Spotify closing in on U.S.

Spotify, the free on-demand music streaming service which has been loved by the few who have access to it may finally be reaching the United States after closing a deal with record company giant, Sony.

Spotify has finally won over Sony and had them sign a United States distribution deal, which multiple sources report on All Things Digital. This deal however does not mean that a launch in the U.S. will be any time soon, but instead informs us that Spotify is working with record companies to expand their enterprise. The music-streaming service needs at least two of the three other major music labels to sign on, specifically the largest, Universal Music Group. Other candidates include Warner Music Group and EMI for working on the U.S. release.

The service allows you to search for and stream tracks online, offers an "Artist radio" for users to expose themselves to new music, and everything is stored on the cloud. Alternatively, with the subscription-based accounts there is the ability to use the service offline via DRM'd tracks downloaded to your device.

Spotify has only been available in select European countries, however has been hard at work to gain access elsewhere. Most recently, the music service has been working with record companies to bring the music service into the states according to All Things Digital. The United States version of the service would work in quite a similar way to Europe's, offering free and subscription-based accounts.

According to the deal made by Sony and Spotify regarding the United States version, free accounts would have a limited amount of hours per month and be advertisement-supported, much like Pandora. Users would have the ability to purchase a subscription to remove ads, enable unlimited hours per month, and bring the service to your mobile phone.

Hopefully more companies will sign on with Spotify and sometime soon there will be an announcement about the service crossing the Atlantic. Until then, audiophiles can rest easy knowing Spotify is making progress on its way over.

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Spotify is a godsend. There's no excuse for pirating music when you pay as little as £5 a month or use an ad supported free version.

I've got premium because I have it on my phone too, well worth it

Hardcore Til I Die said,
Spotify is a godsend. There's no excuse for pirating music when you pay as little as £5 a month or use an ad supported free version.

I've got premium because I have it on my phone too, well worth it

Yes there is. What happens when you don't have internet? I like to actually have and own my music.

Shea J said,

Yes there is. What happens when you don't have internet? I like to actually have and own my music.


Then buy the premium and you can download it to your computer + all your mobile devices....

Shea J said,

Yes there is. What happens when you don't have internet? I like to actually have and own my music.

Then pay £10 a month instead, hardly a life-changing extra amount of money for the privilege of being able to listen to songs offline.

It's completely useless unless you pay a subscription as there are Audio adverts at the end of every single song, as well as all over the screen. I had it and uninstalled it the same day. Can't really trial it properly.

Tartan said,
It's completely useless unless you pay a subscription as there are Audio adverts at the end of every single song, as well as all over the screen. I had it and uninstalled it the same day. Can't really trial it properly.

There are maybe 2-3 adverts per album at most, never much longer than 30 seconds. Also, the ones that appear on the screen only appear on the spotify page; when it is minimised you dont see any of the adverts. You're making a big deal out of nothing, spotify is a god send.

Tartan said,
It's completely useless unless you pay a subscription as there are Audio adverts at the end of every single song, as well as all over the screen. I had it and uninstalled it the same day. Can't really trial it properly.

I used Spotify Free for about 2 months and only got adverts every 5+ songs. And even then it was only a 20 or so second advert advertising Spotify Premium. Exaggeration much?

Huh, I think I'll be keeping Rhapsody. Stream whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want, or download to my Sansa with expandable memory......

kansanian said,
Huh, I think I'll be keeping Rhapsody. Stream whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want, or download to my Sansa with expandable memory......

Spotify does exactly the same.

Neither Grooveshark nor MOG can compare to Spotify in product quality! I for once will never listen to music if I have to keep a webpage open, I like the simplicity and stability of Spotify, give me a program I can download.

Ely said,
Neither Grooveshark nor MOG can compare to Spotify in product quality! I for once will never listen to music if I have to keep a webpage open, I like the simplicity and stability of Spotify, give me a program I can download.

i dont see the big issue between keeping a IE/FF window with a website open or a seperate program... its both practically the same.

Recon415 said,
I agree. Media distribution laws are utter bull.
Yeah, I love how they FORCE me to go to southpark.nl instead of southpark.com in order to see the videos. It's crazy.
But yes, GIVE US HULU!

Eraknelo said,
Yeah, I love how they FORCE me to go to southpark.nl instead of southpark.com in order to see the videos. It's crazy.
But yes, GIVE US HULU!
Southpark isnt the problem, as our Dutch Southpark isnt far behind American releases. But for family guy, the simpsons and all that, thats released on FOX etc. which takes almost a year before its released overseas -.-
luckely our law makes it legal to download and watch video and music materials ;') (we are only not allowed to upload copyrighted video/music)