Swedish music streaming service expands beyond Europe for first time after two years of negotiations with record companies.

This article titled “Spotify announces launch in the US” was written by Jemima Kiss, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 14th July 2011 00.46 UTC

It has taken two years of intense wrangling with record companies and triggered wave after wave of speculation about future business models for the industry – now Spotify, the Swedish streaming music service, has finally announced that it will launch in the world's biggest music market, the US, on Thursday.

Spotify's US launch has been dependent on signing deals with the four largest record labels – Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner Music – though Warner is understood to have only completed the deal on Wednesday this week.

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