Spotify set to expand in Asia, Latin America
The popular streaming-music site is set to launch in eight new markets, according to sources.
Spotify's quest for world domination is continuing.
The top on-demand, streaming-music service is set to launch in eight new markets, including Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, the Baltics, and Iceland, according to a person familiar with the situation. The rollouts could come as soon as tomorrow.
Adding territories has been a top priority for Spotify, which is racing to boost its user base. Spotify, which launched in the U.S. just over a year and a half ago, now has, 6 million of whom are paying subscribers. It's become the , and is second in reach only to Internet radio company . With the additional markets, Spotify will be in 28 territories in all.
Growth is key for a number of reasons. The company is trying to negotiate better terms with the music labels, which earn the bulk of every dollar -- roughly 70 percent -- that Spotify brings in. The more Spotify is paying to the music labels and publishers, the better its position at the negotiating table. Spotify is already the label's No. 2 source of digital revenue behind Apple, and CEO Daniel Ek has said his company is on track to-- the same amount the company paid out in total since launching in 2008.
Yet competition is growing -- and fast. The big tech titans -- including, , and -- are all gearing up soon to add streaming-music services of various sorts. So the quicker Ek and his team can open new markets and build the brand, the better.
Adding new markets requires its own set of negotiations. Each new territory requires new deals with music rights holders, something that. In addition, these new services -- both for mobile devices and PCs -- will be in local languages.
Spotify has amped up its marketing efforts in recent weeks as it seeks to build its name among mainstream music fans. The company last month launched its go-to site for young people to listen to music., and last week it rolled out an , which has become the