Spotify in 'advanced' talks to acquire SoundCloud: Report

Boasting more than 40 million subscribers, Spotify is said to make a play on one of its rivals.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor
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Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire rival SoundCloud, according to The Financial Times, as Spotify looks to continue its lead in online music streaming.

Purposed terms of the deal weren't shared, and it's not known why Spotify wants to buy SoundCloud.

Perhaps Spotify is interested in adding SoundCloud's social features to its already robust streaming service or wants access SoundCloud's wide array of indie and independent music.

A Spotify representative declined to comment on the report.

Spotify boasts 40 million paying subscribers, giving it a lead over Apple Music's 17 million users. The Berlin-based company has raised $1.5 billion in funding, which includes a $1 billion debt deal earlier this year. Rumors have pointed to Spotify eyeing a public offering in the future.

If a deal were to go through, it's not clear how Twitter, which bought a $70 million stake in SoundCloud earlier this year, would factor in the equation.

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