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Spotify music streaming service enters Indian market

27 February 2019

The firm said it will offer local and worldwide music to potential users in India with an option to upgrade the service to Spotify Premium for Rs 119 per month.

While earlier the Spotify app was not available for download in India, now the same can be downloaded on both iOS and Android devices.

According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the company's India launch is a "custom-built experience".

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Also, the rise of independent artists will enable India to become a global powerhouse of creators, most of whom are looking to break the scene not just locally, but globally, he said adding that it's the flawless time for Spotify to launch in India. The company claims to offer more than 40 million songs and 3 billion playlists.

As a comparison, Apple Music costs Rs 120 per month in India, Saavn costs Rs 120 for Lite version or Rs 250 for the pro version.

Speaking of track selection, Spotify is in a bit of a legal pickle as it is now being sued by Warner Music Group. For students over the age of 18 enrolled at an accredited college or university, Spotify can be subscribed for Rs 59 per month for four years. Lastly, there is a Spotify Premium Yearly subscription that is available at a price tag of Rs 1189. "WMG revoked a previously agreed upon publishing licence for reasons wholly unrelated to Spotify's launch in India", a Spotify spokesperson told BusinessLine. The case prevented Spotify to access Warner/Chappell Music catalog with the company going on record to say that it "remains the lone holdout needed for a Spotify launch in India". However, it has licencing agreements with Universal and Sony in place.

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Spotify said it has redesigned the music experience for India with exclusive features like multi-language music recommendations and city playlists that list out trending music in various cities. "We will continue to assess our options at this stage", Spotify said.

After a long wait, Spotify just went live in India.

The company has at least a dozen employees in its Mumbai office and it is aggressively hiring in the country as it builds its local base here. It would be hard for Spotify to compete with its competitors due to their already existing strong user-base. The Swedish company had been eyeing an entry into one of the largest music market of the world and late Tuesday night, consumers were able to download and use the Spotify app from Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

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Spotify music streaming service enters Indian market