Music Think Tank

3 Reasons Spotify May Never Be the OS Of Music

Spotify UK OfficeAfter the opening and initial success of Spotify's app offering, Sten Garmark, the company's director of platform, was quoted as saying: "We have to turn ourselves into the Operating System (OS) of music.”

On Music Think Tank, Kelland Drumgoole gives 3 reasons why he thinks Spotify may never be the OS of music. Do you agree or disagree?

“If Spotify is to ever to become the OS of Music, it must separate from Facebook or create a version that doesn’t require users to login via Facebook.”

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  1. Disagree. I think a lot of it has to do with the musician ecosystem. We have to eat, and as long as iTunes pays us more than Spotify does, then iTunes will always be around. It’s why Youtube, Amazon, and the App store is so powerful, because of the paid partner/affiliate program.

  2. “as long as iTunes pays us more than Spotify does, then iTunes will always be around” Huh? As long as there are enough people paying for downloads to iTunes. That may well change over the next few years.

  3. If I’m a developer, I’m going to build apps that can generate money. If Spotify can’t afford to pay the artists, how can they split revenue with developers? Until your OS can provide revenue sharing and other money making opportunities, I wouldn’t expect too many people to build things on it.

  4. Agreed, it’s a silly buzzword. I don’t like the idea of it as well. No single company/service should be at the center of all music. Eff that.

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