Spotify launched its music streaming service in South Africa

Apple Music hits 38M subscribers closes gap with Spotify

Well the wait appears to be limited now, because if we go by what the Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek had to say, Spotify will soon launch operations in India.

In a response clearly meant to counter claims that Spotify is not paying artists sufficiently, Ek said the company's goal is to enable 1 million people to live from music.

It has hired brokerage Morgan Stanley to match buy and sell orders to set its opening trading price and said it will provide financial guidance to investors on March 26. In 2017, the valuation ranged from $6.3 billion to $20.9 billion for the 12.8 million shares that changed hands, based on the stock price and shares outstanding listed in the filing.

Head of R&D Gustav Soderstrom outlined Spotify's ubiquity strategy, opposed to trying to lock users into a "single platform ecosystem".

"Spotify is not selling any shares, there is no underwritten offering, and there are no underwriters", the company said.

With all the speculation about Spotify's impending launch in India, Daniel Ek, CEO of the music streaming service has given the rumors a shot in the arm by confirming that they are working on the service's launch in India. Spotify will pay off financially once it scales and reaches more people, he said. Amidst all this how Spotify will affect the existing players will be a treat to the ears. He cheekily calls this "self-driving music".

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While Spotify's reasons for skipping an IPO may not be earth-shattering, it's still interesting to see the thought process behind that decision. That gives it leverage over the record labels so Spotify can get better licensing deals and favorable treatment.

Apple, Spotify, Google and other services charge around $9.99 a month for music subscriptions. That's both on its platform, and using its targeting and analytics info to deliver efficient ticket and merchandise promotions elsewhere.

Sony is the biggest industry shareholder with a 5.7% holding in Spotify.

A Spotify spokesman later confirmed the IPO date.

The independent service is jockeying against efforts from Apple, which has 38 million paid listeners and eschews advertising-supported services. But with its focus on playlists and suggestion data, Spotify could build melodic handcuffs for its listeners who wouldn't dream of starting from scratch on a competitor.

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