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Why Spotify's Music Business Won't Play In the US
Published on October 2009
Report Summary
What is Spotify'
Stockholm's Spotify music service has taken Europe by storm
since its launch in October 2008, garnering more than 2 million
subscribers in less than a year. It offers an interesting mix of
features for its subscribers, including:
' More than 4.5 million tracks available for online
streaming. Spotify has negotiated deals with most music
labels that allow it to legally stream their catalogs to customers
running Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux on PCs, as well as to
Android phones and Apple iPhones. Users can create their own
playlists from 4.5 million tracks and share them easily with other
Spotify subscribers, allowing the service to grow virally.
' Peer-to-peer (P2P) distribution from caches. Each client
caches songs as they are streamed and can redistribute those
songs to other subscribers as needed. Users typically configure
their PC caches to be 1 GB or more in size. The caches are
protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM), and the music
in those caches cannot be played outside of Spotify.
' Free and premium subscription business models. A free
version of the service is available in Norway, Sweden, Finland,
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