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It’s still open season on Spotify US rumours


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We’ll bundle all these into one story. TechCrunch has reported that Spotify’s web-only Unlimited service will cost $4.99 a month in the US, while its web+mobile Premium tier will cost $9.99. This is based on a screenshot of a signup page from the site, although Spotify’s spokesperson tells the blog that “No details are set for the pricing or details of our US service yet – we’re still testing a number of different options”. Separately, Digital Music News is reporting that Spotify has yet to finalise a licensing deal with Warner Music Group, which would make WMG the only major label to have not signed on the dotted line. There’s a time pressure at work here: All Things Digital claims that US labels have been told that Spotify will go live in the US next week, although the company continues to make no comment on a planned date. Moving back to Europe, though, X5 Music Group CEO Johan Lagerlof has been talking about Spotify’s impact in Sweden. “Spotify has had the biggest impact on the Scandinavian music market since the launch of the CD,” he tells Hypebot. “Spotify is currently the biggest single revenue source for the music industry and is estimated to be over 3 times bigger than iTunes in Scandinavia. Despite that, digital downloads grew 17% in Sweden last year compared to 3% in the US. Piracy for music has almost stopped.”

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