Spotify didn’t take long to fill its vacant chief technology officer position. The European streaming music provider said today that Oskar Stål, who spent eight years at mobile commerce service provider mBlox, has joined the company as CTO. Stål’s arrival comes just over a month after the abrupt but reportedly amicable departure of Andreas Ehn as CTO.
Well-funded Spotify’s revenue strategy places great importance on success in the mobile sphere. It offers both a free streaming service that includes advertising on the desktop, as well as a premium version that eliminates ads and is accessible on mobile phones. Spotify had intended to introduce its service in the U.S. sometime in late 2009, but recently pushed the launch back to 2010 as content owners have stalled licensing deals for their music catalogs. The service is currently available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain.