ISPAI Welcomes Launch of Independent Online Music Store “Spotify” in the Irish market
ISPAI warmly welcomes the official arrival of independent online music stores in Ireland with the launch this week of the Irish service of “Spotify”. The Association has long called for such a move, stating that the provision of innovative online music distribution services is the way of the future. While we already have facilities such as eircom music hub and iTunes, which are tied to customers of a particular service or equipment brand, this differs as its users can be connected through any Irish ISP. We also believe that the “premium service” which allows downloading of purchases for offline use in this more open environment is a major step forward by the particpating members of the music industry.
Looking forward, we would like to see the development of competition in this marketplace to give further consumer choice. We believe that it is with these legal innovative services that the overwhelming majority of music lovers will desist from trying to obtain illicit copies on the Internet. We reiterate that ISPAI has never condoned the sharing of unlicensed copies of music or other works on the Internet and are delighted to see the Irish public being given this very attractive legal alternative.