Music streaming service Spotify became available in Iceland today as part of a larger expansion to eight other countries.
“This is great news,” says Sveinn Birkir Björnsson, who immediately registered for a premium account when he got to work this morning. “We have two of these domestic services, Gogoyoko.com and Tónlist.is, but their selection is nowhere near as large as that offered by Spotify.”
Icelanders can now join its 24 million users with access to 20 million songs, but the potential benefits in Iceland, he says, extend beyond just the music market.
“It’s good to see large companies acquire the rights to set up their services here. Iceland has previously been seen as too small of a market, but if Spotify saw fit to offer their services here, perhaps other large companies like Netflix will see fit to do so as well,” he said.
“Iceland may not be a large market,” Spotify spokesperson Andres Sehr told Vísir.is, “but Spotify is already available in Scandinavia and it seemed natural to come here next rather than looking for new markets. There is also a strong music history and lots of talented musicians here and it will be great to give our users access to Icelandic music.”