Spotify creating Pandora-like service

According to a report released late yesterday by Bloomberg, Spotify, one of the world's leading streaming music companies, is looking to create a new service similar to Pandora. The service would not replace Spotify's current model, however, instead acting as complementary service.

Currently, users can select specific songs, artists and albums they want to play via Spotify's service; in the new service, users would start with a song, artist or genre, and the service would choose other tracks to play based on the user's previous choice, similar to Pandora's service model. According to Bloomberg's report, such a a service is cheaper to run due to lower royalty rates and regulations set by Congress. The service is currently only planned for release in the United States, although it could expand to additional territories later, similar to how Spotify's current service was expanded from Europe to additional territories.

The new service would allow Spotify to play music from artists and labels that currently lack licensing agreements with the company, as the service would be classified as a radio outlet, and radio is governed by federal rules and regulations, unlike Spotify's current service. Artists and labels that don't have licensing agreements with Spotify still wouldn't be playable through the company's current service offering, however. Notable artists lacking licensing agreements with Spotify include The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Adele.

Spotify's new service is said to be eyeing a launch date of later this year. A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment when contacted by Bloomberg.

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This was the feature I felt like Spotify really lacked. Spotify was really cool if you know specifically what you wanted to listen to, but finding new music on it was a bit of a pain unless all you were interested in was the top-100 or new releases.

Zune Pass was neat because I could see other users who were listening to the same tracks I was listening to, and see what else they were listening to. I actually found a lot of great music that way and this is a feature that I haven't seen in any other product.

Glad to see that there are some new features coming to Spotify. Wish they would give their Windows app a facelift. I don't really care for the dark color theme. I also don't really like how Spotify wants to be tied to my Facebook. It just isn't the same as Zune Pass Social. I don't really want my friends on Facebook to see that I've listened to the new Britney Spears 5 times today...for obvious reasons. I liked how with Zune Social I felt more anonymous.

Shadrack said,
This was the feature I felt like Spotify really lacked. Spotify was really cool if you know specifically what you wanted to listen to, but finding new music on it was a bit of a pain unless all you were interested in was the top-100 or new releases.

Zune Pass was neat because I could see other users who were listening to the same tracks I was listening to, and see what else they were listening to. I actually found a lot of great music that way and this is a feature that I haven't seen in any other product.

Glad to see that there are some new features coming to Spotify. Wish they would give their Windows app a facelift. I don't really care for the dark color theme. I also don't really like how Spotify wants to be tied to my Facebook. It just isn't the same as Zune Pass Social. I don't really want my friends on Facebook to see that I've listened to the new Britney Spears 5 times today...for obvious reasons. I liked how with Zune Social I felt more anonymous.


I agree with some of the points you make, but Spotify has had an option to listen to others' playlists, for ages, and there are even websites full of different Spotify playlists, so in my experience, Spotify has been great for helping me find new music. Further, now they integrate with Facebook Music, I become aware of artists that are new to me, through seeing what my friends and subscriptions are listening to.

Regarding Spotify being linked to your Facebook account, you can easily ensure none of your friends see what you're listening to by changing the visibility of those posts to "Only me," in the "Apps and websites" section of the "Privacy settings." Or you could just stop being concerned about what others think of you If you like and listen to Britney Spears, be proud of it

Edited by Calum, Apr 27 2012, 8:24am :

Hmm me no likey.

Sometimes I go from listening to Black Metal to 80's then back to Rock. If I played a Black Metal song it would automatically play other Black Metal songs for me.. pfft. I am a human and I'M in control!

Hopefully nice feature for other folk though

Dan~ said,
Hmm me no likey.

Sometimes I go from listening to Black Metal to 80's then back to Rock. If I played a Black Metal song it would automatically play other Black Metal songs for me.. pfft. I am a human and I'M in control!

Hopefully nice feature for other folk though


I imagine you'd be able to pick a new song to play, then it'd play that song and songs like it for you, just like Pandora. The only difference is it'd take a few clicks every now and then when you want to change the kind of song you're listening to instead of just creating a playlist.

But the current Spotify service will still be available to you, so no worries.

Edited by Anthony Tosie, Apr 26 2012, 4:46pm :