The web is abuzz with the full text of an email sent by Sean Parker to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in August 2009, and it makes for fascinating reading. “Facebook has been in partnership discussions with various companies to fully integrate music download with the Facebook profile. Most of these deals would have resulted in the wrong user experience and I’ve done my best to stop them where they didn’t make sense,” wrote Parker. “In particular, there’s no way that iTunes could enable theright experience on Facebook. Business development teams have a bias for working with the top player in a given market, especially when they don’t understand that market. Unfortunately, partnering with iTunes would not only have created thewrong user experience, it would have had disastrous consequences for the emerging digital music industry.” He went on to say that: “Ever since Napster I’ve dreamt of building a product similar to Spotify… What’s clear is that the labels never quite understood the way people really consume/share/experience digital music. And they couldn’t admit to themselves that this behavior pattern wasn’t changing anytime soon.” And much more.

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