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Spotify's Sean Parker claims Apple tried to prevent their US launch

By Shawn Knight
May 31, 2012
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  1. A director at Spotify claims that Apple tried to prevent them from entering the US market. Sean Parker says that Cupertino felt threatened by their presence and that he got...

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  2. sure they did buddy... go on...
     
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    Let me guess, you own Apple products?

    iTunes a is a huge cash cow for Apple, and more importantly they were the ones who actually got the labels on board. That was always the biggest obstacle. Why shouldn't they use their influence with the labels and others to prevent a rival from entering the marketplace? And why shouldn't they feel that others are going to be building upon their hard work?

    I would actually be surprised if they didn't try to block them, rather than trying to do so. Are you actually going to tell me that Apple got where they are by being nice guys who always play fair? They're #1, you think anyone gets there in any sort of honorable or righteous fashion?
     
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    yeah, no kidding. This should really only be news if Apple HADN'T tried to stop them. Getting to the top involves a lot more than just a great product. You need marketing, a strong legal team, good govt lobbyists, and a touch of ruthlessness.

    (why does TS always call Apple 'Cupertino' the 2nd time they're mentioned in a story? Is Apple really on par with national capitals?)
     
  5. "yeah, no kidding. This should really only be news if Apple HADN'T tried to stop them."

    I think I'd much rather know something about the **** they try to pull rather than not.
     
  6. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    No real surprise that Apple tried. They do anything they can to protect their wallets.
     
  7. I like APPLE products but $1 or more for a song is insane. Paying $9.99 a month for Unlimited songs from Spotify is right on the $$. It's one of the first monthly services I have ever paid for. I always said if songs were like .10 or so per song like some illegal overseas services I would of bought them. I never paid for a MP3 but $9.99 for high quality unlimited music is more realistic. They need to realize if you make realistically priced legal services people will pay. I think APPLE was just trying to protect their cash cow but I'm sure they knew its a rip off so they couldn't stop Spotify. I think the movie industry will be next in the coming years.
     
  8. exactly, I don't doubt at all apple tried to intimidate spotify. itunes is where apple makes a huge portion of their money. and spotify for the price of one cd on itunes you can get hundreds of thousands on your mobile. that being said, itunes is better in the way if you have att in the west, or verizon in the east and dealing with spoty service, spotify will cut out and/or not work at all.
     

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