A few weeks back, Spotify discussed implementing a two-week delay on the new releases, which meant free users would only have access to new albums a fortnight after their release date. This measure was initially made available to giant Universal Music under their new licensing deal earlier this month, but up until now no new albums seem to have thrown into the two-week "window" (DAMN. was released on Universal and was instantly available for all).

Spotify has now revealed that the new paywall service will also be available to indie labels, since the company has reached an agreement with Merlin, an agency that represents digital rights for the likes of Sub Pop, Domino, Jagjaguwar, Warp, Merge, ANTI, Matador, and many others.

Much has been said about the profitability of free streaming services, but is Spotify's latest move the answer? I for one am totally in favour of paying for listening to new releases, it's the business model and ridiculously low percentages paid to the artists I'm against.