Spotify looks like it has finally managed to win over the American music labels, with general manager Jonathan Forster telling an ad conference that license deals are being closed "as I speak".

In order to make the deals solid, Forster said that Spotify has had to agree to a faster monetisation strategy in the States. This could mean shorter free music listens each month than the European version of the streaming service.

Tom Forenski of Silicon Valley Watcher spoke to Forster at the Omnicom ad conference, who told him "we won't launch before July 5th"

Spotify currently has over ten million subcribers, with one million premium members. Expansion into the US could see the service grow drastically in size, but plans to launch in America have been delayed for more than a year.

Apple's recently announced iTunes Match could dissuade many from the paid version of the freemium service, along with Music Beta by Google and Amazon Cloud Player, all of which are already successful in the US.

Pandora also poses major problems to Spotify in the States, with an already well installed user base taking advantage of its service.

Pandora good enough? Or you want to give Spotify a go?

Hunter Skipworth

The baby of the Lint team, Hunter has been a tech fan since he bought his first MiniDisc..and what a waste of money that was. He began writing about electronics at the age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. Nowadays he fulfils his mobile phone and gaming obsession whilst attempting to distract people from his bizarre name. Regular meetings with the Gladiators crew see Hunter often returning to work battered and bruised. Considers himself a music obsessive, was once the most highly decorated scout in the country. Fan of trousers.