Sean Parker and Daniel Ek on Apple, Playlists and the End of the CD: The D10 Highlights (Video)

CD’s aren’t cool. You know what’s cool? Playlists.

Daniel Ek

Co-Founder and CEO

A serial entrepreneur and technologist who started his first company at the age of 14, the Spotify co-founder’s love of music -- the guitar in particular -- led him to innovate in the entertainment and fashion community (Stardoll) to the buying and selling of unique items (Tradera, acquired by eBay) to advertising (Tradera, snatched up by TradeDoubler). Also: Challenge him to a game of FIFA championship soccer at your peril.

Posts With Daniel Ek

Spotify’s Daniel Ek on Competition, Controversy and Crossing Over Into the Mainstream

“We’ve proved that you can actually make this a business,” says the streaming music service’s CEO. Next step: Making it a really big business, while fighting off new competition.
(Photo by Jason DeCrow/Spotify)


A Penny for Your Song? Spotify Spills Details on Artist Payments.

Ever wondered how much an artist gets every time you click their song on services like Spotify?

Now It’s Spotify’s Turn to Get Attacked by Rock Stars

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke does the honors, while Pandora gets a pass. For now!

Kill’ Em All! Then Do Business With Them.

Lars just left my house in NYC. The litigation between us in 2000 is now a distant memory.

— Napster co-founder Sean Parker, talking about Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, via a 4:03 am Twitter post. Metallica had sued the file-sharing service, but now Parker and the band are business partners: Yesterday Metallica announced that it is distributing its music on Spotify, where Parker is an investor.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek on Profits, Label Deals and Angry Musicians: “We’re Doing Really, Really Well”

Just about every digital music service is struggling. Not Spotify, says its CEO. And he says the musicians who are complaining about their payouts are going to come around.

Spotify Up to 5 Million Paid Subscribers

Big numbers from a company with big expectations.
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Spotify’s Sean Parker and Daniel Ek Make Music — And Some Noise: The Full D10 Interview (Video)

They stream the songs that make the whole world sing.

Backstage With Aaron Sorkin, Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker: The KatieCam Highlight Reel

What kind of music do you listen to when you write “The West Wing”? Katie Boehret gets that scoop and more when she catches up with D10 guests, offstage but on camera.
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Day Two at D10 in Tweets and Pictures

D attendees add their voices and images to the voices and images coming from the stage.

Sean Parker and Daniel Ek on Apple, Playlists and the End of the CD: The D10 Highlights (Video)

CD’s aren’t cool. You know what’s cool? Playlists.

Spotify vs. the Pirates (Video)

Spotify Tries a Facebook. Smart.

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