Online Music: Spotify Announces Plans to Enter U.S. Market; Register Now For a Beta Invite
You can read the announcement for yourself on the “Spotify is Coming to the U.S.” web page.
According to the page, Spotify will be “coming soon” to the U.S. That’s all we know at this time.
You’ll also find a link to register for an invite so you can be one of the first to try their free service allowing you to listen to music from a massive collection of tracks.
In Europe, where the company has enjoyed a lot of success, they offer 20 hours of streaming music for free each month. In addition, they offer fee-based products that provide more time, offline caching, and options to stream to mobile devices. Specifically what types of packages and fees they’ll offer in the U.S. is TBD.
We’ve been using Spotify for the past few months and it lives up to the massive amounts of positive press and online mentions it has received. In other words, Spotify lives up to the hype. It’s also as good and in most cases better than any of the large, online music services that are available in the U.S.
Finally, the web page makes no mention of any relationship Spotify might have with Facebook. A Facebook/Spotify hookup (of some sorts) that has been mentioned many times in the past few weeks.
NOTE: Facebook will be making an announcement(s) about some new service(s) in about three hours. Perhaps working with Facebook will be one of them.
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