Spotify, the leading digital music service, is available from today in Germany. We’re very excited to be here.
Spotify is a new way to listen to music. Spotify gives you instant, on-demand access to over 16 million* tracks, on your computer, mobile phone and beyond, so you can enjoy music whenever and wherever you like. Simply search for any artist, album or track and start playing. Create playlists and share music with friends through our integration with Facebook. And Spotify offers a truly free service, which is already loved by millions of users. No gimmicks, no trial period, no catches – just listen and love it, month after month.
Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, out of a desire to develop a better, more convenient and legal alternative to music piracy.
Spotify is now generating serious revenues for rights holders; since our launch just three years ago, we have paid around a quarter of a billion dollars (€200m) to labels and publishers, who, in turn, pass this on to the artists, composers and authors they represent. Spotify is the second single largest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe (IFPI, April 2011), making sure that artists get a fair deal.
Spotify now has more than 10 million active users and more than 3 million paying subscribers across Europe and the US, with Germany becoming the 13th market. With a ratio of over 20% paying subscribers to active free users, Spotify is the largest and fastest growing music service of its kind.
”Germany has one of the most cutting edge music scenes in the world and a passion for music that is second to none; it’s time you were given the music service you deserve.
“Spotify offers everything you could possibly want from a music service; it’s free, it’s fast, it’s easy to share, and with over 16 million songs we have one of the biggest on-demand music libraries in the world. We’re unbelievably excited to be here.”, said Daniel Ek, CEO and founder of Spotify.
And Spotify is social. Music fans can discover, manage and share music with friends through Spotify’s deep integration with Facebook. See what your friends are listening to, then click the play button to hear it too. It’s never been this easy to discover and share music with friends. ”Music is one of the most social things there is, and that’s why we’ve built the best social features into Spotify for easy sharing and the ultimate in music discovery.” says Daniel Ek.
Spotify Apps are new and exciting music experiences built around your music tastes, to help you discover and enjoy even more music. Spotify launches in Germany with ten new local app partners in the app finder: Eventim, Fellody, Motor.de, Interview Magazine, Intro, Festivalguide, VISIONS, laut.de, tape.tv, and Mit Vergnügen.
Spotify offers three great services, from absolutely free to paid subscriptions:
Spotify Free– the unsurpassed, totally free music service. Enjoy free, on-demand, buffer-free access to over 16 million songs* on your computer. No gimmicks. Just listen and love it; month after month after month. Manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your mobile or iPod. With occasional advertising.
All Spotify users enjoy unlimited free, ad-supported music for the first 6 months of their account. After 6 months, limits may be introduced.
Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only €4.99 a month.
Spotify Premium – the all-singing, all-dancing, top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your mobile phone and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just €9.99 a month.
Axel Bringeus, Spotify’s Regional Director for Germany, commented: “This changes everything for German music fans. Spotify is a revolutionary new music service, offering free, simple, lightning-fast access to one of the world’s biggest music libraries. We hope German music fans will love Spotify as much as they already do across Europe and the US.”
Spotify launches with deals in place with all four major labels, and with Merlin and a whole raft of other independent labels.
Spotify’s exclusive launch advertising partners are Bose, the high performance audio products specialist, and Twentieth Century Fox, which will both be launching innovative campaigns in partnership with Spotify in the coming weeks and months.
For more information or to sign up for Spotify please go to http://www.spotify.com.
*Number of tracks licensed globally. Catalogue size varies in each country.