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Yesterday at the Ibiza Music Summit streaming giant Spotify announced the news that we’ve been waiting for… It will soon be able to host unlicenced longform mixes, radio shows and remixes.
Striking a deal with Dubspot, the same company who are also working with Apple Music, the agreement will allow Dubspot’s technology to identify the tracks and samples used in the content and ensure royalties are paid accordingly.
“DJs have long been recognized as the greatest curators of music in the world,” stated Pat Shah, Spotify’s head of original content licensing. “We look forward to working with Dubset and the biggest and best DJs in the world to continue to lead the industry by providing our consumers with the best content available in the market.”
It’s not just the ‘biggest and best’ but, as reported in Music Week, all Spotify users will be able to create content if they wish.
“This is a major milestone for DJs and music fans all over the world,” stated Stephen White, Dubset CEO. “Our technology platform makes it possible for us to identify and pay rights holders in DJ mixes, making this enormously popular music genre available on the world’s most popular streaming service for the very first time. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the team at Spotify to deliver this content to music fans all over the world.”
Dubspot’s technology offers the original content creators the right to decline use. So don’t expect all un-licenced content – especially bootlegs of a dubious nature – to be accessible on Spotify, but this is a really exciting move that fills the gaping holes in an otherwise impressive streaming service.
“Our number one job at Spotify is to deliver great music to fans whenever and wherever they want to listen to it,” stated Stefan Blom, chief strategy Officer and chief content officer at Spotify. “This deal with Dubset enables us to serve fans of dance music with the mixes they crave while ensuring that artists, labels and publishers get paid fairly. It’s a great day for music fans all over the world.”
Possibly not the music fans at Soundcloud, though… DJ mixes, radio shows and unlicenced remixes are the one benefit Soundcloud has for electronic music fans over Spotify. For now…
We’re excited to see how this develops. Stay tuned for more details.
Source: Music Week