Allow Universal Records and PolyEast Records to be playable on Spotify Philippines

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When Spotify launches in the Philippines last April 2014, the way we consume music gradually changes. Because of music streaming, piracy is expected to decrease from time to time.

At the time Spotify is now available in the Philippines, all OPM contents were playable especially from Universal Records Philippines (URP) and PolyEast Records. Few days later, all tracks from them are gone. Those are still available on Spotify database but it is unplayable in the Philippines. Which means if you use a US-based, Singapore-based or Malaysia-based Spotify account, those tracks from two local record labels are playable in the specified country. Other local record labels like Star Music, GMA Records, Viva Records and others are still on Spotify until now including their new releases. Blocking contents from URP and PolyEast on Spotify in the Philippines forces and pushes consumers to go back to piracy.

Now all, most or some of our favorite OPM tracks from Parokya ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Sam Concepcion, CallalilyKarylle, Kyla, TJ Monterde and others are unplayable in the Philippines. Although there are some contents from URP and PolyEast are playable such as Bamboo's Bless This Mess, Gary Valenciano's Gold and Rico Blanco's Dating Gawi but this is not enough for consumers to be happy with them.

Some artists encourage us to use Spinnr, Deezer and Apple Music to stream URP and PolyEast contents but this is not enough for us to use the alternative one. Some users still prefer Spotify because of the user-friendly features and its curated playlist for every mood. All streaming sites pass to the licensing agreement first before making it available to users for listening. Some of them are refused to make it available in some countries, yet some consumers are working for it for fellow consumers to make it available in some countries as well.

Removing the restriction from blocking contents from streaming on Spotify in the Philippines will not work solely by me. Complaining to URP and PolyEast about Spotify content availability by myself will not work. They will snub it. In short, "seen-zoned". We need your cooperation. By simply sharing this petition to fellow OPM fans especially who uses Spotify, they will listen to us. Tag their social media accounts especially from artists who has been signed on that respective labels until this petition will be spread like a virus.

If URP and PolyEast listen to us but still refuses this request, they must release their respective official statement why they don't allow their artists to stream their contents to Philippine users and only to other countries where Spotify is available. Whether they will allow it for not, I would like to thanks all of you for your cooperation and understanding about this petition.

If you have any questions and concerns about this petition, please send me an email to dxedsuckit(at)gmail(dot)com. Your comments and feedbacks are highly appreciated on that, whether you are for or against this petition.



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