According to multiple sources and reports, Spotify will launch in the U.S. this week. Before the launch, it’s worth asking two questions. Will Spotify get tens of millions of registered users – as it has apparently promised potential advertisers it will -- with limitations placed on a free, ad-supported service? And will the enthusiasm seen in the tech community translate to interest in the rest of America?
Spotify is getting lots of buzz, but rights-holders are often dismayed by the microscopic payments they're seeing from the service. In other Spotify news, it gets both positive and negative name-drops from British government officials, and Sony is discontinuing the MD Walkman.
Turntable.fm may or may not have closed a round of funding, but the startup is definitely hot enough to have the rumor mill in overdrive. Co-founder Seth Goldstein has denied the Business Insider report that the company has raised $7.5 million in funding.
Also: Rdio and TELUS create one click billing agreement; The Apple App Store: billions and billions served; Europeans and Americans: not so different after all, says ComScore; Not Enough Infographics? USA Today underwhelmed by Spotify
ArtistData founder Brenden Mulligan has launched a new artist service called Onesheet that aims to give artists a simple, constant web presence free of charge with next to no upkeep. Could it be the next big music space thing?