Streaming music service Spotify has finally landed its first US deal, with All Things Digital reporting that Sony has signed on to the service that offers users a set number of hours for free streaming music per month. The service, which has been becoming increasingly popular in Europe over the last few years, has found American labels surprisingly resistant to its charms, reportedly because they worry that offering free access will translate into less digital sales, and potentially upset deals with Apple’s iTunes, which is reportedly considering launching a similar (paid) service.
The Sony deal doesn’t mean that Spotify is planning a US launch anytime soon, despite reports to the contrary. Common wisdom is that the company would need to sign another label before that happens, with most agreeing that Universal Music would be the best choice.
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