Spotify once set a goal of infiltrating the U.S. market before the end of 2010, which on hindsight turned out to be overly ambitious. Perhaps the first half of 2011 will prove a bit more reasonable.
The European streaming music service isn't bound for North American homes just yet, though it took a giant leap towards that goal by signing a U.S. distribution deal with Sony, All Things Digital reports .
Under terms of the deal, which are being passed on by "multiple sources," none of which include Sony or Spotify, the streaming music service will offer a set number of hours per month of free streaming music, with the option of shelling out for an ad-free version. There will also be a service compatible with mobile devices.
For this to actually happen, All Things Digital says Spotify needs at least one more major music to hop on board, and preferably Universal Music Group, the largest of them all.