Spotify's Event

An event to show off Spotify's latest music service.

  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:31:04 PM
    Hello all, Roger Cheng, executive editor for CNET News, here to keep you company until the Spotify shindig begins.
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:31:41 PM
    Our intrepid media reporter, Joan Solsman, is likely braving the elements and either standing in line or fighting for a seat at the actual press conference. I'm here in my warm office.
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:32:49 PM
    So what are we expecting? The buzz is for Spotify to finally make its mobile app free to all.
  • pwog66 12/11/2013 2:32:52 PM
    is there video?
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:33:14 PM
    @pwog66: Unfortunately, there is no video, so we'll have to be reliant on Joan's trusty live blogging.
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:34:35 PM
    I, for one, am looking forward to having another music option on my smartphone/tablet. Spotify is my go-to music service for my desktop.
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:34:53 PM
    But I use a mix of Pandora, I Heart Radio, and iTunes Radio on my phone.
  • pwog66 12/11/2013 2:35:52 PM
    wonder if the 4.95 fee will effect mobile too?
  • Ali Akbar 12/11/2013 2:36:02 PM
    What's the big anticipation? Spotify has a mobile app. I use it and am a premium member.
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:36:42 PM
    @AliAkbar: I'm not sure if this affects you as a premium member, but as a non-paying user of Spotify, I'm interested in today's news.
  • leothelion96 12/11/2013 2:36:58 PM
    Hopefully the freemium version won't limit too much
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:37:28 PM
    @leothelion96: Agreed. If Spotify does indeed go free, I'm sure there will be strings somewhere. Hopefully, they aren't too bad.
  • BillyCostigan37 12/11/2013 2:37:52 PM
    Would Love a free mobile app...but I think they should give people the option to physically buy songs as well, just like iTunes. So I can share individual tracks, make the rare CD (no aux input in my 99 GMC!)
  • Chabbley 12/11/2013 2:38:10 PM
    THis might make me get off the premium version of the mobile app ats the same just with comercials
  • BillyCostigan37 12/11/2013 2:39:30 PM
    Yeah - if they make service free on Mobile..I think they will lose paying subscribers. If the only difference is a few ads, that's an easy trade off for me.
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:40:21 PM
    @BillyCostigan37: You make a great point. Perhaps Spotify unveils something else on the premium side that justifies the extra cost.
  • Rob Wade 12/11/2013 2:40:25 PM
    I use Xbox Music, Nokia Mix Radio, TuneIn Radio, but didn't care for Spotify.
  • leothelion96 12/11/2013 2:40:57 PM
    @BillyCostigan37 I don't think they would do that.Probably a version with ads and something like radio which you can't choose what it play
  • BillyCostigan37 12/11/2013 2:42:57 PM
    Radio is already free on mobile though.
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:43:15 PM
    @BillyCostigan37: True. But I want to see the full capabilities available for free too.
  • joan.solsman 12/11/2013 2:43:16 PM
    CNET is in the event and ready to roll.
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:44:42 PM
    Hey all, say hello to Joan Solsman, who is taking the lead on her first live blog.
  • JackH 12/11/2013 2:44:50 PM
    Seeing as they have more non paying customers than paying customers, do you think they have more to gain in revenue if they get rid of premium accounts and focus their efforts through ads to their entire user base?
  • joan.solsman 12/11/2013 2:45:12 PM
    We're in Spotify's new offices in Chelsea, NYC. Right now, it's a empty stage with a screen sporting Spotify's logo.
  • joan.solsman 12/11/2013 2:45:34 PM
    As promised in Spotify's press invite, there are donuts. No Cronuts (TM).
  • Canuckister 12/11/2013 2:45:38 PM
    @JackH No, most of the money comes from the users.
  • pwog66 12/11/2013 2:45:51 PM
    grats Joan
  • BillyCostigan37 12/11/2013 2:45:52 PM
    Hello Joan!
  • joan.solsman 12/11/2013 2:46:59 PM
    Word here is we'll be getting a special musical guest.
  • leothelion96 12/11/2013 2:47:31 PM
    @joan.solsman Hello! Will there be images posted during the event?
  • HitLaden 12/11/2013 2:47:32 PM
    Good luck!
  • BillyCostigan37 12/11/2013 2:48:17 PM
    At work streaming free version of Spotify, while awaiting the news from Spotify. Ronald Jenkees now playing.
  • joan.solsman 12/11/2013 2:48:27 PM
    Spotify's offices are a big upgrade from their old digs. Wide spaces, open format, I think there's a spiral staircase across the way.
  • Johnny 12/11/2013 2:48:29 PM
    any news on them announcing the entry on new markets?
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:48:51 PM
    @Johnny: Hopefully, we get some news of expansion. That's still unclear though.
  • BigJuden 12/11/2013 2:48:57 PM
    Hey, Will pandoras stock price crash today due to spottily surprises
  • Roger Cheng 12/11/2013 2:49:29 PM
    @BigJuden: I'm guessing no. It'll take a lot to affect Pandora's stock. Usually these announcements aren't enough. But you never know!
  • sarahtew 12/11/2013 2:49:29 PM
  • joan.solsman 12/11/2013 2:49:55 PM
    I need better posture.
  • sarahtew 12/11/2013 2:50:06 PM
  • leothelion96 12/11/2013 2:50:37 PM
    @BigJuden Depend what they present
  • BigJuden 12/11/2013 2:50:49 PM
    Excellent!!! i have puts on pandora
  • joan.solsman 12/11/2013 2:52:21 PM
    Pandora and its stock price has fared pretty well as iTunes Radio rolled out earlier this year. With Spotify such a smaller competitor, it'd be surprising if investors are unnerved by a free Spotify mobile offering. Right now, Pandora stock is faring fine, down less than 1%.
  • sarahtew 12/11/2013 2:52:26 PM
  • wat3rmelon 12/11/2013 2:53:01 PM
    Hopefully, they will announce availability in more countries. Unfortunately, not everyone, including me, can use Spotify in their country.
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