Spotify executives say Apple delayed their entrance into the U.S.

Spotify executives say Apple delayed their entrance into the U.S.
The D10 conference always leaves us with a few interesting nuggets of information that otherwise wouldn’t come to light. Streaming music service Spotify was asked about their much-delayed entrance into the United States after a successful European debut, and whether or not Apple played a role in dragging out their negotiations with the music industry for almost two and a half years.

While Spotify CEO Daniel Ek demurred to add much, he did say that Apple appeared to feel threatened by their business model. Spotify Director Sean Parker was a bit more forthcoming, saying that “it’s a very small industry in a lot of ways,” and that they had heard that Apple was working behind the scenes to block or delay Spotify’s entrance into the U.S. market.

While no other specifics were provided, the two men did indicate that they thought negotiations would take 6-12 weeks to complete, a far cry from the 128 or so weeks that it took to finally nail down licensing agreements. Highlights of the interview are embedded below; if you just want to see the comments about Apple and entering the U.S. they start at the 8:18 mark.



source: AllThingsD via electronista

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33 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Gee. What a goddamn surprise. Yet you won't see the same iFans who were outraged at Google over alleged crippling of alternative search engines' use on Android expressing equal outrage at Apple over this kind of bulls**t.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

No one really attacks google about their missteps, but here you are trolling as usual

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh really? Check the article about Google's offices being raided on the basis of ACCUSATIONS by local Korean search engines, which have pretty much no basis in truth.

20. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What about all the times Google has been fined and sued?

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

All the times? Name each and every one. Link them too.

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Really you haven't heard of any?

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I don't keep a cumulative tally.

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You sure keep a tally on Apple

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Youre the only a$$ hole that attack google/samsung/htc in every article. Stop lying to yourself.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

ebook market fixing, music rights fixing, and now trying to bully people out of the market.. wow. Is there anything this company wont try? This makes me wonder if Apple has anything to do with Warner Bros not signing up with Google Music ...

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I wouldn't doubt it. Remember the class action lawsuit against Apple over their software update that broke Realnetwork's Harmony service? http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/05/09/ipod_owners_notified_of_class_action_antitrust_suit_against_apples_itunes.html

8. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

You say it like there is any evidence indicating that Apple is behind the Spotify case. I will play devil's advocate and say could it have been that the record execs saw how popular the streaming service was and tried to bilk more money out of it? Why was Spotify the only targeted company when Rhapsody, Zune, and so many others have a very similar business model? Is there any history of Apple trying to prevent other streaming music or streaming video services? They actually did not bring forth any evidence other than they heard it was Apple. Who did they hear this from? If it was Apple trying to stifle them then why do business with them? I don't know what happened and if Apple did, shame on them but this is a bait article and it really did not provide any evidence other than he say/she say but you are running with it like its truth with absolutely no evidence.

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Good points greath1 but that would require sniggly and remix to view Apple rationally.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

As usual you have no clue what you're talking about

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Meh...I could see that being the case. At first, I was a bit confused because there are other services that allow you to download any song you'd like where ever you are. But streaming is a slightly different story. I mean, on my computer, I could open up iTunes and have access to the songs I downloaded or open up Spotify and have access to almost any song...period...for free. Honestly, I thought Apple would have done this years ago. Wasn't there a rumor that they were going to buy some music streaming company? I can't remember the name for the life of me and they may have actually bought it. Back then, I thought they were going to challenge Pandora and Last.fm. Then I wondered if something like Spotify would be possible...figured the record folks wouldn't go for it at all. Two sides of every argument and just because Apple does a few evils doesn't mean they do them all. But what I don't like is a large company bullying smaller ones just because the bigger one failed to innovate. If Apple is that bully it's a damn shame.

27. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i believe the music service they acquired was lala music (i am surprised they have not integrated that by now esp. with the whole itunes catalogue)-- and whats wrong with large companies buying smaller ones? if they pay for it its the smaller companies decision… nobody is forcing them to be bought

5. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

Apple just dont want what happen to nokia happen to them so they figure they take care off any company that has a little buzz because a little buzz can turn into a big hype and take over market share. Thats why they try so hard to fight android because they know there market share can easily be shrunken if people start noticing Android can do alot more and everything an iphone can do.

6. blade

Posts: 32; Member since: May 28, 2012

sniggly is been active in all the threads seems he is in vacation

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I just work an office job during the day that affords me easy internet access to sites like this. :)

9. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Lol! Bro I need your job. You wouldnt happen to be in the Houston area would you?

10. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Seems like there is some coward business exec sitting on top in Apple...who is scared of anyone entering in competition with their products...instead of being proud of success they have with iTunes and iOS...morons are getting scared.

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Looks like you're trolling

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yes the trolls are here... no wonder I didn't see anyone in the Android articles.. I know they are boring... and then you guys wine that they don't write any android articles. you always here..

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Nah, not boring. They just don't smack of bulls**t like articles having to do with Apple do.

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I guess you missed Google being investigated by Korean and the EU. oh wait no you didn't. You were posting all over that. Of course in that case you felt like it was a bs investigation lol

25. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Well I can see you didn't miss it. Didn't you post yesterday about how the majority of PA's readers are pro android & they tirelessly troll Apple articles? It seems the pro Apple segment isn't immune to it. About 50% of the commenters on that article were pro Apple. So how about looking at yourself before accusing others of wrong doing.

26. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Pretty much all my responses were in defense to android trolls trying to bring Apple in the mix.

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

in other words.. boring...

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

U SIR TROLL ON EVERY ANDROID ARTICLE mostly SAMSUNG/HTC articles. so why don't u admit that APPLE IS EVIL and DON'T LIKE ANYONE including other companies that it doesn't want to compete.

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Youre the most boring person here on this site. Grow up and admit how bad of a company Apple is when they dont want to do business with ANYONE.

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