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Spotify to launch music video streaming service, report claims

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Spotify is reportedly planning to announce an expansion into video streaming at its media event in New York on May 20.

The Financial Times’ sources claims the videos will be geared towards supporting the Swedish company’s “core music service.”

There are no plans to rival the likes of Netflix and Hulu, according to the report, but Spotify will be targeting YouTube.

The Google-owned video company announced a paid subscription service called YouTube Music Key late last year, which allows users to watch music videos without dealing with pre-roll ads.

Spotify’s rumoured plans may also be a strike back at Tidal, which is offering users value added editorial content like videos, interviews and features as part of the monthly subscription plan.

Spotify’s announcement may also be preempting Apple’s imminent relaunch of Beats Music as a branded service. Reports have claimed Apple plans to announce an Apple Music service at WWDC early next month.

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Spotify confirmed plans for the media event earlier on Thursday with an invite to media simply saying “we’ve got some news.”

The firm naturally recognises that after almost half a decade of dominance, there are some rivals with pretty deep pockets coming after their share of the pie.

Speculation suggesting the company plans to add video into the mix certainly adds intrigue ahead of the May 20 media soiree.

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