Due to a long going dispute between the streaming giant, Spotify, and WCG, Warner Chappell Group, Indian users were not able to listen to some of the most listened artists. These artists include Linkin Park, Beyonce, etc, which are missing from the catalog in India.
The deal, which completed a few days back will bring all these artists and others to the Indian catalog. This will end the year-long dispute between the two, making sure that everything goes smooth again.
The deal is a global license for Spotify, which allows Spotify to distribute Warner artists’ music around the world, which, now also includes India.
Back in 2019, in the midst of several disputes between the two, Spotify launched its services in India. Which initially made WCG to not allow them to use any of their artist’s music on the streaming platform.
This was a big blow to them since India is a market of several streaming services. All of these have the right to access the WCG music catalog and are allowed to stream over. And surviving in a market with music streaming services like Apple Music, Gaana, JioSaavn, it was a tough competition for Spotify since the beginning. With the loss of the biggest music catalog, it drew half nail into the coffin.
In fact, Google also launched its YouTube Music streaming services in India. Priced around ₹129 for YT Premium, and ₹99 for YT Music is still better. On the other hand, Spotify provides one month of free trial and then ₹119 for a month. Which is way too cheaper than what citizens of US pay for.
As of now, the catalogs haven’t been updated. We may see the catalogs to be updated within a month.
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