A couple months back, a story reporting a deal/partnership between Apple Music and Dubset began to surface. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Dubset is a digital content distributor that allows for the hosting of unlicensed mixes, remixes, etc. in a legal manner. Following in the footsteps of Apple Music, Spotify has also now struck a deal with Dubset.
“Our number one job at Spotify is to deliver great music to fans whenever and wherever they want to listen to it,” Spotify’s Stefan Blom said. “This deal with Dubset enables us to serve fans of dance music with the mixes they crave while ensuring that artists, labels and publishers get paid fairly. It’s a great day for music fans all over the world.”
The move will undoubtedly have the biggest effect on streaming rival SoundCloud, which caters mainly to the underground production community and has long been the go-to spot for hosting unlicensed mixes, remixes, and mashups (although often illegally). With Apple Music and Spotify now both welcoming in the main community of SoundCloud users, will people begin to migrate to new services? Only time will tell.
Stephen White, Dubset CEO, shared some of his own thoughts on the partnership:
“This is a major milestone for DJs and music fans all over the world. Our technology platform makes it possible for us to identify and pay rights holders in DJ mixes, making this enormously popular music genre available on the world’s most popular streaming service for the very first time. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the team at Spotify to deliver this content to music fans all over the world.”
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[By Sam Waggoner]