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Old Feb 20, 2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Spotify's Free Streaming Music Service May Be Coming to iPhone and iPad




Streaming music service Spotify is reportedly in negotiations to make its free subscription tier available on smartphones and tablets, according to a report from The Verge.
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Spotify, the popular music subscription service, is due to meet in the coming weeks with its major counterparts in the record industry to renew their licensing agreements. The Verge has learned that managers at Spotify are expected to ask for substantial price breaks from the music labels as well as the rights to extend its free pricing tier to mobile devices.
Currently, Spotify Free is only available on computers, with a $9.99 Premium subscription required to access the service on an iPhone or iPad.

Spotify's argument will likely be that it needs this agreement in order to achieve profitability. Despite 5 million paying subscribers and a further 15 million free ones generating ad revenues, Spotify is believed to be operating at break-even.

Streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora have had an uneasy relationship with music labels and artists, with the latter complaining about the extremely low level of payments made for the right to stream music. Several major artists, including Coldplay and Adele, refuse to allow their music to be streamed by Spotify for this reason.

Apple is rumored to be planning to launch its own streaming music service to complement iTunes, but industry sources claim that the company has so far made little headway in agreeing terms with record labels.

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Old Feb 20, 2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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[...] Spotify is believed to be operating at break-even.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 10:17 AM   #3
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Would be nice, I don't mind hearing ads, I just don't want to pay $10/month like I am now and rarely use it while traveling.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 01:28 PM   #4
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I was using a Windows Phone the other day (Lumia) with Nokia Music - it is really great with unlimited streaming and even an offline listening mode. I really want something like this (for free), so hoping this is true! - I know I won't get the offline mode but I have unlimited data so I couldn't give a crap!
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 03:07 PM   #5
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Slacker is the best music service around. Their stations are way better than the others, you can make your own stations, playlists, listen to basically every album and song on demand for $10 a month. They just did a major update to their iPhone app and it is super slick.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 01:38 PM   #6
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sure is a lot of Coldplay here

and I'm listening to it now.
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Old Feb 21, 2013, 02:37 AM   #7
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Great! Now I can quit paying $9.99 every month and get the same features!
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Old Feb 22, 2013, 10:00 AM   #8
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what are ya'll talking about? When did the mandatory FB login start?
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 09:52 AM   #9
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Don't care. The sound quality from all of these streaming services (Pandora, Slacker, Songza, Spotify) pale in comparison to streaming from iTunes Match. Test it yourself. iTunes match sounds A LOT better!
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 09:54 AM   #10
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Don't care. The sound quality from all of these streaming services (Pandora, Slacker, Songza, Spotify) pale in comparison to streaming from iTunes Match. Test it yourself. iTunes match sounds A LOT better!
That doesn't make any technical sense.
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 10:00 AM   #11
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Don't care. The sound quality from all of these streaming services (Pandora, Slacker, Songza, Spotify) pale in comparison to streaming from iTunes Match. Test it yourself. iTunes match sounds A LOT better!
except not? Spotify is in 320kbps, iTunes Match 256 kbps
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 11:10 AM   #12
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except not? Spotify is in 320kbps for Premium Subscribers and 160kbps for everyone else, iTunes Match 256 kbps
Fixed it for ya. I don't subscribe to Spotify. If I ever get a free trial I'll compare it to iTunes Match.

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iTunes Match does not allow you to listen you don't own.

Spotify does, and I use it to check out new music.
I know all the pros and cons. I have used all of the services I mentioned! I find new music using those services, especially Songza. But I end up getting it in iTunes because of the higher quality!

Also I use the integration with Siri A LOT!!
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Old Feb 20, 2013, 11:13 AM   #13
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I know all the pros and cons. I have used all of the services I mentioned! I find new music using those services, especially Songza. But I end up getting it in iTunes because of the higher quality!

Also I use the integration with Siri A LOT!![/QUOTE]

Well to me $10 a month to continually check out new music is worth it - buying everything I try out would bankrupt me.
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Fixed it for ya. I don't subscribe to Spotify. If I ever get a free trial I'll compare it to iTunes Match.

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I know all the pros and cons. I have used all of the services I mentioned! I find new music using those services, especially Songza. But I end up getting it in iTunes because of the higher quality!

Also I use the integration with Siri A LOT!!
theres a free 30 days trial? and itunes match isnt free either
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Surely not having Coldplay on Spotify should be regarded as a bonus feature?
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except not? Spotify is in 320kbps, iTunes Match 256 kbps
Spotify is in 320kbps but it is only using the mp3 format. iTunes Match is using the mp4 based AAC format which is higher quality than the older mp3 format.

Claiming 320kbps without saying what format it is in means nothing when newer formats are available that provide higher quality in smaller sizes. The mp3 compression method is pretty old and dated now.

Additionally you can only get 320kbps mp3 when you subscribe to Spotify premium. The free version is not only in the lower quality mp3 format but also not even 320kbps.
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Spotify is in 320kbps but it is only using the mp3 format. iTunes Match is using the mp4 based AAC format which is higher quality than the older mp3 format.

Claiming 320kbps without saying what format it is in means nothing when newer formats are available that provide higher quality in smaller sizes. The mp3 compression method is pretty old and dated now.

Additionally you can only get 320kbps mp3 when you subscribe to Spotify premium. The free version is not only in the lower quality mp3 format but also not even 320kbps.
Spotify does not use MP3, it uses Ogg Vorbis, so your entire post is invalid.
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I love Spotify I have to say, and recently signed up for their premium service. It means I no longer use the iPod functionality on my iPhone and with a decent 3G data plan with unlimited data I can listen to my hearts content. Also use it on the iPad and the MBA and iMac, it's superb! Well worth £10 per month!!
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Spotify does not use MP3, it uses Ogg Vorbis, so your entire post is invalid.
My mistake but actually Ogg Vorbis is about equal to mp3 in encoding so yes my point is valid.

The point is Spotify is using an inferior compression method. Neither Ogg Vorbis or mp3 is comparable to AAC. So citing 320kbps (Ogg Vorbis or mp3) as if that is comparable to 256kbps AAC is just wrong.

Reminds me of the ignorant people thinking their cheap 10 megapixel camera they bought at the local mall is higher quality than a good professional 5 megapixel camera.

"If it has a higher number then it must be better right???"

Except in this case its even worse because you aren't even comparing the same formats.
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Don't care. The sound quality from all of these streaming services (Pandora, Slacker, Songza, Spotify) pale in comparison to streaming from iTunes Match. Test it yourself. iTunes match sounds A LOT better!
iTunes Match does not allow you to listen you don't own.

Spotify does, and I use it to check out new music.
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I will never use Spotify since a facebook account is a requirement to get a Spotify account (i.e. I will never get a facebook account so no Spotify for me ).
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I will never use Spotify since a facebook account is a requirement to get a Spotify account (i.e. I will never get a facebook account so no Spotify for me ).
https://www.spotify.com/us/signup/open/

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They changed things then. I stand corrected.
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It's hilarious to see that being repeated over and over again. I wish people would read threads.
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It's hilarious to see that being repeated over and over again. I wish people would read threads.
its the twitter generation, ppl only read the headline nowadays
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