Spotify has reached a new milestone, hitting 3 million paying subscribers, up from 2 million in September and 2.5 million in November. The conversion ratio of paying subscribers has also increased, with the new figure representing 20 percent of Spotify's active user base, whereas that ratio was 15 percent last March.
Rhapsody has acquired Napster in Europe, grabbing an instant user-base boost in the UK and Germany, and continuing to ramp up the pressure on streaming darling Spotify. Current Napster subscribers in Europe will be shifted over to Rhapsody's system in March 2012, gaining a new web-based client and mobile apps, but keeping their existing library of tracks and albums.
Details of the draconian music licensing deals Spotify has been forced to agree to by record labels have leaked, amid suggestions that the streaming music service will never be profitable. The terms - which apply to other streaming media services as well, such as Rhapsody - conspire to undermine the streaming companies' negotiating power, GigaOm reports, with such gems as huge upfront payments and payout deals based on the biggest income of either minimum subscriber fees, per-play costs or total company revenue.
Spotify has relaunched Spotify Radio, offering unlimited playback with a free account along with as many track-skips as you like. The updated streaming music service allows listeners to pick any initial artist and then creates a custom radio station of similar tracks, with no subscription account required. If you don't love the current track, you can skip it as many times as you choose.
If you're in to the whole sharing of your entire life, no holding back, and you love music, there's a pretty good chance you're going to like the app known as SoundTracking -- and with their announcement today that not only would they be releasing an Android version of the app, but instant integration with both RDIO and Spotify, you'll be well on your way to a full share and listen experience in no time. What you're working with is an app that was originally just for iOS, but now works perfectly well in the Android world. Snap up a sound byte of the song your listening to to identify it, share it via Twitter or Facebook, and your friends will be able to listen to it instantly - it's as simple as that!
Starting today you're able to pick up the newest version of the streaming music service Spotify for desktop, one that contains access to each of the applications INSIDE the Spotify application that are being launched at the start including Last.fm, Songkick, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, TuneWiki, Pitchfork, Fuse, Soundrop, We Are Hunted, Billboard, and Moodagent. What we're got for your here is a quick tour of what you're going to be able to access should to try out the beta download for yourself, including a look at Rolling Stone and Moodagent as well as Pitchfork. Is this the music discovery ecosystem the music industry has been waiting for? Very possibly!
This week Spotify was revealed by CEO Daniel Ek as being ready to expand with what they call a brand new Music Platform, and with this came a set of new apps made by developers ready to work with Spotify right out of the gate. What Ek had to show off was Spotify working with the first set of apps developed with their streaming music service integrated including LastFM, TuneWiki, and SongKick. What we're finding here is that while these applications are connected with Spotify to stream music, they retain their original abilities to work with music in a variety of ways.
This week Spotify stepped out from the streaming music business into the greater world of the music industry as a platform - third party developers streaming in to work with Spotify to continue to change the world from one where piracy is king to one where people's options to get to that music easily reigns supreme. Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify stepped to the stage with a plan to outline Spotify's backround and mission, their move into social, and their big announcement for the day. What his and Spotify's mission was and is, Ek said, was to find the best solution outside of piracy for getting music to people's ears in as "good for everybody" a way as possible.
Spotify will announce app support, enabling third-party functionality such as music reviews, lyrics, nearby concert information and ticket purchasing to be accessed via the streaming music service's PC and Mac software, at the event later today, according to insiders. App development will be opened up freely to developers, though Spotify will test and approve each before releasing them to users, the WSJ's sources claim; yesterday, it was suggested that Spotify's big announcement today was that the company would in effect become an "authentication layer" between labels, developers and users.
When it comes to the world's single biggest music subscription service Spotify, changes such as opening up to the USA after 2 years of preparation don't come easy - but what they'll reveal this Wednesday may well change their whole outlook by opening up to 3rd party developers. Spotify recently sent out a message that they'd be having a press conference this week, and as All Things D's Peter Kafka notes, the change they'll be revealing more than likely has more to do with how their music is delivered to you, the consumer, than it does with what music and services they'll be providing. It does make sense that they'd be connecting with more services, as their recent deal with Facebook has proven to be more than lucrative for them already. What does this mean for you, the Spotify free service user? Not a whole lot. How about you the Spotify Premium user? Perhaps a new collection of options for places of access!