Founder and CEO Daniel Ek of Spotify, said earlier this year that a launch in the U.S. would be likely to happen during 2010. At the conference D: Dive Into Mobile, which was organized by The Wall Street Journal, he announced that Spotify will probably not be able launch Spotify in the U.S, according to plan.

“There are more complexities. We have to do deals with music labels, etc. It’s hard, he says. “It’s a business problem and a product problem at the same time.”

Spotify has received favorable terms from the European record companies, but they can not expect to get the same type of agreements in the U.S. In the current situation 750 000 people, only 7.5 percent, of Spotify’s customers are paying to use their services. This figure has doubled since last spring. The rest of the userbase are using the ad-funded free service.

“We have entered an interesting period in time. The major record companies wants to
enter the area. They see the same trend appearing that we have seen come with mobile
and social integration. They want to create the right conditions, with free, ad supprted, and subscription models”, Daniel Ek told IDG News.

Spotify is also trying to sell a subscription service, where users can listen to samples and pay a fee of ten dollars per month to download music. Other music services like Rhapsody and MOG are working on similar concepts, so what is different with Spotify?

“The concept isn’t different, but more people now are consuming more music than ever. You aren’t just a punk rocker, but you may also be listening to old-school blues, etc. Music has to adapt to a consumption model.

(via ComputerSweden)