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Spotify comes to Los Angeles

January 14, 2010 | 12:42 pm

Spotify_600_ Spotify chief Daniel Ek will be the keynote speaker at the Los Angeles edition of the recently relaunched New Music Seminar, set for Feb. 2 at Hollywood's Music Box @ Fonda. The Spotify CEO spoke in late 2009 at the Future of Music Summit in Washington, D.C, and said the company was still working through a maze of licensing issues before launching its popular platform in America.

The music-on-demand service has been a hit overseas, and it's been seen as the sort of legit platform that could finally deliver on the promise of streaming programs as the future of online music. Overseas, Spotify offers a free ad-supported edition, as well as a paid premium product. 

The New Music Seminar was a popular industry event throughout the '80s in New York, and was recently relaunched by Tommy Boy Records founder Tom Silverman as a touring event. Registration for the day-long affair in Los Angeles costs $175, and speakers include Topspin head Ian Rogers, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, KCRW's Jason Bentley, Chop Shop founder Alexandra Patsavas and SoundExchange exec Bryan Calhoun, among others. Los Angeles Times editorial writer Jon Healey will lead one of the day's discussions. 

-- Todd Martens


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