Spotify wants to offer free mobile streaming, asks industry to lower fees

By Rick
Feb 20, 2013
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  1. According to several "music industry sources", Spotify is negotiating with major music labels to both renew their contracts and, most interestingly, lower their license fees by a "substantial" amount. The report claims that Spotify hopes to offer streaming to mobiles...

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  2. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    Spotify is and has been doing the right thing. all it needs to do is keep it up. once it has its users locked in, it doesn't need to be premium subscribers. for example, I have over 13 hours of music and playlists with spotify, it's like steam, who wants to switch when you have an extensive collection of playlists already in place. what I hope in the future is, with the bandwidth continue to broaden, for spotify to provide FLAC music format for premium subscribers. I have an high end setup at home with audiophile grade amp and hi-fi headphone, it's just screaming for lossless format.
  3. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I have used Spotify since day 1 of opening in the US. Phenomenal service, I just wish to use it on my mobile so that I don't have to transfer songs from iTunes.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    We don't have spotify in my country yet but when we finally get it I'll... Who am I kidding? I've no interest in streaming music.
    BlueDrake and hammer2085 like this.
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    So you have no interest in music then? Strange comment but moving on ... I jumped on board the day it came to Australia and to this day I am a premium user, love it!
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I will probably get Premium if this "free" streaming idea doesnt get through. I would be glad to pay Spotify for trying and caring about us.
  7. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +56

    The problem they didn't seem to think of is the very restrictive caps with mobile. Many prepaid plans only allow like 500M. I suppose people can use wifi, but each play of a song can be 10M on the phone network. I don't think it will fly too far. People are just too cheap to afford 99 cents a song, I guess. When you used to buy a record, it didn't play on every device possible. This is sure a far cry at how my brother bought his songs. He bought the vinyl album, the 8 track, the cassette, the cd, and the mp3s, perhaps for the same artist. The changes are really extreme.
  8. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    The songs are very small to download (using normal quality anyway), I only have a 2GB data plan but I stream music daily and have never come near even half my monthly cap. The way I do it and I suspect most others is to download all the music I want to my mobile device using the home broadband and then set Spofity to offline when I am on the move.

    “People are just too cheap to afford 99 cents a song, I guess”

    What do you mean by that?
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    Who says I don't like music? Contrary to popular belief, jumping to conclusions is not good exercise. I just prefer to buy a physical CD (or LP, seven single. etc.) like I've always done.
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Pirating has really killed iTunes.
  11. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    Really, I thought opposite was true. Pirating music was around long before iTunes.

    Wasn't a conclusion it was a question based on the only information I had which suggested you didn't. Anyway each to their own you are free to buy CD's but expect to be in the minority as services like Spotify make far more sense.
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Interesting, I guess the fear of pirating deters people to iTunes
  13. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    Not so much fear as it is convenience.

    iTunes made it possible to buy any song you wanted for $1 which made pirating for some a complete waste of time (personally I didn't like iTunes and refused to use it). Before iTunes you had to buy an album or single and there might have only been one or two songs you really liked. Of course there were mixed CD’s but ultimately listeners faced the same problem.

    So to recap iTunes was popular because you could buy exactly what you wanted. I see companies like Spotify as the next evolution and today there is just no point at all in downloading MP3’s, you really are wasting your time.
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    I'm not so sure about making more sense but it's more convenient. It will also be more expensive in the long run because of it's convenience. So convenient in fact that you'll (read me) probably end up buying stuff you had no intention of buying. I'll just stick to what I know best. Cheaping out without reverting to piracy. That being said I will give it a try when we finally get it.
  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    1.29 per song isnt that cheap for some people... I liked when songs were $.99 back in the day
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,485   +2,038

    $1.29 for a song??? Jeepers! I remember when full albums used to cost that and it wasn't that long ago.
  17. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Some people dont have that type of money to spend on songs dude.
  18. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 350   +103

    I just really wonder though if people notice, artists don't make all that much per play. It's just small fractions of a penny, also where's the really appealing music? All that it is anymore, is the same old meh stuff rehashed. Movies, games, etc all have better music then I find topping the charts.

    I've gone back to game music, be it remixed or such as an outlet for enjoyment. I'd rather pay for an album on Bandcamp or such, then waste money on Apple's horrible monopoly. Spotify and others don't give enough, that I'd rather donate directly to the artists. Guess I'm part of the "minority" as you say, but really there's so much better than many generally hear.

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