Rumor: Spotify to launch in mid-July in US

Spotify, the popular European-based streaming music service, will finally launch in the US soon if the latest Internet rumors are to be believed. According to a story on the Noisecast web site, it learned from an unnamed "executive of a major record label" that Spotify will launch sometime between July 5 to July 15.  The story also states that  Spotify might be launched at first as an invite only service and that it will cost $10 a month to use it.

Based in Sweden and launched in 2008, Spotify has about 10 million members with 1 million paid members in the European countries where it operates (Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK). It runs on a number of PC and wireless phone operating systems. Apparently the service was supposed to be launched here in the US by the end of 2010 but delays in record publisher approvals have delayed the launch. If a fixed date for Spotify's US debut has been made it likely means that the music approval process has been completed or is close to being done.

Spotify has to deal with a number of well established music streaming services here in the US. They include Pandora which launched its public offering earlier this month. Of course all of these rumors come as Apple is about to launch its next version of iTunes that will allow people to listen to their music via streaming Internet connections via iCloud. That is expected to launch later in 2011.

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I used Spotify for well over a year while I had my Iphone as there is a app for it, was a very good system for the price.. Now got a Windows phone so been using Zune pass, its just as simple to use and cheaper so ill be sticking with it even when the Spotify app is out for Windows phone.. Spotify is a very good service though so you will love it over there im sure

Ecion said,
used it for awhile when it was free. Now moved to grooveshark

Same here. Though I miss spotify - it was far more accurate than grooveshark is.

Silly question...but in Europe is there a iOS app for it? I really do like how Pandora has an app and I can always access it.

BlendedFrog said,
Silly question...but in Europe is there a iOS app for it? I really do like how Pandora has an app and I can always access it.
Afaik there is. I'm from germany, so although we are undoubtedly european too, we don't have Spotify but rather a cheap rip-off, as always, because our GEMA wantz moarrr eurozzz (which is the reason why we can't watch like 80% of music videos on youtube, btw), so I can't answer for sure but I remember reading something about that.

edit: Yup, there is. Google "spotify iphone app".

BlendedFrog said,
Silly question...but in Europe is there a iOS app for it? I really do like how Pandora has an app and I can always access it.

Yes there's an Android/iOS app for Spotify, but you have to be a Premium Subscriber to be able to use it.

Richio said,
I just use.. a Youtube playlist... or downloaded songs.. and play like that.. much cheaper than £9.99
Yeah, great idea! That way you don't only have the best available quality but also support your artist big time! Awesome!

...Apple is about to launch its next version of iTunes that will allow people to listen to their music via streaming Internet connections via iCloud.

...Except that iCloud isn't a streaming service. At all. Unless you consider downloading the whole file to your device before playing it "streaming", which I don't. That's called downloading.

iKenndac said,

...Except that iCloud isn't a streaming service. At all. Unless you consider downloading the whole file to your device before playing it "streaming", which I don't. That's called downloading.

Well, it's not like Spotify but it is kinda like streaming but only your own personal previously purchased songs. So you upload your index file to iCloud servers, they look at what you have and what's on the iTMS and then you can stream it back, kinda. So while technically speaking it is streaming, it's not Spotify-streaming so you and the OP are right.

instant.human said,
Well, it's not like Spotify but it is kinda like streaming but only your own personal previously purchased songs. So you upload your index file to iCloud servers, they look at what you have and what's on the iTMS and then you can stream it back, kinda. So while technically speaking it is streaming, it's not Spotify-streaming so you and the OP are right.
It's not streaming. Not kinda. Not technically. It's just not.

It's syncing, like dropbox, box.net, skydrive, etc. The file plays off of your device, not over an internet connection.