You know with your motto "It's like piracy, but better, because the creator makes money," I really think you guys could turn a good profit on streaming movies and tv shows. You could partner with the rights holder to stream the specific content or setup an aggregator system where people can sell their own indie movies on Spotify. Sure, it would probably increase your server space, but the money being received from it could be much more than the cost of a few more servers and warehouses each month. Free users could watch with multiple ad breaks in between like on television, while premium or a slightly more expensive premium for movies and tv shows could watch without ad breaks. Maybe free users could watch in Standard Definition with ads and premium watch in HD without ads. Another option would be an option to pay for a movie to stream without ad breaks, that way it encourages users to either subscribe for all content or constantly pay for different movies they want to watch. In a way it would be similar to a movie theater, but online. I hope you consider it since most media selling platforms like iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon already sell movies and tv shows along with music, but you could be the first to stream it and be VERY successful. From a business standpoint, I only see one way of losing: if everyone just pirates from now on and forever, but that would put your music streaming out of business as well, so triple threat or just music? Your choice.
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Spotify, if you could implement far more Asian music, such as songs from BACK ON, Girls Dead Monster and FUNKIST, it would be amazing. If you are not aware, the popularity of anime has been increasing exponentially, and as such, the very popular opening and ending songs would be amazing to see available in places like spotify. Just read this article, which was only produced in 2009: http://ezinearticles.com/?Rising-Popularity-of-Anime&id=2994930. Not only that, but that was in 2009 , almost 5 years ago, and I can tell you that that popularity has not stopped increasing. Netflix, Hulu and Crunchyroll are well aware of this, and it shows in their many recent additions of anime available to watch, the addition of an anime category, and the addition of movies similar to these amines, if not based on them. As such, many more amazing Japanese songs have been featured in both the openings and the closings of these amines and movies, and I have found myself really truly wanting these songs. However, on Xbox Music, on Pandora, and also on Spotify, these wonderful songs were nowhere to be seen. Please, Spotify, please make this happen. It's not just me, either. There is a very, very large audience for these songs, which have only scratched the surface of the Japanese music industry, and would be overjoyed to see these songs in an easily accessible place like Spotify. Another thing to consider is that at this point in time, the only way to acquire these songs is through illegal downloads and manipulation of YouTube's mp3 player website, as well as the slightly more time-consuming bypass of the ip limitations, which I believe is illegal and hard to do, and I'm still not sure you can access the music that way, as I have never tried it. However, my point is that this doesn't benefit the artists at all, and the music obtained these ways is hardly high quality. If Spotify, however, were to sign a partnership or deal of some kind with the major Japanese labels, the artists would benefit extremely from being exposed to a wide new market of music-loving fans; we would benefit from the high quality amazing music they put out, and save ourselves from the unwieldy downloads from illegal sites, which many people can not use anyways; and Spotify itself would benefit, with far more people with interests differing from just American and European songs signing up for premium. And before you say to look at number 5 on the help list or whatever it is, I must tell you that this is a post on Japanese music in general: If you think I know every artist worth listening to, or have time to input tens or even hundreds of different Japanese music bands, never mind the songs and the research necessary, think again. I appreciate your consideration for these ideas you allow your community to put up, and I hope you take what I've said here into consideration. Thank you for your time.
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