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This photo illustration shows a woman as she uses the iPhone application of Swedish music streaming service Spotify on March 7, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Spotify is refuting recent reports that it would pull the plug on its free streaming music service, leaving listeners no alternative but to pay up.

“It’s totally false,” a Spotify spokesperson told Music Business Worldwide. The dismissal came in response to unnamed sources, quoted by Digital Music News, who claimed that music labels were pressuring Spotify to cap its free streaming service at three months.

The report comes amid grumbling from industry insiders that Spotify’s freemium model may not generate enough revenue to support music labels, a complaint famously echoed by singer Taylor Swift and hotly contested by Spotify’s CEO. Apple is also said to be pressuring labels to stop supporting Spotify’s free streaming tier ahead of the rumored launch of its own new streaming service.

“The model is working,” Spotify’s spokesperson insisted.



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