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And lo, the Swedish invasion came, and the US was very excited indeed. Spotify's website is now letting US users download the desktop application, but first you've got to choose between the three monthly pricing-tiers: free, $5, or $10.

Dip your toe into the free pool first, sure, but you'll soon expire the free 10 hours' listening per month, in which case I recommend the Unlimited option, which costs $5 a month for advertising-free unlimited music streaming. You can see a full break-down of the different options here, otherwise wait a while for our review and how-to guide.

Paid-for accounts have been activated immediately, but if you're waiting for a free account, that might take a bit longer—bear with us while we await the full details. [Spotify]

UPDATE: Spotify has confirmed to us that free accounts have unlimited streaming, unlike European accounts which were recently capped at 10 hours per month.

Spotify, the largest and fastest growing music service of its kind, is available from today in the US. We're massively excited to be here.

Spotify is a new way to manage your music, discover new tracks and share songs and playlists with your friends. Now you can enjoy music whenever and wherever you like.

More than 10 million Europeans can't be wrong, surely?

OK, so they are wrong when it comes to spelling ‘favourite' and ‘doughnut'. But they know a great music service when they see it.

Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, out of a desire to develop a better, more convenient and legal alternative to music piracy. Spotify is now the second single largest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe (IFPI, April 2011), making sure that artists get a fair deal.

Spotify has more than 10 million registered users and more than 1.6 million paying subscribers across 7 countries in Europe; the US marks the 8th territory. With a ratio of well over 15% paying subscribers to active free users, Spotify is the largest and fastest growing service of its kind.

One lean, green, music machine

Spotify gives you on-demand access (with no buffering) to a library of more than 15 million songs. What's more, you can import the MP3s you already own with just one click, to create a mighty music player. And with Spotify, there's no need to skip tracks you don't like. Why? Because you choose the music in the first place.
It's super simple to create and manage all your playlists with Spotify – our users have made and shared over 250 million of them so far. You can also discover the most popular playlists on sites like www.sharemyplaylists.com and www.bbcify.com, or use clever sites like www.spotiseek.com to create playlists of new music based on your favorite artists.
Music is made for sharing. Simply drag and drop music to your Spotify friends, or share with them via Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS. See your friends' top tracks, artists and playlists via their Spotify profiles, subscribe to their playlists and drop tracks into their Spotify inbox. How very sociable.
Take your music with you by installing Spotify on your cellphone or iPod Touch. Wirelessly sync your MP3 playlists to listen offline and subscribe to Spotify Premium to combine your own music with access to our catalogue of over 15 million tracks. It's the perfect music player.

The Land of the Free, the Unlimited and the Premium

During our invite-only beta phase, Spotify offers three great services, from absolutely free to paid subscriptions. All of Spotify's services include the features listed above.

· Spotify Free – the unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to over 15 million songs on your computer, great social features, manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your cellphone or iPod. Features occasional advertising.

· Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $4.99 a month.

· Spotify Premium - the all-singing, all-dancing, top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your cellphone and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $9.99 a month (that's the equivalent of a few fancy coffees).

Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify, said: "We believe that music is the most social thing there is and that's why we've built the best social features into Spotify for easy sharing and the ultimate in music discovery. Even if you aren't a total music freak, chances are you have a friend who is and whose taste you admire. I'm looking forward to connecting with some of you in Spotify and discovering some cool new tracks."

Spotify's US launch is in partnership with some of the biggest and most pioneering brands in the world, who want to help us spread the word of Spotify in the USA. Our exclusive launch partners are Coca-Cola and Sprite, Chevrolet, Motorola, Reebok, Sonos and The Daily. These brands will all be launching innovative campaigns in partnership with Spotify in the coming weeks and months.

Ken Parks, Chief Content Officer and Managing Director of Spotify North America, said: "Spotify was founded as a better, simpler alternative to piracy. So making sure that the people who create the music prosper is hugely important to us. We have full catalogues from all the major labels and a raft of independent labels including those represented by Merlin, which means all of their artists are being fairly compensated for their creativity every time people enjoy music through Spotify."



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great news, in my opinion. Will you use it?
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What's wrong with it?
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I'll continue using methods that shouldn't mentioned on this forum.

And i don't live in the US. Also - no adverts with music, kkthnxbai.
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What's wrong with it?


