What you need to know
- Spotify users in India are now able to stream major artists from Warner Music.
- The streaming service launched in India without any Warner Music artists because of a legal battle with Warner India's publishing arm.
- Both organizations resolved the issue earlier this year, and Indian listeners can now stream from Warner's extensive roster of artists.
Spotify launched in India just over a year ago, and while it was a long-awaited debut, there was a problem. Spotify ran into licensing issues with Warner India's publishing arm, so the service debuted without any content from Warner's extensive roster.
The streaming service settled the issue by inking a licensing deal earlier this year, and now Spotify has announced that Indian listeners can access artists from Warner Music. It's a big deal, because Warner has a massive roster that includes the likes of Linkin Park, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Ed Sheeran, and more. From Spotify:
Anyway, what you need to know is that if you're using Spotify in India, you can access a much more comprehensive catalog of music. Considering Spotify Premium costs just ₹119 ($1.56) a month in India, that's a fantastic deal. The family plan is also just as enticing at just ₹179 ($2.35) a month.
Spotify has an unmatched recommendation engine, and with Warner Music's catalog going live in India, it is one of the best streaming services in the country. You can choose from a vast selection of international or local artists, stream on Chromecast-enabled devices, and download songs for offline use.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.