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No more VPN: Spotify could be launching in India this month end

Spotify has accidentally announced that it would be launching in India as soon as 31 January in an updated version of its end-user terms and conditions for India (hat tip - Aroon Deep). Variety reported the same possible launch date, adding that Spotify was entering India solely on the back of its recent deal with T-Series. Spotify has not finalized deals with three other major music labels Sony, Universal, Warner. However, Variety also reported that the India launch was being held because of the low royalty Spotify initially offered for the free-trial period, which was dramatically lower than what domestic services would offer. It added that Spotify will be available in English, and music in five languages during the initial launch, and will later look at expanding into different regional markets, as the music market in India is dominated by Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Bengali music. Extended free trial 'significantly longer' than 30 days Spotify will launch with an extended (free) trial period that will be reportedly significantly longer than 30 days, which is what it offered in South Africa and Vietnam in 2018. The music streaming market in India is an already crowded space with the likes Amazon Prime Music and Apple Music, and domestic players like Gaana, the newly merged JioSaavn, Wynk and Hungama. It is unclear what Spotify will cost its users every month. Its worth noting that most existing music streaming services offer their service at a monthly price of ₹99, with free trials varying from…

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