Coldplay never did explain why they didn’t release latest album Mylo Xyloto through Spotify and other streaming services. Now manager Dave Holmes has finally spoken out, telling Business Week that “I am very concerned. Spotify competes with download stores.” However, he also confirms that the album will “eventually” make its way to streaming services in time: this is about windowing releases rather than an outright ban on streaming. In the same article, Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun disagrees. “There were a bunch of artists who wouldn’t sell music on iTunes when that first started, and now it’s standard. The same thing will happen with Spotify.” The article comes as Spotify prepares for the end of its six-month unlimited free trial period in the US: from next week, free users who signed up at launch will face the same 10-hour monthly cap as those elsewhere in the world. New signups will still get their six months of unlimited use though.
Coldplay manager says Spotify ‘competes with download stores’
January 9th, 2012 by Music Ally