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Microsoft to Launch Spotify Rival

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft to Launch Spotify Rival

Microsoft has had a pretty good month. It has launched Bing to go after Google, unveiled Web Office to go after Google Docs and now it's bringing out a streaming music service to pick on challenge little Spotify...

Speaking to the Telegraph, MSN executive producer Peter Bale explained: "Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music streaming service imminently. It will be a similar principle to Spotify but we are still examining how the business model will work. We are looking at how other similar businesses have structured their business models and trying to figure out what will work best for both consumer and Microsoft."

So Redmond has its claws out but judging by Bale's comments it doesn't seem as if they're particularly sharp at this stage. Of course this depends largely on whether Microsoft plans to push out the service then work out a business model for it or whether it prefers to try and get everything in place from the get go.

That said, the Telegraph suggests Microsoft is looking to work around similar free, ad-supported and premium monthly payment systems like Spotify so I'd say just get on with it already.

After all, competition is good - isn't that right Apple...?


via the Telegraph


July 14, 2009, 7:16 am

I suppose Spotify hasn't quite got the free, streaming market as sewn up as iTunes has the buy-to-own one. So, it makes sense for Microsoft to get in while the sector is still small. I just can't see what they will bring to the table, that will make me want to switch from Spotify?


July 14, 2009, 2:41 pm

Let's hear it for iTunes 9 then, and don't forget you heard the rumour here first.


July 14, 2009, 6:36 pm

At least Microsoft are being straight about who they're copying? :/


July 14, 2009, 9:12 pm

Have Microsoft had an original thought ever?

All they ever do is copy somebody else then lever their monopoly position to try and eliminate the competition.


July 15, 2009, 4:55 am

All they need to add is playlists/favourites to the free version and I'd be sold. Also, I don't know if it's just me but my connection to spotify seems abysmal: I usually get about 3 seconds of song and then such a long silence I practically jump out of my skin when the song picks back up.


July 15, 2009, 5:31 am

@Joe - never suffered the slightest delay in my time with it. Think you may have some underlying network issues...


July 15, 2009, 5:32 pm

@Joe, I've found spotify never buffers on either my 3g or my adsl connection..

And No, microsoft didn't have an original idea here. But to be fair neither did apple with their online music store or portable MP3 players, just because you werent the first to invent something doesn't mean you won't be the best at it :)

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