The new limits they brought in for the free accounts in Europe. It's not only down to 10 hours but you can only listen to each song 5 times. A lot of the people who used the free service where teenagers who couldn't afford however much it was per month for the unlimited or premium accounts, so they lost a lot of users.
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The new limits they brought in for the free accounts in Europe. It's not only down to 10 hours but you can only listen to each song 5 times. A lot of the people who used the free service where teenagers who couldn't afford however much it was per month for the unlimited or premium accounts, so they lost a lot of users.


That sucks

Good thing free users here get unlimited time. Too bad about the 5 time limit though. I wouldn't pay for this service if I didn't have to.
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10 million Europeans can't be wrong?????? Somebody needs a history lesson.
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The new limits they brought in for the free accounts in Europe. It's not only down to 10 hours but you can only listen to each song 5 times. A lot of the people who used the free service where teenagers who couldn't afford however much it was per month for the unlimited or premium accounts, so they lost a lot of users.


They kept the loyal customers who dont take music completely for granted, and will therefore pay £5 a month for almost unlimited music.

Dont give me the BS that the majority of people cant afford it. Thats just over 1 hours work in the lowest of paid jobs.
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They kept the loyal customers who dont take music completely for granted, and will therefore pay £5 a month for almost unlimited music.

Dont give me the BS that the majority of people cant afford it. Thats just over 1 hours work in the lowest of paid jobs.


and a 13-17 year old kid without a job or credit card?
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They kept the loyal customers who dont take music completely for granted, and will therefore pay £5 a month for almost unlimited music.

Dont give me the BS that the majority of people cant afford it. Thats just over 1 hours work in the lowest of paid jobs.


In a market with few jobs Don't start this shit again, it ruins almost any thread that even hints at it.

You're basically one of those employers that goes;

'lolololo experience needed at all costs'

'but...but... i can learn... please teach me, i'll take the job'

'LOL NAH'

The job woes of the young and over-qualified.
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They kept the loyal customers who dont take music completely for granted, and will therefore pay £5 a month for almost unlimited music.

Dont give me the BS that the majority of people cant afford it. Thats just over 1 hours work in the lowest of paid jobs.


Didn't you read my post? I said a lot of the users were in their teens, therefore probably not employed. If I were to prioritse things in life, paying for Spotify would be somewhere near the bottom of the list. It would be nice to have, yes, but if I have other things to spend my money on it's going to go else where.
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and a 13-17 year old kid without a job or credit card?


I started work at 16, guess it's just tough luck under that age - but I reckon many parents would be more than happy to supply a fiver for their kid to listen to music.

I didnt want to derail the thread - I just hate people bitching about having ads or time limits when they get music for free anyway.
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They kept the loyal customers who dont take music completely for granted, and will therefore pay £5 a month for almost unlimited music.

Dont give me the BS that the majority of people cant afford it. Thats just over 1 hours work in the lowest of paid jobs.

Lots of working people can't afford to pay for frivolous things like music streaming. I'm happy for your standing in life though. Apparently you've "made it".
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Didn't you read my post? I said a lot of the users were in their teens, therefore probably not employed. If I were to prioritse things in life, paying for Spotify would be somewhere near the bottom of the list. It would be nice to have, yes, but if I have other things to spend my money on it's going to go else where.


Yeah, I agree - sorry! Didnt want to create a shitstorm
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I started work at 16, guess it's just tough luck under that age - but I reckon many parents would be more than happy to supply a fiver for their kid to listen to music.

I didnt want to derail the thread - I just hate people bitching about having ads or time limits when they get music for free anyway.


Because your personal history dictates what is right

And ofc, all parents will dish out like 60 pound a year for a kids music? I'd just tell them to use youtube or other means *ahem*

Ads and music is bad.
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Perhaps. I was always pissed when I went to Spotify and it's like "lol Americans can't use it."


It used to be the only thing in the world that denied America any access. I miss those days.

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10 million Europeans can't be wrong?????? Somebody needs a history lesson.

Hahahaha
Seriously though. **** the american labels for demanding so much of spotify that it's now almost useless.
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Listening to all these comments is ridiculous. Can someone give me a good reason why music SHOULD be free?? It's really completely illogical.
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It used to be the only thing in the world that denied America any access. I miss those days.


