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“Did Google want to do this deal with Spotify because it was an agitator, or because it wanted Spotify in the Play Store?”

I think you can guess Kochikar’s answer.

But she also pointed out that Spotify “was one of the biggest ad customers as well,” and said Spotify was an important partner because it’s “excellent at investing with us in nacent platforms before they become critical,” like Android Auto.

Spotify was an agitator, though — and got a special, secret deal from Google.