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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...
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Spotify says ‘SORRY’ for privacy-policy confusion

You can tell by the all-caps that the company meant it, too: Friday was certainly a day to forget for Spotify, as media around the world piled on to the company’s new privacy policy – despite the fact that it had seemingly...
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Daniel Ek and Minecraft creator Notch debate Spotify privacy policy

The growing row over Spotify's new privacy policy took a new twist this morning, as the streaming service's CEO Daniel Ek ended up in a Twitter debate with another famous Swedish founder: Minecraft creator Markus 'Notch'...
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Apple made its own music videos for Drake, Pharrell, M.I.A.

An interesting detail on how Apple is ensuring exclusive content for its new Apple Music service: it’s making its own music videos for key artist partners. That’s according to Pitchfork, which reports that Apple made...
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Daniel Ek on Taylor Swift, Neil Young, Apple and why the music industry has to “embrace ubiquity”

So you wait months for a Daniel Ek interview and then two show up at once. He’s on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard – conveniently published mere days before Apple’s big announcement today (hem hem). There...
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Spotify to revise its family pricing?

With Apple offering six family members access to Apple Music for $14.99 a month, the pressure is on for other services to match it. (Interestingly, given the margins here, no one seems bold enough to get into a game of price...
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Daniel Ek: “Freemium will make the music industry much larger than it’s ever been before”

Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek rarely does interviews these days but Music Ally’s Stuart Dredge got to speak to him about streaming, freemium and the imminent threat from Apple as it renews Beats Music and takes iTunes away...
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Spotify: Daniel Ek talks freemium, radio, Apple and more (interview)

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek is sympathising with record label executives: even those who have cooled on his company’s freemium business model, and are pressuring him to change it. “I want to understand them. The last decade...
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Spotify hits $3bn of rightsholder payments after $300m in Q1

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...