Spotify coming to the US after all?

 

Ever since listening to music on the go became the next big thing, the key has been to make music as accessible as possible. Spotify it appears, is about to do just that, as it signs a deal with Universal Music Group to add it's very large collection to the Spotify music library, according to Allthingsd.com.

With that announcement, the company has now been able to sign deals with three out of the four major record companies in the United States, therefore signaling Spotify's chance to introduce itself to the American public. The only record company of which a deal has yet to be agreed upon is with Warner Music Group, however with three under its belt, hopefuls predict it won't be long now until Warner joins the ranks.

Launching with only three of the four record labels would be a risk and it is somewhat doubtful; CNET predicts that the earliest we may see Spotify officially becoming available to those in the United States, is in July. We recently reported on the story of Facebook and its plans to integrate the music service into its social networking site; so it's clear Spotify is determined to get as wide of an audience as possible.

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I love it. It's well worth the £9.99 a month.. barely the price of a single CD album these days. I get to make playlists and sync them to listen offline on my mobile, the client is so good and so quick and the collection just gets bigger and bigger.

Seriously - the people grumbling about paying for it. You can get the basic subscription for £4.99... that's less than a packet of cigarettes for heavens sake.

Maybe the other three will put the pressure on Warner to get a deal signed so the royalties start rolling in sooner, rather than later.

Doesn't work like that. You now have a stricter limit on the free service now which they introduced in May this year. Limit of 5 plays a song, 10 hours a month for users before Nov last year, new users have a 6 month grace period until it effects them.

You can't expect them to give it away for free like they did in the beginning. It was beyond awesome that you could get it that good for so long.

If they grow the service and introduce music to keep at the top tier subscription that would be fantastic but as of now, just streaming. I can't think outside of Zune in the US with 10 free mp3s a month that does something similar.

oceanmotion said,
Doesn't work like that. You now have a stricter limit on the free service now which they introduced in May this year. Limit of 5 plays a song, 10 hours a month for users before Nov last year, new users have a 6 month grace period until it effects them.

You can't expect them to give it away for free like they did in the beginning. It was beyond awesome that you could get it that good for so long.

If they grow the service and introduce music to keep at the top tier subscription that would be fantastic but as of now, just streaming. I can't think outside of Zune in the US with 10 free mp3s a month that does something similar.


Ah crap yeah you are right I don't know where I got that from. Nevertheless, I still think it sucks that they have put a limit on how many times you can listen to a song. Besides the free version had adverts and was in a lower quality before so it wasn't exactly for "free" in that sense. As a result I simply don't use it anymore and I can't be the only one.

They have ruined it anyway in my opinion, as unless you subscribe to their premium service you only get to listen to each song once, and their subscription service doesn't appeal to me, as I want to own any music I pay for.

mattacular said,
They have ruined it anyway in my opinion, as unless you subscribe to their premium service you only get to listen to each song once, and their subscription service doesn't appeal to me, as I want to own any music I pay for.

Not Spotify's fault. Blame the exorbitant royalties demanded by the record companies. Spotify's premium service generates them a lot of revenue, but it all gets spent on paying for the free listeners. As a premium user, I'm effectively paying for you to use the service!

mattacular said,
They have ruined it anyway in my opinion, as unless you subscribe to their premium service you only get to listen to each song once, and their subscription service doesn't appeal to me, as I want to own any music I pay for.

If you want to own the music you pay for you have to buy it, Spotify isn't paying for the music, it's paying for access to the music.
And you only need an unlimited account to play as much as you want.

Nice service and awesome client, so lightweight and hassle free. I think the developer who made utorrent in the early days did some work on it. It shows. Great program.

I wonder if Apple has enough weight to throw a spanner in the works. Can't be coincidence that everyone else but them suffers to sign deals.

oceanmotion said,
Nice service and awesome client, so lightweight and hassle free. I think the developer who made utorrent in the early days did some work on it. It shows. Great program.

I wonder if Apple has enough weight to throw a spanner in the works. Can't be coincidence that everyone else but them suffers to sign deals.

The client is pretty awesome, I just wish for 2 things:

1. A graphic equalizer, and
2. A native-looking user interface. It looks god awful on Windows 7.