You got the best user experience and music recommendation but felt the void because of the absence of major artists such as Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. Don’t forget all the missing tracks of Indian Bollywood oldies and Ghazal. Yes, we’re talking about the music steaming behemoth Spotify and its missing music catalogue in India.
Well, things are going to change now as Spotify has signed a new global licensing deal with Warner Music Group (WMG). This music conglomerate’s labels include Warner Records, Asylum, Atlantic, Elektra, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino Entertainment, Roadrunner, Sire and Warner Chappell Music (which is the company’s publishing arm). Thus bringing the former’s entire music catalogue to additional countries including India.
In short, you now get to listen to music from artists like Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Madonna, Linkin Park, Coldplay, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bruno Mars, David Guetta, Paramore, Green Day, Cardi B and others under the above labels on Spotify India.
Spotify and Saregama
Additionally, Spotify has managed to ink the deal with Saregama, one of India’s oldest music label. This would add a comprehensive collection of Evergreen Hindi songs, Ghazals, Hindustani, Classical Carnatic and Devotional music to the music streaming service. You also get to listen to Indian music across 14 different languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali.
With these two deal, Spotify now added millions of international and Indian local songs to its music catalogue. This would allow the music streaming service to taken on International rivals such as YouTube Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music and recently launched TikTok developers Resso. It also brings the company more in line with domestic rivals such as JioSaavn, Gaana and Wynk.
Still, Spotify premium is one of the costliest in India with monthly subscription touching at Rs 119. For students, there is a special rate of Rs 59 per month and for a family account (up to six users) it would cost Rs 179 per month. There are also one-day, 7-days, one month, three months and six months packs to choose from with price starting at Rs 13.