Spotify sign up Universal ahead of US launch?

Reports of secured deals with more major labels

Spotify in the USA moving one step closer?

Spotify and its streaming music service could be nearing launch in the US with reports that it has now secured a licensing deal with major music label Universal.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Spotify already has EMI and Sony on its side while also being in "advanced discussions" with Warner in anticipation of a breaking out of Europe.

There are no details yet of whether the Swedish based company is in talks with the independents but it is likely that getting them on board would be key to its success.

In the most recent developments to its current service in Europe, iPod syncing, wireless iPhone sync and a MP3 store arrived in a major update earlier this year which also included more restrictions for Spotify Free users.

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Link: Music Week