It appears that hot streaming music startup Spotify will launch in the Netherlands on May 18 if Dutch news reports and their own manager there are to be believed.
Currently Spotify operate in Britain, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Finland. But not yet the US, even though they have confirmed their CTO is over there right now looking into servers (see interview with Paul Brown, Spotify’s go-between man with the music labels, below).
Tobias Edström, manager for Spotify Netherlands (ah, now there’s a giveaway) told music blog Vpro.nl that “I have been here since January working on the launch and searching for an office. Meanwhile my sales and account manager have also come over.”
The Netherlands is a potentially a good market for Spotify as it has a very high Internet penetration.
Evidently Spotify delayed its launch there because it had been looking to partner locally with an ISP or cable operator but will now do so independently.