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Spotify U.K. No Longer Profitable, and Last Week’s Top News

Posted by Glen Sears | October 19, 2015 10:39 am | No Comments

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Story of the Week

Spotify U.K. Subscription Revenues Climb as Overall Profits Fall
The U.K. arm of Spotify experienced strong growth in its subscription and advertising revenues last year, but still posted a £1.2 million ($1.5 million) loss after taxation, according to the company’s latest set of financial results, which cover the year 2014.

The rise in sales was not enough, however, to prevent the London-based company reporting an overall loss for the year after taxation of £1.2 million ($1.5 million) — a significant slide when compared to the previous calendar year when Spotify recorded a profit of £2.6 million ($4 million).

The loss can be partially attributed to a sizeable rise in cost of sales — a category that includes royalties paid to labels and publishers — which jumped from £96.2 million ($148 million) in 2013 to £124.4 million ($191.7 million) last year. “Individual company reports are not necessarily a reflection of the whole company, one way or the other,” a Spotify spokesperson maintained in a statement provided to Billboard.

Read more on Billboard: http://bit.ly/1GeFiF5

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Surprising Discoveries

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New Study Shows 66% Of U.S. Streams Music, Amazon #1 Paid Music Service – Streaming music is growing even faster than we thought, according to a new U.S. study, and Amazon is the #1 choice for those who pay for streaming. That Amazon’s music costs are bundled with shipping and other services could provide a hint as to how music streamers can gain more paid subscribers. Read More

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