Spotify Music Streaming Service to Hit U.S. in Third Quarter
Over on the app end of things, streaming music service Spotify has announced that the company is aiming to launch in the U.S. by the third quarter of 2010 per a Bloomberg report. Spotify, which had been slated to appear sometime in late 2009, has been bogged down by licensing issues surely tied to fading confidence in the free ad-supported streaming model. The company has offered free streams as well as a premium paid service, though this hasn’t always pleased major-label content owners with its returns.
The U.S. launch may coincide with the rollout of a revamped version of the product. CEO Daniel Ek told a SXSW crowd earlier this month that a “more connected” edition of the product is on the way, with more social and sharing features. Ek also outlined ways in which the service can serve as a platform for selling tickets and merchandise as well as providing a direct-to-fan communications channel.
The company is also looking to expand into BlackBerry and Palm apps, though Spotify already has iPhone, Android and Symbian apps.
Recently, Spotify has begun to face increased competition as subscription services continue to spring up. In return, Spotify may also have to adjust its own model as content owners’ demands and expectations continue to shift, and Ek has acknowledged that the U.S. model will feature “slight changes” compared to what Europeans currently enjoy. Ek has gone on to insist that the U.S. version will have a free component.