Big changes are coming to Spotify's steaming service. The streaming service announced yesterday (April 5) that they will now give some artist the ability to restrict their music to the apps premium subscription service for the first two weeks of it's release. This is all thanks to a new licensing deal with Universal Music Group so the option will only apply to artist under the Universal label, for now. The Financial Times does report that Spotify is in talks with major labels Sony and Warner Music, so more artist may have this option in the near future.
While Spotify’s streaming biggest rivals, Apple and Tidal, don’t offer a free tier, Spotify may be keen on making this move do to pressure from the major labels. The major labels have recently been pushing against free services in hopes of boosting paid subscriptions. According to the latest numbers from the RIAA, free on-demand streaming services like YouTube and the free version of Spotify generated $469 million in revenues in the United States in 2016, compared with $2.5 billion for paid subscriptions.
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