A week ago, Spotify made a big announcement that they were expanding their services to 20 more countries (bringing the total to 55) as well as offering a free version of their streaming music service that can be used on your mobile device.
I immediately got excited because I thought that maybe, just maybe, Spotify was now going to be available in Canada without having to use the geographic workaround.
But, no luck. Spotify is still not available in Canada and there weren’t any hints of if, or when, it might be expanding north of the 49th into the Great White North.
It’s was also reported that they recently raised $250 million to continue to work on their global expansion.
The announcement surrounding the free, yet ad-supported, version of the mobile app was a nice addition as previously you had to be signed up for their premium offering at $10/month. Personally, I don’t mind the ads as it’s really no different than listening to the radio.
If you’re a fan of Led Zeppelin, you probably already know that they had never signed an agreement to allow their music to be streamed by anyone. Spotify did ink them to a deal where they get to be the exclusive provider of their musical catalog similar to the deal Spotify did with Metallica as well. So, if you’re a Metallica and/or Led Zeppelin fan in Canada you’re going to have to use HMA to stream Spotify to listen to these two bands.
With over 6 million paying subscribers and more than 24 million active users the trajectory of Spotify looks good. The are also very focused on their global expansion so, keep your fingers crossed, as one day they might make their way into Canada.
Until then, get signed up for HMA as it’s a quick, easy and completely effective way to listen to Spotify in Canada (and around the World).