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Daniel Ek ‘would have killed’ Discover Weekly before launch

We reported on Fast Company’s profile of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek yesterday, but the magazine’s website has since posted a longer transcript of its interviews with Ek. One of the illuminating anecdotes about Spotify’s...
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Spotify CEO sees ‘a lot of room to grow’ with ad-funded tier

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has given a rare interview, to Fast Company, in which he manages with aplomb to swerve any controversial statements that might make Spotify’s music licensors cross. Ek does talk up the potential...
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Daniel Ek: Spotify could have been six months from death in 2013

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn’t do that many public interviews, so his appearance at the Slush conference in Helsinki today to talk about his company, the music industry and tech entrepreneurship was notable. Ek took part...
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The significance of Spotify’s 40m subscribers milestone

While much of the music industry’s attention was on Brussels yesterday as the European Commission announced its proposal for copyright reform, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek offered a powerful distraction by announcing his company’s...
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“Did Daniel Ek just say that Spotify is buying SoundCloud?” No.

The dopamine hit from clickbait headlines will do for us all at some point. Nordic Business Insider has picked up on an interview with Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek on TV4 in his homeland of Sweden and suggested that, “reading...
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Spotify reaches 100m active users milestone

Spotify has timed its long-anticipated ‘100m active users’ announcement well: just ahead of CEO Daniel Ek’s appearance at the advertising industry’s Cannes Lions conference. That means the streaming service can enthuse...
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Spotify CEO won’t sell as his company criticises Apple

Spotify is having a week in the headlines for various reasons. Besides our piece yesterday on its axed plan to premium-window the new Radiohead album, there were two more stories on the company’s long-term exit strategy,...
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Spotify now has 30m paying subscribers

Spotify has reached a new milestone: 30 million paying subscribers, having added 10 million in the last nine months. The announcement was unorthodox: rather than a press release or blog post, chief executive Daniel Ek tweeted...
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Spotify CEO says Apple, Google, Amazon ‘don’t like partnering’

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn’t do many interviews, but he spent a fair amount of time yesterday answering questions on Q&A site Quora in one of its “sessions” – its equivalent to Reddit’s Ask Me Anything interviews. Among...
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Daniel Ek says Taylor Swift boosted Spotify profile in US

Spotify’s high-profile dispute with Taylor Swift had a silver lining in terms of raising awareness of the streaming service in the US, according to CEO Daniel Ek. “The middle of America found out what Spotify was, so...
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Spotify publishes ‘plain language’ privacy policy

The recent controversy around Spotify’s privacy-policy update was a necessary wake-up call for the company (and its rivals) to be as clear as possible when explaining how and why certain user data is requested. Late last...
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Spotify updates users on its updated privacy-policy update

Having been burned by a wave of negative press coverage last month about its updated privacy policy, Spotify is sensibly adopting an explain-everything approach about its subsequent moves. Yesterday, it published another...