As Expected, Streaming Music Provider Spotify Launches in the U.S.; Intros and User Guides
Five weeks ago we mentioned that you could register to receive an invite to try the free version of Spotify service when it launched for the U.S. market.
Today, the service went live and invites are now rolling out. You can continue to register for one here.
We also pointed out that through a VPN we had been using the free version of their UK service for several months and LOVE it.
Of course, it works for the many types of music we like to listen to but your tastes are different so other service might work better for you. Btw, to the best of our knowledge Spotify is licensing its service for individual use.
Of course, Spotify will provide a free version of their service in the U.S. so it might be worth trying just to compare with what you’re currently using or if you’re not using any, to see what streaming music services are all about. The company has 50 million users throughout Europe with 1 million subscribing to one of their paid plans.
Finally, if you want to skip the line waiting for an invite we’ve learned that you can subscribe to their premium service ($4.99/month) or unlimited service ($9.99/month). The fee-based services offer a variety of extras including offline access, no ads, mobile access. etc.
If you’re registered with Klout you might be able to use Klout Perks to nab an invite.
Now, here are a few user guides we’ve come across today:
- “Hands On With Spotify: Here’s Everything You Need To Know” (via SAI)
- “Spotify: A Beginner’s Guide” (via The Next Web)
- “Spotify’s US Debut: Why You Should Care” (via PC World)
- For Geeks Only: How Spotify Technology Works (via Pansentient League)
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