A new Netflix series, The Playlist, tells the story of Spotify and its unlikely rise to streaming supremacy.
Inspired by the book Spotify Untold by Swedish investigative tech journalists Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud, the six-part miniseries chronicles how Spotify founder Daniel Ek (Vikings actor Edvin Endre) and his partners managed to “challenge the status quo by evolving the way we can all listen to music,” according to Netflix.
“In this fictionalized account, a Swedish tech entrepreneur and his partners set out to revolutionize the music industry with a legal streaming platform,” the company said.
Founded in 2006 as a legal alternative to music pirating platforms like Pirate Bay, Spotify utilized streaming technology to disrupt the recording industry’s traditional modes of distribution, allowing users to listen to music without having to buy or steal it, ultimately reshaping the way music is consumed.
The Playlist was directed by Per-Olav Sørensen with a cast that includes Gizem Erdogan as lawyer and longtime Spotify employee Petra Hansson and Joel Lützow as Spotify’s CTO Andreas Ehn alongside Ulf Stenberg, Christian Hillborg, and the Swedish singer Janice Kamya Kavander. Each episode is 45 minutes long.
The Playlist is now available to stream via Netflix. Watch the trailer below—it is in Swedish with English subtitles—but don’t worry, the program is available with English overdubs.
The Playlist Official Trailer