Swedish audio streaming service

Spotify (/ˈspɒtɪf/) is an online music streaming service.[3][4] It offers streaming of over 100 million songs and five million podcasts.[3] The service was founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon.[3] Spotify has around 527 million monthly active users. There are two versions of Spotify: a premium monthly subscription service and a free service which is supported by advertising.[3] As of July 2023, Spotify is available in 184 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, India and the United States.

Spotify Technology S.A.
Foundation date2006
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden [1][2]
country of originSweden
Founder(s)Daniel Ek, Martin Lorentzon
Available inMultilingual
Current statusActive



The Spotify web page instantly creates a listing of local music files which the user has stored on their computer or other devices. It does not mechanically duplicate or import the listing of music files. If the user prefers not to use the listing utility it can be inactivated in the preferences software application. The files created on the user’s computer can be imported to any device such as a mobile device with the use of the mobile client, or even upload these files to the Spotify Software Application. Users may only import or copy files that they have legally attained, even though the user has the choice to not utilize the Spotify service to import or copy their content that they have downloaded from other sites illegally online.[5]



In 2023, Spotify acquiesced to pressure from several Israel-aligned and Zionist organizations to remove a Palestinian liberation song, Dammi Falastini by Mohammad Assaf, on the grounds that it is 'anti-Semitic'.


  1. "Spotify 'worth $1bn' inflates dotcom bubble fears". This is Money. 22 February 2011.
  2. "The company HQ is currently in London, UK, with further offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg and New York". Archived from the original on 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Press: Background information". Spotify. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  4. "What is Spotify", How it Works Book of Amazing Technology, Imagine Publishing, p. 113, 2011, ISBN 978-1-908222-0-84
  5. "Music for everyone".

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