In 2016, you better believe competition among music streaming services is growing at a rapid rate as the consumer market keeps growing. Spotify announced today that they will try to raise $500 million through convertible bonds from a series of scheduled investor meetings. According to TechCrunch, the money would be acquired in the form of a loan that Spotify will pay 4% on. Those who help raise the desired amount of $500 million will be able to convert that money into Spotify shares later on — the discount they receive depends on when the company decides to go public.
The Spotify fundraising efforts may also be in response to another music streaming service on the rise called Deezer. The news about Spotify comes about a week after an announcement that Deezer had raised an additional $109 million. Spotify has been on the defensive though, adding new features and activating video services for Android in order to combat the growing competition. When it comes to music streaming services, this is war.