Reports are surfacing that Spotify, a popular legal streaming service offered in Europe, has traveled across the pond to set up shop in the United States.
There’s an interesting report on CNet that says that Spotify is now being offered in the US.
Apparently, there is three different ways to use Spotify. The first is that one can use the ad supported streaming side which is free. For $4.99 a month, users can stream with no limits and no ads. For the premium package, it’s $9.99 and, for that, you don’t need an internet connection to listen to the music and the music is at a higher quality.
One can say that this is a positive development in that consumers in more countries are being offered more choices beyond BitTorrent and that there is some incentive to use legal services.
On the other hand, it’s not as though this service is entering an empty market. It will have to find a way to carve out an audience against services such as Pandora and Last.FM – both services being offered in the US already to name just two. So, it will no doubt be interesting to see how well it can integrate itself in to the market.
One advantage that Spotify might have working for it is that some people in the US actually used Spotify by bipassing the geo-restrictions via proxy servers. So some people in the US might already have used it for some time now before they could officially use it. So it’s developed a following even before it has had a chance to officially be in the market – something that could help it expand it’s audience in its early days. No doubt, this will be an interesting player for some to follow.