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Spotify: What is It, Why Should I Use It, and How Do I Get In?

Spotify: What is It, Why Should I Use It, and How Do I Get In?

With the Sweden-based on-demand music streaming service finally coming to the US it’s worth revisiting the “award winning service” to see what sets it apart form the others.

It’s been about a week now since Spotify hopped acrosss the Pond and landed on US shores. The Swedish DRM-based music streaming service has been all the rage in Europe for a few years now thanks to less restricitve music licensing regimes, and less apprehension on the part of music labels worried about diluting album purchases with free, ad-supported content.

Those worries were assuaged in the US with $100 million worth of funding guaranatess to finance the costs of streaming copyrighted music regardless of whether or not Spotify turns a profit.

What is Spotify exactly?

Spotify is the first FREE, ON-DEMAND music streaming service with over 15 million tracks to choose from.

“Think of Spotify as your new music collection,” Sptify tells users. “Your library. Only this time your collection is vast: over 15 million tracks and counting.”

What’s so special about it?

Unlike Last.fm or Pandora which only allow you to stream genres of music, Spotify lets you pick and choose whatever song you want without having to pay a dime.

The only catch with the free version is that is that it’s ad-supported and you have to put up with ads in the program browser. It also doesn’t allow streaming to portable devices.

Here are the three different Spotify packages:

  • Spotify Free ” the unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to over 15 million songs on your computer and 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 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 couple of fancy coffees.)
Another interesting feature is Spotify’s social networking integration with services like Twitter and Facebook.
Spotify uses Facebook to find other friends who are using Spotify, giving you access to any playlists that they have created and made “public.” Users can also make public a list of their favorite tracks and artists.

So How Do I Get In?

The service is currently in beta and you have to be invited to check out the service, but NIN frontman Trent Reznor has made his celebrity trove of invites available to the public. As of press time they were still available.

STay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Guest
Guest

Why not just stream music on Youtube? It's seems to me that people only use Spotify so they can link it to social networking sites so that people can see what they've been listen to. The free account only let's one stream online, not offline. I have all these messages on my news feed about what people have listened to. Seems to me that it's all about self-indulgence. 

Melaleuca
Melaleuca

So does it just stream music but not allow you to download it to keep ... Not clear on what it does exactly.

anonymous
anonymous

Spotify isn't the first free online streaming application. ever heard of groovesharK???

Doesn't Matter
Doesn't Matter

Some people are never satisfied, for $5 a month you get all the music you want, another $5 more and you can download it all and take it offline with you always, in CD-quality 320kbs format.This is the best option you'll get before the industry clamps down harder and all the musicians you pretend to like go broke and homeless. Nice work.

anon
anon

The obtrusive advertising is driving me mad. It takes all the parts I hate about Pandora and Grooveshark and combines them into one money grabbing application.

Jared Moya
Jared Moya

well if you want free, non-ad-supported music streaming there's only one option: stream your own music library ;)

zandm7
zandm7

@anon it's called, PAY FOR NO ADS. lol.that aside, it's interesting how people complain about services like Rdio and MOG because there's no free option, and then they complain about free Spotify for being not as good as paid Spotify/Rdio/MOG. guess ya just can't satisfy some individuals, eh?



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