Pretty sure iPlayer doesn't. At least it didn't last time I tried it.
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Listening to all these comments is ridiculous. Can someone give me a good reason why music SHOULD be free?? It's really completely illogical.


dont start that one -http://www.broowaha.com/articles/3200/all-music-should-be-free

theres arguments either way
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Listening to all these comments is ridiculous. Can someone give me a good reason why music SHOULD be free?? It's really completely illogical.


Yeh i mean like, we should totally charge for human interaction aswel.
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Listening to all these comments is ridiculous. Can someone give me a good reason why music SHOULD be free?? It's really completely illogical.


it should be free because I can get it for free. If I become a famous musician, obviously everybody should pay for music.
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last time i checked they didn't have anything by the beatles but it was still alright.
i was invited to it by a premium member who got the premium membership by being one of the first few to join it around the time of napster and all that... so i seemed to get all the unlimited time but had to listen to ads every now and again.
i don't bother with it anymore... you can listen to anything on youtube. i believe there's something similar called deezer as well which is popular.
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I got a bunch of invites and lists if anyone is interested. Might just as well PM me or leave a profile comment since this thread will be closed soon, like all the spotify threads mysteriously do.


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Listening to all these comments is ridiculous. Can someone give me a good reason why music SHOULD be free?? It's really completely illogical.

cuz liek the record compaines getz all the money not realy ppl work there u shud b able to downloadz for free!!!?!!! im not payin for musik it only goes to bad ppl if u want 2 pay an artist see dem on a tour!!!!!!??!!

No really I don't know. I can understand if you can't pay because you're poor, but don't try to justify it by some meaningless, self-entitled bullshit.
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it should be free because I can get it for free. If I become a famous musician, obviously everybody should pay for music.


Classic

It's basically like, you're offered two options of getting something. On one hand, you can get it for free, on one you can't.

And getting the free one requires even less effort than getting the one that costs. It's really a pretty obvious decision you'll make.
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I've had Spotify for time. Haven't had any ads.

It's a great tool, yanks. Use it.
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I've had Spotify for time. Haven't had any ads.

It's a great tool, yanks. Use it.

how long is time, exactly? you may have a premium membership for being a dinosaur.
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I don't even know

I pay for it though

Well worth it, like £10 a month I tink

I mean you'd spend that on 1.7 albums

And normally I come out of music shops with at least 5
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dont start that one -http://www.broowaha.com/articles/3200/all-music-should-be-free

theres arguments either way

He's basically saying you should put out all your music for free, and if people feel like it they should donate to the band. Which is... kind of what we got now, except they're "putting it out for free" instead of people "downloading it illegally", and you "donate" instead of "paying like you normally would". And he's the only reason for doing so is because you can promote your band better. Which I'm guessing will lead to more revenue., ie more money for you.

I like what Radiohead did with "in rainbows" but in the end you are paying for it, kind of like you would with spotify if you end up liking it, similar to how you would buy a physical CD after downloading it illegally first.
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I don't understand people who complain that Spotify sucks because the free service isn't good anymore... pay FIVE DOLLARS a month for tens of millions of tracks, or for ten dollars, you can sync to your iPod or phone to keep it. I don't see what there is to moan about.

I haven't opened up windows media player in weeks since getting Spotify Premium.
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Awesome, I was saddened when I couldn't use it before. I'll certainly be buying the full version when I get a small bit of extra cash. And I expect I'll stop downloading altogether now, I'd basically stopped already except for once in a while but I don't see a reason to now.
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How is it any better than something like Grooveshark?
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How is it any better than something like Grooveshark?


It's legal.
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#37
I probably won't use it since it's not available for Ubuntu.

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How is it any better than something like Grooveshark?

I was just about to ask this.

I don't understand the fascination with Spotify when there are better services out there. Unlimited plays, optional registration, no audio ads.

From what I understand, Grooveshark allows record labels to register with them so they get a share of the advertising profits, and a lot of labels already have. Besides, I wonder how much of The Pit really cares about whether or not their source of music is legal.
#39
I'm using it right now, just got invited earlier today. It's pretty good for what it is but grooveshark is better in my opinion.
#40
Is this just Pandora? I don't see why I shouldn't just use Pandora.
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