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lameboy
post Jan 9 2009, 14:48
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Hi

Maybe this is old news, but I just read that the new "iTunes-killer" Spotify (http://www.spotify.com/en/ )
uses Ogg Vorbis (q5, ~160 kb/s) for their streaming service.

(reference: http://getsatisfaction.com/spotify/topics/soundquality )

Nice to see that they're using an open source encoder! smile.gif

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post Nov 19 2009, 20:19
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Music Labels Pressure Spotify into Dropping the Free Version in the US
The labels are unconvinced that the ad-supported model can work in the US
By Lucian Parfeni, Web News Editor
19th of November 2009, 16:54 GMT


The online music business has proven a tough nut to crack again and again. Pioneering free service iMeem is more or less dead in its current form and in the process of being acquired by MySpace. Countless others have failed to provide a free music streaming service that actually generates revenue and it looks like Europe's music streaming darling Spotify won't be able to deliver on the promise in the US either.

This has been known for a while, as the service has pushed back plans to launch in the US after concerns that it won't be able to offer a free music streaming service like it does in Europe. And now the major music labels are “concerned” that the free model just doesn't work and it would be unwise for Spotify to launch the same service in the US, as the Financial Times reports (subscription required).

They are right to be worried too, free music streaming services in the US have failed over and over again and the last bastions are closing down too. iMeem is about to be sold with its future uncertain and MySpace Music may stop offering free streaming not too far in the future.

There's just one small glitch in the labels' rhetoric though. While it's true that free services have failed, the reason they have failed has entirely to do with the ridiculous license fees these services have been forced to pay by the very same labels which are now “unconvinced” that the model works. It doesn't get much more hypocritical than that.

The real problem here is that these labels are preventing Spotify from offering US users the same service which millions of Europeans have fallen in love with. It's true that Spotify has been struggling to drive up revenue figures and that ad-revenue alone can't cover its costs, which, again, are mostly due to licensing fees not the actual costs of the service. The company is trying to please the labels, which are pushing for a subscription model in the US, meaning that, for one, people over there will have to wait a little longer for the service, and secondly, they may get a severely crippled free version if they get one at all.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Music-Label...US-127467.shtml


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- lameboy   Spotify uses Ogg Vorbis (q5)   Jan 9 2009, 14:48
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE Hi Maybe this is old news, but I just read ...   Jan 9 2009, 15:09
- - Synthetic Soul   I got an invite through today. Is anyone using th...   Jan 9 2009, 20:35
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE I got an invite through today. Is anyone usi...   Jan 9 2009, 20:54
|- - kerminen   Why haven't I seen more fuzz of this superb se...   Apr 19 2009, 13:20
|- - soundberg   QUOTE (kerminen @ Apr 19 2009, 13:20) Inv...   Apr 20 2009, 22:47
|- - PHOYO   Spotify is really nice! I use it daily. Groov...   Apr 20 2009, 22:57
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE It's so easy and convient to use, it is ...   Apr 21 2009, 06:41
|- - Miramis   QUOTE (HotshotGG @ Apr 21 2009, 07:41) 1....   Apr 24 2009, 21:06
|- - krmathis   QUOTE (HotshotGG @ Apr 21 2009, 07:41) It...   Apr 25 2009, 20:30
- - donnie   Doesn't have a native linux client, although r...   Apr 21 2009, 09:06
|- - kerminen   QUOTE (donnie @ Apr 21 2009, 11:06) Doesn...   Apr 21 2009, 09:19
|- - donnie   QUOTE (kerminen @ Apr 21 2009, 08:19) EDI...   Apr 21 2009, 09:41
|- - kerminen   QUOTE (donnie @ Apr 21 2009, 11:41) QUOTE...   Apr 21 2009, 10:14
|- - hybris   My impression is that the sound quality varies qui...   Apr 21 2009, 11:36
|- - kerminen   QUOTE (hybris @ Apr 21 2009, 13:36) My im...   Apr 21 2009, 12:28
|- - hybris   QUOTE (kerminen @ Apr 21 2009, 12:28) You...   Apr 21 2009, 12:35
- - odyssey   I have tried Spotify and must say i'm very imp...   Apr 24 2009, 21:31
|- - kerminen   QUOTE (odyssey @ Apr 24 2009, 23:31) I ha...   Apr 25 2009, 00:15
- - m0rbidini   I'm trying the paid version and I like it alth...   Apr 25 2009, 03:50
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE It will be. This is good news. Right now I...   Apr 25 2009, 17:14
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE Just like how many of us disagree and think ...   Apr 25 2009, 23:26
- - m0rbidini   HotshotGG, it's mostly because of licensing / ...   Apr 26 2009, 17:18
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE HotshotGG, it's mostly because of licens...   Apr 27 2009, 13:48
|- - hybris   QUOTE (HotshotGG @ Apr 27 2009, 14:48) QU...   Apr 27 2009, 14:23
- - Miramis   QUOTE Bumping up the bitrate June 25, 2009 Provid...   Jun 25 2009, 22:01
- - HotshotGG   That's the way a service should be. That's...   Jun 26 2009, 13:18
- - kerminen   Spotify has been approved to iPhone: https://www....   Aug 31 2009, 04:37
- - Nuthen   Is there any Classical available for streaming?   Aug 31 2009, 05:46
|- - filR   QUOTE (Nuthen @ Aug 31 2009, 06:46) Is th...   Aug 31 2009, 07:12
|- - kerminen   QUOTE (Nuthen @ Aug 31 2009, 07:46) Is th...   Aug 31 2009, 16:41
- - PaJaRo   First say thanks for showing me spotify, really ni...   Aug 31 2009, 14:29
|- - odyssey   QUOTE (PaJaRo @ Aug 31 2009, 15:29) First...   Aug 31 2009, 15:29
|- - PaJaRo   QUOTE (odyssey @ Aug 31 2009, 16:29) One ...   Aug 31 2009, 15:57
|- - odyssey   QUOTE (PaJaRo @ Aug 31 2009, 16:57) Have ...   Aug 31 2009, 19:10
||- - PaJaRo   QUOTE (odyssey @ Aug 31 2009, 20:10) I tr...   Aug 31 2009, 23:00
|- - Rokkaz   QUOTE (PaJaRo @ Sep 1 2009, 01:57) Thanks...   Sep 2 2009, 05:54
|- - PaJaRo   QUOTE (Rokkaz @ Sep 2 2009, 06:54) QUOTE ...   Sep 2 2009, 13:57
- - PaJaRo   I just find an open source client for spotify it i...   Aug 31 2009, 16:46
- - Miramis   QUOTE Music Labels Pressure Spotify into Dropping ...   Nov 19 2009, 20:19
- - HotshotGG   QUOTE This has been known for a while, as the serv...   Nov 20 2009, 14:37
- - Gag Halfrunt   Disturbingly, one of the people at AVGuide (TAS...   Nov 20 2009, 18:07
- - RonaldDumsfeld   Well I've amazed myself by starting to pay for...   Feb 23 2010, 23:24
- - kerminen   According to CEO of Spotify Europe, Spotify will b...   Aug 28 2010, 17:31
- - kerminen   I just noticed something that might be interesting...   Oct 3 2010, 09:07
- - Miramis   Upcoming changes to Spotify Free/Open   Apr 16 2011, 07:05
- - kerminen   Spotify opens today in the US. http://www.spotify...   Jul 14 2011, 20:29


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