all?

Mike Pineau

Until I actually see Spotify live here in the US, this is all bunk. So many people want a piece of the pie that Spotify is cutting up, especially with the gluttonous appetites of the US music industry, that there might not be anything left at the end of the day. I'm not sure a service like Spotify can survive stateside without the industry realizing that they need to shift their profit expectations, no matter how "problematic" that they be.


Agree with the above, until they come to the US it's all bunk. And, the only thing Spotify has over MOG and Rdio is a crippled free option, the other pricing is the same.

Luis B

There's already free streaming everywhere. Spotify means nothing.

Go to Youtube for free streaming. Grooveshark. It's endless. Why pay a monthly fee?

Hell, you can even download for free on Youtube via file converter.

Artists are fucked until the Gov't does something about piracy and these illegal sites.

Plus, Spotify pays the artist very little.


Instead of just narrow mindedly taking the side of Major labels attitudes (which have been failing for 10 years now by the way) Why not look at this as something that will impact the industry more IN THE FUTURE, when the numbers online grow to much greater than what they are now?
The majors already lost millions by refusing to make deals with youtube, costing their artists all kinds of income, do you trust their opinions now?
Come on! They have no clue what they're doing.

Do some research on why Spotify is possibly the next big thing in the industry, by for example, watching this video by Nettwerk founder Terry McBride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQOWNU5-nNs

Then you can have something worthwhile to comment about.

Ignorance hasn't gotten you far America, wake up!

Mike Hunt

I agree with Jarome. Using Spotify via proxy from the U.S. made me consider actually paying for music for the first time since I began using Napster in 2000. Even prior to that, music was too expensive and not convenient enough, so I didn't listen to much of it outside of radio.

I am currently paying for Grooveshark since I like the ability to play music on my phone. It's also a nice price point. I'd be willing to pay $5/mo, but Spotify and all these other companies have another thing coming if they think they'll get significant conversion from former file-sharers to a service which charges $10-15/mo. In this economy, $5 is a good price-point, and it's better than what you're currently getting from most people, which is $0.

Honestly, the artists complaining about making money is getting old. You should be doing it because you enjoy it, not because you'll ever make any money from it. If not, there will always be others who will make music, so your complaining is moot.


Last week, there was a lot of news concerning Spotify resulting from some bogus information that was fed to the industry press. I guess some people in the business don’t want to make things easy for them to launch in the US. But why?

Read more here on this here - http://www.themusicvoid.com/2010/08/who%E2%80%99s-afriad-of-spotify/

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