14 November 2012 - 11:50pm | posted by | 0 comments

Spotify (loss last year $57m) pulls in $100m from investors including Coke

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Digital music service Spotify is pulling in big names in a new $100 million financing round. After the new cash injection , the streaming music service will be valued at about $3 billion, says the New York Times.

One big name becoming a minority investor is said to be Coca Cola, reportedly putting in $10 million. Of the $100 million, half is from Goldman Sachs. Another new investor, Fidelity Investments, is said to be chipping in about 15 percent . The rest is said to be coming from Spotify’s existing investors.

Spotify, founded in Sweden in 2006, came to the United States last year and is now in 17 countries; this week it opened in Ireland and Luxembourg.

The NYT said an investment of $10 million or so would be small for a company like Coca-Cola, with a market cap of $162 billion. "But it is a step toward technology investment for Coke, and it represents a potentially huge new pool of investment sources for digital music."

In April, Coke made an announcement about a marketing partnership with Spotify, with few details other than a promise to help the service reach new markets around the world.

Spotify, has 15 million users around the world, 4 million of them paying subscribers. It is not yet profitable, losing last year about $57 million on $236 million in revenue.

Streaming music services around the world are however attracting big investments. Last month, Deezer, a French rival of Spotify , raised $130 million, largely from Access Industries, the holding company controlled by Len Blavatnik that owns the Warner Music Group.

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