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Spotify Tries To Break China, But Will Find Strong Local Competition

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There can scarcely be a bigger market for free music than piracy-loving China – so news that Spotify is planning to launch there seems like a natural fit. Chinese media firm Tom Group tells Reuters it is working with the music streaming app to provide the service over desktop and mobile, and Spotify confirms it to MusicAlly.

“Tencent, Sina (NSDQ: SINA), Baidu (NSDQ: BIDU) and three main telecom operators including China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom all have their own music online streaming portals already,” writes Media Asia, which hears from BDA analyst Liu Ning: “Many local websites are already providing the same free services in China for online music streaming. I don