A new milestone for Spotify yesterday: $3bn of royalties paid out to music rightsholders since its service launched in 2008, with $300m paid out in the first quarter of 2015 alone. Time to look back at the company’s payout announcements in the past: in December 2013 Spotify said it had paid out $1bn since its launch in 2008, then in November 2014 it revealed it had passed the $2bn mark (in CEO Daniel Ek’s blog post addressing the Taylor Swift pullout). Now it’s hit $3bn, so with $300m of that coming in the first quarter of 2015, and possibly another $200m or so in the last two months of 2014, that suggests Spotify could have paid out $500m in the second quarter (so far) of 2015. Needless to say, the milestone’s announcement is timely, with Apple due to unveil its new streaming service on Monday. Meanwhile, watch CEO Daniel Ek’s latest comments on the future of his company travel around the world today: “The only case where we would be interested in selling the company is if someone would offer the possibility of a larger platform,” he told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Facebook or Google would be the obvious suspects for any such offer.

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