Music Industry

Spotify and Beats Coming to Canada? Not So Fast.

Despite reports earlier this week, reps from both Spotify and Beats refused to confirm that plans are being made to launch the streaming music services in Canada.

When reached by Billboard, a Beats rep said “It would be inaccurate to claim it’s even close to a launch in Canada.”  (Hey, January 2015–the time frame mentioned in the report–isn’t really that “close,” but whatever.) 

As for Spotify, reps say that something is in the works (the company has already advertised for a Canadian Director of Sales) but they wouldn’t say when things will be ready to go. is standing by the story.

On another note, it appears that the Canadian office of Deezer has been shuttered, leaving Songza as the only foreign-owned streaming service with people on the ground in Canada (Full disclosure:  I’m one of those people.) However, Shaw has recently inked a deal with the San Francisco-based Rdio, so something’s afoot there.

Alan Cross

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