Feeds

Spotify loses its brain

And cuts prices

Security for virtualized datacentres

The former is a bit of a shocker. You'd expect a CTO for one of the most-talked-about startups to want to stick around, but Spotify has lost its tech supremo. But Anderas Ehn, described as the "brains" of Spotify, doesn't seem to think so. He's got a better offer, he wrote yesterday on his Twitter feed.

Spotify's valuation of over €200m (still climbing) and the prospect of some interesting interesting technical challenges, such as video on demand, wasn't enough to keep him on board.

Ehn is one of the original team of six that set up Spotify, and he designed the system and recruited the developers. He had previously worked with co-founder Daniel Ek at startup Stardoll. Despite professing an admiration for Californian New Age flake Tim 2.0'Reilly, there's no doubt that Ehn's technical team has done a fine job: performance is outstanding, while the system has had to scale rapidly to cope with 2 million users.

Meanwhile new UK subscribers can take advantage of a £6.99 subscription for six months, reports Billboard. The offer expires on November 2, and is effectively an £18 rebate. Tough luck if you signed up to Spotify's tenner-a-month subscription, and if you did the decent thing, and signed up to the annual £120 subscription... then you're a wally.*

In public, Spotify claims a 10 per cent conversion. However, information we've seen suggests this is may not actually be the case - and we'll have much more on this very soon. So you may want to subscribe to our Music & Media Blogorrhea RSS feed to get this news before somebody else. ®

*Oops Billboard goofed, and there is no way to get the offer. Spotify apparently sent out emails experimenting with various offers to a limited number of existing users, it seems. Sorry for the confusion.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.