DRM-based music streaming service Spotify has announced that it will be
offering its music services to U.S. residents starting today.
Spotify, which launched in October 2008, provides streaming of select music
from many major and independent record labels. It is available on several
different operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X, Linus, iOS, Android,
webOS, Telia Digital-tv, Sonos and S60.
Spotify is launching three types of
services during its beta phase in the U.S. The first service is
called "Spotify Free," which is a free service that allows users to
access over 15 million songs on their computer and enjoy social features. Users
can also manage music files and
sync music with their phone or iPod with buffer-free access. The downside is
that this service features ads, and it is also invite-only.
The second service Spotify will offer is "Spotify Unlimited," which
allows users to enjoy everything offered in the free service, but without
advertisements. This service costs $4.99 per month.
The third service offered is "Spotify Premium," which gives users
access to music online or offline, listen to music on many devices other
than the computer, enhanced sound quality and access to special
offers, competitions and other content. This service costs $9.99 per month.
These services combine music and social
features, allowing friends on Spotify to exchange musical tastes and
find new music. Spotify is partnering with companies like Reebok, Motorola,
Sonos, The Daily, Coca Cola and Sprite to offer these services, and these
brands will also release campaigns in the future.
Users can sign up for an invite here, or can directly purchase the Unlimited or
Premium services here.