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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.
Spotify has just been released in the App Stores of the UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Norway and Finland. The app provides an interface to the popular Swedish music streaming service and allows access to their entire catalogue of millions of songs for just £9.99 a month (or approx. $16 USD). Spotify also published a video demonstrating how it works.
Spotify, the Sweedish music streaming service, has submitted an application to Apple for approval into the App Store. Spotify is widely viewed as the potential savior of the music industry and main threat to the iTunes music store, offering millions of songs for £9.99 a month (approx. $16 USD) in an easy-to-use interface. [via BBC]