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Facebook to Buy Spotify

Gordon Kelly


Facebook to Buy Spotify

Spotify is clearly looking for investors. Earlier this week 3 bought into Spotify and now talk is Facebook may want the whole lot...

According to TechCrunch "Facebook has been talking with the European startup about a partnership for well over a year... but that the talks have intensified dramatically in the last week." It also notes Mark Zuckerberg's recent Facebook status was "Spotify is so good" though whether that has anything to do with the price of pork in China, we don't know. I also can't find any evidence of this from his wall posts.

Furthering its claims however TechCrunch goes on to say that Facebook investor Li Ka-Shing has also recently become a major big stockholder in Spotify and the MySpace purchase of popular Facebook music app iLike has Facebook twitchy for an alternative.

Yes all this makes sense, but then again so have many potential unions down the years that never came off: Firefox and Google, Microsoft and a fledgingly RIM, Intel and nVidia, Seagate and SanDisk, etc. Meanwhile many obvious car crashes pushed on regardless: HP and Compaq, Microsoft and Yahoo!, ITV and Friends Reunited and so on and so on and so on.

Where would a Facebook/Spotify union fit in all this? Probably somewhere in the middle. Personally, if I were RIM I'd snap it up in a heartbeat and build something to give iTunes a run for its money...


via TechCrunch


August 26, 2009, 12:48 pm

Why do almost all internet companies get bought up by US companies? I quite like the fact it is UK and Sweden. Here's hoping spotify will be different.


August 26, 2009, 1:53 pm

NO NO NO NO NO! Spotify is streamlined nice and easy to use and above all very good, facebook is bloated crappy and horrendous to use. Even with 20mbit cable it takes a life time to load anything and never works, if facebook buy it they might make it crappy!

Also this is my first ever post on trusted!


August 26, 2009, 2:20 pm

I very much doubt that any union would be anything more than creating a Spotify app for facebook, rather than tampering with the stand alone application...to begin with at the very least.


August 26, 2009, 2:30 pm

Maybe Apple should buy Spotify? After all they have so much spare cash sitting around, and what about the saying ... "Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer" ;-)


August 26, 2009, 3:02 pm

"Gotten" isn't a word&#8230


August 26, 2009, 3:46 pm

Yes it is. This is not a good use of it though - tut tut Gordon. I'll remove it as it's somewhat superfluous anyway.


August 26, 2009, 4:23 pm

@Stephen Allred @Ed - it isn't, but I've always liked it and I'm a big fan of slang so I'm editing it back in...

...kidding! (Not about the slang though)

jamie hancox

August 26, 2009, 6:36 pm

Spotify are in the same boat as We7 and the other free streaming services. It's straightforward to get members when music is high quality, free and legal, but they've got to pay the labels for it. Whoever manages to sell ads between tracks to cover these cost the best will win the battle - the fact that facebook have loads of unsold advertising inventory might mean they're not the best partner for spotify...


August 27, 2009, 3:16 am

Surely HP's been doing quite well since it ditched the lady CEO for a man!

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