Spotify confirms US launch Thursday at 8 am Eastern time [Update]

After months of rumors, at least some US residents will finally be able to try out the Spotify music streaming service tomorrow. As reported by News.com, the company has confirmed that the US version of the service, which has millions of users in Europe, will launch on Thursday morning at exactly 8 am Eastern time.

The launch won't be for everybody in the US, however. Spotify is planning a soft launch on Thursday by making it an invite only event with more users invited in the months to come. Users will have to choose from three options. One will be free to listen to but will be supported by ads and also will have a time limit of 20 hours a month. Spotify will also have paid subscription plans. One is $5 a month for unlimited listening but cannot be accessed via mobile devices. The top tier is $10 a month and offers unlimited listening and access to mobile devices.

Spotify, based in Sweden, launched in Europe in 2008 and has over 10 million users. About 1 million of those users have access the service via the paid subscription tiers. Spotify gives its users access to listen to 15 million music tracks. Here in the US, it will be competing with a number of other music subscription services including Pandora. Of course, the 800 pound gorilla in the room is Apple, who plans to launch its iCloud streaming music service for its iOS devices and others sometime this fall.

Update: We can now confirm that Spotify has launched.

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presence06 said,
any concern over downloaded songs or ripped songs being imported into library?

No different than Winamp or iTunes playing your music.

To be honest I feel sorry for everyone else.

Spotify not to long ago was play what you want, when you want, not many adverts and how many times you want.

Now it's 10 hours per month, 5 songs a month (which still havent been made available for me to play, even though a month has past) it's just not as good as it was, they were making money from the adverts still, so I wasn't too sure on their extra greed.

There are ways around their restrictions though

Dan~ said,
To be honest I feel sorry for everyone else.

Spotify not to long ago was play what you want, when you want, not many adverts and how many times you want.

Now it's 10 hours per month, 5 songs a month (which still havent been made available for me to play, even though a month has past) it's just not as good as it was, they were making money from the adverts still, so I wasn't too sure on their extra greed.

There are ways around their restrictions though

I pay like 10 € per month, and enjoy music on my phone, in my car, at home, at work, at parties. - All without having to think about downloading and syncing stuff at all, my playlists are simply available anywhere.

The free subscription was nothing more than a way to get people to check out Spotify and get hooked. It got me hooked. I haven't bought music ever since.

Dan~ said,
To be honest I feel sorry for everyone else.

Spotify not to long ago was play what you want, when you want, not many adverts and how many times you want.

Now it's 10 hours per month, 5 songs a month (which still havent been made available for me to play, even though a month has past) it's just not as good as it was, they were making money from the adverts still, so I wasn't too sure on their extra greed.

There are ways around their restrictions though

Say what???
How do you do that?

Principiante said,

Say what???
How do you do that?

If you were invited by a premium user it was just unlimited everything with ads. Good ol' days

Dan~ said,
To be honest I feel sorry for everyone else.

Spotify not to long ago was play what you want, when you want, not many adverts and how many times you want.

Now it's 10 hours per month, 5 songs a month (which still havent been made available for me to play, even though a month has past) it's just not as good as it was, they were making money from the adverts still, so I wasn't too sure on their extra greed.

There are ways around their restrictions though

Licensing fees go up.

£4.99/m to remove all the restrictions and support the companies behind it? I'd like to know of an equivalent service charging less than that!
Honestly, I can't stand people who complain about the free limitations, one month of unlimited costs less than two pints of beer...

Azies said,
Grooveshark > Spotify

the new HTML5 app barely uses cpu resources,. but I dont see grooveshark going to far, AFAIK they dont have licenses to stream anything

Azies said,
Grooveshark > Spotify

Grooveshark is annoying because songs I have saved will sometimes randomly disappear because of a takedown request.

Also, it is really disorganized.

Brandon said,
Grooveshark?
Grooveshark is a massive unorganised mess in comparison. I've tried to share albums using that site and I can never find one with a correct tracklist.

How is Spotify any different or better than the streaming services we have available now? I just don't see it as a big deal at all.

ScubaDog said,
How is Spotify any different or better than the streaming services we have available now? I just don't see it as a big deal at all.

yeah, for $10 i can do the same thing with rhapsody, and i can download the songs if i want to.

ScubaDog said,
How is Spotify any different or better than the streaming services we have available now? I just don't see it as a big deal at all.

It's not better. Zune Pass is much better, especially as you're able to keep 10 songs every month. Microsoft have really messed up with the marketing of Zune Pass

ScubaDog said,
How is Spotify any different or better than the streaming services we have available now? I just don't see it as a big deal at all.

It's free.

Calum said,
It's not better. Zune Pass is much better, especially as you're able to keep 10 songs every month. Microsoft have really messed up with the marketing of Zune Pass
What format are the Zune Pass downloads in? Because if it's in DRM'd WMAs, ugh.

Elliott said,
What format are the Zune Pass downloads in? Because if it's in DRM'd WMAs, ugh.

how else can you do subscription if not DRM? The 10 monthly "free" downloads are in MP3.

Of course, the 800 pound gorilla in the room is Apple, who plans to launch its iCloud streaming music service for its iOS devices and others sometime this fall.

I disagree. They are two different products. Apple doesn't do subscription based music.

shiny_red_cobra said,
What about Canada?

Spotify are bunch of freakin liars. They said when they launched in the US, they would be launching in Canada at the same time. Thanks Spotify!!