Scandinavian firm Aspiro has announced its latest interim financials, revealing net sales for Q1 this year of SEK 71.9m (around $10.4m), up 70% year-on-year. The company posted a net loss for continuing operations of SEK 18.7m ($2.7m). For music specifically, Aspiro’s WiMP business saw its revenues rise 177% year-on-year to SEK 49.3m ($7.2m). Alongside the results, Aspiro announced a partnership with Dutch telco Ziggo to launch WiMP there. The company has also hired Espen Lauritzen as ‘temporary head of Aspiro Music’ – at the time of writing it’s unclear what this means for existing music boss Per Einer Dybvik. Separately today, Norwegian telco Canal Digital has announced that more than 200k of its customers are using the WiMP service – out of 700k offered the music service for free a year ago. Aspiro continues to look beyond WiMP’s current business model though: “Aspiro is also planning alternative business models in Music, which will imply a funding requirement in 2012,” says CEO Gunnar Sellæg.

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