The Spotify Play: How CEO and Founder Daniel Ek Beat Apple, Google, and Amazon in the Race for Audio Dominance

  • 11h 52m 5s
  • Jonas Leijonhufvud, Sven Carlsson
  • Gildan Media
  • 2021

Steve Jobs tried to stop this moment from ever happening. Google and Microsoft made bids to preempt it. The music industry blocked it time and again. Yet, on a summer's eve in 2011, the whiz kid CEO of a Swedish start-up celebrated his company's US launch.

In the midst of the Apple-Android tech war and a music-label crusade against piracy and illegal downloading, Spotify redrew the battle lines, sent shockwaves through Silicon Valley, and got the hardline executives at Universal, Sony, and Warner to sign with its "free-mium" platform.

In The Spotify Play, Swedish investigative tech journalists Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud, who covered the company from its inception, draw upon hundreds of interviews, previously untapped sources, and in-depth reporting on figures like Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker, Steve Jobs, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Pony Ma Huateng, and Jimmy Iovine. They have captured the riveting David vs. Goliath story of a disruptive innovator who played the industry giants in a quest to revolutionize the consumption of sound, building today's largest online source of audio, with more than 50 million songs, one million-plus podcasts, and more than 300 million users.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - A Secret Idea
  • Chapter 2 - The Engineers
  • Chapter 3 - Rågsved
  • Chapter 4 - Party Like it's 1999
  • Chapter 5 - Better Than Piracy
  • Chapter 6 - “Wealth-Type Money”
  • Chapter 7 - All Music for Free
  • Chapter 8 - Bridge to America
  • Chapter 9 - “Schmuck Insurance”
  • Chapter 10 - Sean & Zuck
  • Chapter 11 - “Winter is Coming”
  • Chapter 12 - Spotify TV
  • Chapter 13 - Apple Buys Beats
  • Chapter 14 - Death Valley
  • Chapter 15 - From Nashville to Brooklyn
  • Chapter 16 - Big Data
  • Chapter 17 - Brilliant Sweden
  • Chapter 18 - The Streaming Wars
  • Chapter 19 - Wall Street
  • Chapter 20 - The House That Daniel Built