We knew it was only a matter of time. Stuff.tv's favourite new music service, Spotify has come to the attention of those forward-thinking folks the work in record publishing, and has now been forced to restrict some of their playlists, and indeed remove many tracks altogether.
Basically, Spotify is a revolutionary web-based streaming service with an awesome collection of tunes and an excellent interface to create and share playlists.
Of course, it's just the sort of thing that makes record companies sweat. Despite the fact that there's no way to download or own any tracks on Spotify, this seems a concept too far – streaming and sharing music for discovery and enjoyment.
In a statement released last week, the Luxembourg company that owns Spotify said that it is removing songs and addingrestrictions acording to country. This is because licensing varies from country to country, so something that we can play in the UK for example, may not be legal to broadcast on a playlist you share with someone from Sweden.
It's not all bad news, however – it seems more like an initial oversight by Spotify, who have obviously fallen foul of the minefield of music publishing. The statement ends on a high noe, promising: "from this point on there are no plans to remove any more music and our catalogue will only grow from here".
We haven't noticed any issues with any of our shared playlists, so fingers crossed that this service manages to survive in the face of a music industry stuck in the 20th century.
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