All Things Digital, which has been tracking Spotify’s licensing efforts in the US, is reporting that Sony Music Entertainment has signed on the dotted line. What’s more, the article claims that the terms include both free paid versions of Spotify – although the free one is for a limited number of hours a month, matching the Spotify Open offering in Europe. Neither company has commented publicly on any deal as yet, and there is no news on the progress of negotiations with the other three major labels. Speculation on what the roadblocks are continues to fill the void – take your pick from concern over cannibalisation, a desire for huge upfront advances, and behind-the-scenes pressure from Apple.

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