Europeans are quite familiar with Spotify, which is an online music service similar to a mix between last.fm and iTunes. You can listen to music with their free service on your computer (with some ads included). Optionally, you can choose to access it from a mobile device or to connect with your friends and share music sans the ad barrage for a monthly fee. So far Spotify has only been a European service.
That is, until talks with Sony might bring the company over the Atlantic and to the US very soon. It looks as though Spotify may be close to inking a deal with Sony as well as one other music company. One music industry source has said that, "Spotify is launching in the US, for sure. They've got the deals now."
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One of Spotify's spokespeople have said, "Negotiations are progressing well, but (we have) nothing to confirm at this stage."
This isn't Spotify's first trip over the pond in attempts to strike a deal, though. Back in 2009 the company tried to finalize deals with major labels here in the States but were largely unsuccessful.
Analysts have said that because of ad-based music services tanking in the past, large music companies would want payments upfront close to $100 million each and have asked that Spotify promote the subscription packages as hard as they can.
It should be noted that Apple and Google have also sat down with Spotify and talked to them after hearing news that Sony was close to a deal.