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Global head of telco partnerships, Spotify: “Telco partnerships make perfect sense for both us and the partner”

Michael Abbatista, the global head of telco partnerships at Spotify

Michael Abbattista, the global head of telco partnerships at Spotify, spoke on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum. At the show we spoke to him about Spotify’s recent telco partnerships and the importance of fast connectivity to the service.

Vodafone UK to launch 4G August 29

Vodafone has announced it will launch its LTE services on the same day as O2

Operator group Vodafone has announced that it will launch 4G services in the UK later this month. The service will be live in London as of August 29, the same date that rival O2 plans to switch its LTE network on. Twelve further cities will be connected to the network by the end of the year, the operator added.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

Operator board members are less innovative than those at OTT players, claims European Leaders

The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.

Spotify embraces the land of the free..sort of

Spotify makes it onto Symbian

Spotify has finally got its prize. News of a US launch today brings to a close a two-year affair, blighted with delays, speculation and a healthy dollop of the now infamous “ongoing negotiations with labels”.

Spotify plays hard-ball with its free users

Rapid smartphone uptake combined with the recent rise of music streaming services have for the first time enabled music to make a substantial impact on operator’s market share, ARPU and churn

Spotify today announced that it was to reduce the amount of music that free users of the service can stream, capping it at 10 hours per month. This should not come as a surprise. It is simply part of a “get them hooked, then make them pay” strategy Spotify began when it reduced the free service from unlimited to twenty hours listening a week.

Music for the masses

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Digital music subscription services look like a good model on paper, yet few have proved their worth in the real world. Spotify, at just over 18 months old, is one of those exceptions, having captured the attention of fixed line consumers and successfully taken its offering mobile. Telecoms.com spoke with Faisal Galaria, global head of business development at Spotify ahead of the Mobile Industry Outlook event which takes place in London later this month.

Content partnerships spell big bucks for carriers

Rapid smartphone uptake combined with the recent rise of music streaming services have for the first time enabled music to make a substantial impact on operator’s market share, ARPU and churn

Amid all the talk of partnerships and ‘smart pipes’, figures released this week suggest that mobile operators could add millions of Euros to their bottom line by partnering with a music streaming service rather than going it alone.

Spotify goes social

Spotify goes social

Spotify, the darling of the music industry, has overhauled its service, turning its focus on social networking to help users discover music.

Spotify comes to TV in second deal in Nordics

Spotify comes to TV in Finland

Spotify, the darling of the online music market, has expanded its presence in the Nordics through an exclusive deal with Finnish carrier TeliaSonera that will see the Spotify service deployed on a number of devices from mobile phones to TVs.

Online music services: made by geeks, for geeks?

I’ve just returned from Midem, the music industry’s annual knees up held in (usually sunny, but not really in January) Cannes. The general mood was the mixture of optimism (Spotify, new business models) and pessimism (piracy, stalling digital sales) that has long been par-for-the-course at music industry events.

Spotify makes it onto Symbian

Spotify makes it onto Symbian

On Monday popular music streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a mobile app for the Symbian platform, making the service potentially available on millions more devices.

3UK bundles Spotify with Android

3UK bundles Spotify with Android HTC Hero

The UK’s smallest but most disruptive mobile operator, 3UK, said Monday it has struck a partnership with online music service Spotify, bundling the offering with the Android-based HTC Hero.

Together at last

Way back in 1993, in a development of which a young the Informer was blissfully unaware, the world’s first GSM1800 network was launched in the UK under the moniker Mercury One2One. Half a year later, it was joined by a new company called Orange. Each was to make its mark.

Spotify overwhelmed by mobile demand

Spotify has been forced to rein in its subscriptions due to high demand

The hit music streaming service Spotify has been forced to rein in new subscriptions to its free service after being overwhelmed with demand following the launch of its mobile applications earlier this month.

Spotify bursts onto iPhone, Android and S60

Spotify bursts onto iPhone, Android and S60

Spotify, the darling of the music streaming market, burst onto the mobile with no less than three platform offerings on Monday.

Musical differences

If iTunes killed the LP, then Spotify’s bringing it back from the dead (the Informer’s afraid there’s nothing we can do for the Radio Star). And if you’re the kind of person that likes the connected side of Abbey Road or anything by Pink Floyd then this is good news. Or it would be if the Beatles’ or Pink Floyd’s music were available on Spotify.

Spotify coming to iPhone

Spotify music app coming to iPhone

Music streaming service Spotify has created an iPhone app and sent it over to Apple for approval and inclusion into the App Store.

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