Daniel Ek: the Founder of Spotify, an Innovative Way of Listening to Music

Spotify has revolutionized the way people listen and share music, making it a social phenomena!


Company: Spotify

Launched: On 7 October 2008

Founder: Daniel Ek

Spotify, a software application or music streaming service that offers immediate listening of a particular album or tracks without any buffering hazards, was launched in 2008 after two years of development that started in 2006 at Spotify AB, Stockholm, Sweden. The company was founded by former CTO of Stardoll Daniel Ek, along with co-founder of TradeDoubler Martin Lorentzon. At Spotify, users can browse music by album, artist, genre, record label, or playlist and by direct searches. By the end of 2011, the catalog of Spotify had approximately 15 million songs and approximately ten million registered members who return at least once in a month. Spotify has about 3 million paid members who pay around $5 to $15 per month to access premium version features.

As of March 2012, Spotify is available in Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Austria, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Switzerland and the United States.
Currently, the software is available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Telia Digital-tv, and for mobile devices that are running iOS(iPod/iPhone/iPad), Android, webOS, Sonos, WD TV, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Squeezebox,Boxee, S60 (Symbian), and MeeGo