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Spotify Hits 188M Paying Subs, Exceeding Expectations, and Grows Quarterly Ad Revenue

Music streaming giant Spotify ended the second quarter of 2022 with 188 million premium, or paying, subscribers, up from 182 million as of the end of the first quarter, exceeding its own forecast. The company said the result came in “above our guidance, aided by promotional intake and household plans.” Spotify also said on Wednesday […]

Spotify to Add Content Advisory to Podcast Episodes That Include COVID-19 Discussions

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Sunday revealed updated platform rules and a new approach to dealing with COVID-19 information, including adding a dedicated content advisory to podcast episodes that contain discussions about the virus. A statement, posted to Spotify’s website, began by noting that the audio service was created “to enable the work of creators […]

Spotify Hits 172M Paying Subs, Podcasts Help Boost Ad Revenue 75 Percent

Music-streaming giant Spotify grew subscribers and total users, along with advertising revenue, helped by podcasts, in its third quarter. It ended September with 172 million premium, or paid, subscribers, up from 165 million as of the end of the second quarter. The result was in line with the range of 170-174 million that the company had […]

Netflix Greenlights Spotify Series

Netflix has ordered a new, scripted series from Sweden on the story of music streaming service Spotify.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek Has a Plan to Harness Hollywood for Podcasts and Create “the World’s No. 1 Audio Platform”

Having helped transform the music industry, with Spotify, Daniel Ek sets his sights (and your ears) on spending hundreds of millions on podcasts and recruiting Jordan Peele, Mark Wahlberg and the Obamas in a race with Apple and Amazon.

Spotify CEO Compares Apple App Store Rules to Playing Ping-Pong Blindfolded

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said the streaming music giant filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in Europe to avoid a marketplace with a "small group of dominant platforms," comparing Apple's App Store rules for competitors to a ping-pong game in which one side is blindfolded.

Spotify CEO Issues Apology Over New Privacy Controversy

The music streaming service introduced the following new policy in a Monday blog post: "We may ask for customer permission to collect information from new sources, such as address book, location, and sensor data from the mobile device to improve the customer experience and inform product decisions."

Uber Confirms Spotify Integration

The companies made the news official Monday

Spotify CEO Responds to Taylor Swift: Free Music Leads to Big Money

The music-streaming company defends its business model after losing the high-profile artist

Spotify, MTV Partner on Playlists, Editorial

Spotify and Viacom have penned a deal bringing the editorial voices of MTV, VH1 and CMT to the streaming services content and apps.

Spotify Global Paid Subscriptions Swell to 10 Million

The number of Spotify paid subscribers in the U.s. has grown to three million, driven by mobile usage.