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Spotify to be launched in India – TechCrunch

Spotify is reported to have been launched today for some users in India, with plans to officially launch Variety on Wednesday, citing sources that know about Spotify's plans, reports.

For the first 30 days, Spotify's Premium Service will be free and will cost 119 rupees ($ 1.67) per month. There are also one-day, weekly, monthly, three-month, six-month and annual plans. Similar to other streaming services in India, Spotify will also offer a free, ad-supported product.

Spotify announced its intention to launch in India in March of this year for the first time. In November, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek named licensing situations as an obstacle to the launch.

Last month, Spotify signed a global content deal with T-Series, a leading Indian film and music company with a catalog of more than 1

60,000 titles. As Sarah Perez of TechCrunch noted, it is not easy for Spotify to win the Indian market. That's because Spotify plays against local player Gaana, which already has more than 80 million users, Saavn, Wynk and the North American fans of Google, Apple and Amazon.

This launch takes place against the backdrop of Spotify's lawsuit with Warner Music Group. Earlier this week, WMG asked an Indian court to prevent Spotify from playing music from its catalog.

TechCrunch has reached Spotify and will update this story when we hear that.

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