Led Zeppelin Now on SpotifyAdded: Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Led Zeppelin have agreed an exclusive deal with Spotify – it will include the band’s full back catalog and a free mobile service.
Led Zeppelin’s first agreement with a streaming service was announced as part of a major expansion for Spotify, which now offers a free version of its service on mobile and tablet along with desktop. It has also launched in twenty new countries (including Peru, Chile and Malta). Spotify said that the new feature for its mobile applications allows users to stream songs free of charge supported by adverts in a similar manner to its desktop service. You can choose any artist to listen to their full catalog in shuffle mode or select a personal playlist.
Spotify users are able to shuffle the entire back catalogue of a certain artist. If you are a paying subscriber, you already get an advert-free version, but the Spotify extends its service to mobile, and this is a very popular way to access music online. The company confirmed the users will have access to the entire 20m-strong Spotify catalogue for free using playlists. Almost 50% of mobile listening are people listening to their own curated playlists. Now, with shuffle play, they can play any of those playlists for free. Such exclusives, where one artist or band releases their works on one streaming service, are likely a short-term strategy, because it would be in their best interest to make sure their music can be streamed by as many people as possible on various services.
In the meantime, Spotify faces competition from other mobile personal-radio services, such as Last.fm and Blinkbox in the United Kingdom and Pandora in the United States. Pandora, for instance, has 72.4 million active users, with 80% of its listening is consumed in mobile and connected devices. Apple’s iTunes Radio, which attracted 20 million users in its first month in the United States, is also a rival.
Spotify hopes that its free personal radio on mobile will help users switch to its premium subscription service. On the other hand, it could also spark new criticism from musicians receiving smaller payouts from free users rather than from paying subscribers. The Swedish business says that it has paid $500 million to music industry copyright owners in 2013 only. Nevertheless, it is still criticized by musicians like Thom Yorke, who blamed digital music services for trying to be gatekeepers for music.
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Friday, December 13th, 2013
|This has just brought back the painful reminder that the entire TOOL catalogue is still not available on Spotify.|
However just like Zeppelin I have all of these albums already, its just the convenience that I miss of not having them on Spotify.
Eh, I will pirate anything that Tool puts out. And I never pirate anything else, but a band so pretentious as to think their shit is too good to be put out digitally deserves to be stolen
|posted by (2013-12-16 11:32:57)|
|Led Zepp,I have very nice memory of my Zepp days, seeing this bought back nice thought's of goods times..||
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