12 Spotify Facts To Stream Into Our Brains

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12 Spotify Facts To Stream Into Our Brains

Swedish streaming giant Spotify has been in the public eye for a myriad of controversies, from the exodus of musicians over Joe Rogan’s COVID-19 misinformation to its much maligned artist payment methods, but the company’s history is as verified as its extensive artist catalog. Despite the prevalence of streaming music (and streaming EVERYthing, really) today, it's easy to forget that this was far from the dominant form of accessing music even relatively recently. In the before times, when home internet dripped slowly through physical pipes and tubes, streaming wasn't even an option, and even when internet speeds caught up to demand most people downloaded copies of albums and movies to play locally off their computer. Enter: Napster. Yes, it was sailing the high seas that brought the idea of moving music over the internet into the public consciousness. 

Let’s take a look at some of the successes and misfires of the controversial company. 

Podcasts are taking center stage.

Spotify is shifting focus to podcasts. GRACKED.COM While founded as a music streaming service, podcasts have slowly become Spotify's focus. The company has attributed music of its growth over the past few years to its growing podcast acquisitions like The Joe Rogan Experience.

Variety / SEJ 

The CEO invests in the military.

Daniel Ek invests in Al military tech. SUITS SU CRACKED.COM In late 2021 Spotify CEO drew ire after it was reported that he invested 100 million euros in the German company Helsing, which makes Al-driven defense and security software.

NME / Variety 

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