Rumour: Spotify may launch next week in US

Earlier this week Neowin reported that Spotify would finally be coming to the U.S. Today we have learned that it may be coming quicker than previously expected and is rumoured to make its debut next week.

The Wall Street Journal have reported that Spotify have informed the executives of the record labels that it plans to launch in the middle of next week. Universal Music Group, Sony Music and EMI have all agreed to the streaming of their content on the service.

Sources close to the matter assure us that the rumour is true, however Spotify haven’t yet given any confirmation about the date, nor about any upcoming date of release.

The Swedish company became well known in Europe for their service, which provides music streaming. The basic service allows the user to listen to 20 hours of music, which tops up 5 hours each week however once the hours are gone, forces the user to move to a paid service. Previously a user could insert an invite code and be given unlimited music for the cost of nothing however due to an overuse of the codes, which caused the company to not profit, they were forced to revamp its pricing and removed said feature.

With movie streaming services doing very well in the US, it’s a good choice by Spotify to start providing their service there. It appears Americans enjoy using streaming services and this will surely give them the great music streaming service that they’ve been waiting for.

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I was invited to spotify, the paid for a month then went back to my invite only free acc. THEN they made paying a must, so I dont use it anymore

As a current USoFAil spotify user, i'd be willing to pay any price for this service, I love it to death... there is nothing like it and sure in hell won't move to anything else.

BobThe1337Builder said,
As a current USoFAil spotify user, i'd be willing to pay any price for this service, I love it to death... there is nothing like it and sure in hell won't move to anything else.
spotify is the only the thing usa dont get, feel yourself lucky

Spotify U.S. means Europe to get shafted

... it now seems likely that Spotify will launch in the next couple of weeks with some of kind of Facebook deal in place. Which is great for my American friends, but not so great for me and my fellow Europeans.

The first reason is pricing. According to TechCrunch the subscription options in the U.S. will be the same as they are in Europe. Except it'll be a lot cheaper, with £5 magically becoming $5 in the U.S, £10 becoming $10. Granted, this is is hardly an unusual step because the U.K. and Europe always get stuffed on price, but that doesn't make it any more acceptable, Spotify!

Then there is the fact that the U.S. is such a vast country with so many potential paying customers that I can't help thinking Spotify's focus will almost wholly shift to that territory, leaving us European users as second-class citizens. Again, this is nothing new, but remember how loyal we've all been while you're working for the Yankee dollar, Spotify!

Lastly, and this is the one that could spell disaster for the company, is the possibility that the influx of American users that will surly flood the service as soon as it launches could overwhelm the servers and cause problems for users on both sides of the Atlantic. Spotify has managed to deliver a solid and dependable service up to now, but bringing the U.S. into the equation will test its capabilities to the limit.

Spotify U.S. - Good for Americans, bad for Europeans. Probably.

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alexalex said,
Spotify U.S. means Europe to get shafted

... it now seems likely that Spotify will launch in the next couple of weeks with some of kind of Facebook deal in place. Which is great for my American friends, but not so great for me and my fellow Europeans.

The first reason is pricing. According to TechCrunch the subscription options in the U.S. will be the same as they are in Europe. Except it'll be a lot cheaper, with £5 magically becoming $5 in the U.S, £10 becoming $10. Granted, this is is hardly an unusual step because the U.K. and Europe always get stuffed on price, but that doesn't make it any more acceptable, Spotify!

Then there is the fact that the U.S. is such a vast country with so many potential paying customers that I can't help thinking Spotify's focus will almost wholly shift to that territory, leaving us European users as second-class citizens. Again, this is nothing new, but remember how loyal we've all been while you're working for the Yankee dollar, Spotify!

Lastly, and this is the one that could spell disaster for the company, is the possibility that the influx of American users that will surly flood the service as soon as it launches could overwhelm the servers and cause problems for users on both sides of the Atlantic. Spotify has managed to deliver a solid and dependable service up to now, but bringing the U.S. into the equation will test its capabilities to the limit.

Spotify U.S. - Good for Americans, bad for Europeans. Probably.

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I see no reason to believe that European users will get shafted, beyond the pricing, which we are surely all well used to by now.

The population of the EU is over 500 million. The US is vast, yes, but it's not that vast.

Spotify and the people behind it are not stupid, if they're going to open up a new market with potentially hundreds of millions of users, they'll have plenty of new server capacity ready (most likely in the US, I would imagine) - but don't forget that Spotify isn't just direct-access, there's a lot of P2P going on as well.

tomjol said,

The population of the EU is over 500 million. The US is vast, yes, but it's not that vast.

And thats just the EU... Europe as a whole is over 700 million