Spotify open to all US users; 2 million paid subscribers

The music streaming service Spotify launched in July here in the US after a successful earlier launch in Europe back in 2008. However, US users could only access Spotify via an official invite. This week, Spotify announced that the service is now available to everyone in the US without the need for an invite. The news came on the same day that Spotify announced a deal with Facebook that integrates the service with the social networking web site.

People who first sign up to use Spotify will be able to listen to an unlimited amount of music for free for the first six months. After that period is over the amount of free music on the site is limited to just 10 hours per month. Spotify makes its money by generating ads on its site for its free users as well as two subscription plans. For $4.99 a month you can listen to an unlimited amount of music on the site with no ads. The $9.99 a month premium plan gives subscribers access to Spotify's music both offline and online along with being able to listen to music via downloadable smartphone apps for iOS, Android and other devices.

In related news, Business Insider reports that Spotify claims to already have 2 million paid subscribers here in the US. The info came from Spotify's CEO Daniel Ek in a pre-recorded interview with the CNBC business cable TV network. The service reportedly has 10 million total users here in the US, both free and paid. By contrast one of its big rivals, Rhapsody, has only 800,000 paid subscribers.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

FBI gets Rustock botnet case from Microsoft

Next Story

Microsoft files for swappable smartphone accessories patent

26 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Please do not hate me, but could someone break down for me the difference from free version and paid? Friggin loving it right now as a free version.

Spotify is great. Simple as that. Android and iOS clients are slick and offline mode is great.

Honestly, just sign up. Definitely worth £9.99 a month.

I have no idea why Spotify refuse to accept foreign credit card even though I have US VPN. That's the reason I signed up for Rdio, plus their web based app is awesome.

So I have to a Facebook account to use Spotify? I tried to sign up and they told me I had to sign in with a FB account. Screw that... There seems to be a Spotify account, but nowhere to create one.

now that i've explored Spotify, i dont think it's right for me. there are pros and cons to either Spotify or Pandora.

- Pandora just lifted their 40hr monthly cap... spotify only offers 10hrs for free
- Spotify requires a program to be installed, Pandora doesnt
- Spotify has more music
- Pandora is cheaper
- Spotify offers the offline mode, but only if you pay $120/yr...
- both have apps

idk, i use Amazon Cloud storage to listen to music too... my NAS has a music streaming app so i can listen to my music, from my nas, over the internet for free...

i'll just stick w/ free Pandora.

Jdawg683 said,
how is Spotify different or better than Pandora? (honest question)

15 million tracks on Spotify vs ~1 million on Pandora is the main difference, and I don't think Pandora has an offline mode.

Majesticmerc said,

15 million tracks on Spotify vs ~1 million on Pandora is the main difference, and I don't think Pandora has an offline mode.


interesting. i primarily use Pandora at work for some free, casual listening while im "working" but i might check out if Spotify has more of the music i want to listen to. Thanks.

Jdawg683 said,
how is Spotify different or better than Pandora? (honest question)
To begin with, Spotify doesn't try to be a radio station. That's perhaps the greatest difference besides the music catalogue difference.

Whilst Spotify is great as a product, I am still sceptical about the Cloud based services industry. Clearly Spotify is one of the winners in the market, but with coverage getting even more saturated throughout the UK for instance, I can see blackspots emerging and also prices being hiked as the thirst for speed gathers pace.

Kudos to Spotify though....whilst I still prefer to make playlists of my mp3s and sync with my droid, I still have a small, but perfectly formed place in my heart for it!

Spotify ftw. The amount of music Spotify have now is incredible.

Newly released music is there instantly too.

The Android app is soooo much ftw... and especially the offline feature.

I became a subscriber since day one, it's an absolutely fantastic service, I wish they make it available on my Windows Phone.

Ely said,
I became a subscriber since day one, it's an absolutely fantastic service, I wish they make it available on my Windows Phone.

No Windows Phone client yet? Yikes.. that puts on hold my plans for a Windows Phone!

Chicane-UK said,

No Windows Phone client yet? Yikes.. that puts on hold my plans for a Windows Phone!


I wish Mozilla would consider making their browser available for Windows Phone too. That would probably make me buy it even more. I prefer mp3's over Spotify in all honesty.

phendrome said,

I wish Mozilla would consider making their browser available for Windows Phone too. That would probably make me buy it even more. I prefer mp3's over Spotify in all honesty.

IE9 in Mango is pretty much the most fantastic mobile browser...supporting a crap load of HTML5 standards. Problem is most websites are tied down to iOS's Safari browser or Android's browser...you can't make the websites work correctly because they only like the competitors's useragents...

Chicane-UK said,
It's a great product. They must be absolutely raking it in!

Its more than a great product, its bloody fantastic!!!! I been a premium subscriber for ages in the UK and I love it! Its changed the way I discover and listen to music completely. I love how I can just make a playlist up and its there on my phone for when I leave the house!

Its so easy to use, and the music quality is fantastic! So basically if you have not tried Spotify yet, get it, you'll love it!!!

Oh and also the new Facebook integration is fantastic, if you got the new Timeline feature enable the music application with Spotify and its ace!

SuperKid said,

Its more than a great product, its bloody fantastic!!!! I been a premium subscriber for ages in the UK and I love it! Its changed the way I discover and listen to music completely. I love how I can just make a playlist up and its there on my phone for when I leave the house!

Its so easy to use, and the music quality is fantastic! So basically if you have not tried Spotify yet, get it, you'll love it!!!

Oh and also the new Facebook integration is fantastic, if you got the new Timeline feature enable the music application with Spotify and its ace!

And when you lose your internet connection it's great because NONE OF THAT MUSIC IS THERE!
It's a great idea, I love it, but I just hope smartphone batterys will learn to take the strain with all that streaming.

AFineFrenzy said,

And when you lose your internet connection it's great because NONE OF THAT MUSIC IS THERE!
It's a great idea, I love it, but I just hope smartphone batterys will learn to take the strain with all that streaming.

Spotify have an offline option. Just make your playlists available offline... Problem solved.

SuperKid said,

Its more than a great product, its bloody fantastic!!!! I been a premium subscriber for ages in the UK and I love it! Its changed the way I discover and listen to music completely. I love how I can just make a playlist up and its there on my phone for when I leave the house!

Its so easy to use, and the music quality is fantastic! So basically if you have not tried Spotify yet, get it, you'll love it!!!

Oh and also the new Facebook integration is fantastic, if you got the new Timeline feature enable the music application with Spotify and its ace!

100% agree. I've had it for 2 years now as a premium subscriber and I don't regret it for a second.

AFineFrenzy said,

And when you lose your internet connection it's great because NONE OF THAT MUSIC IS THERE!
It's a great idea, I love it, but I just hope smartphone batterys will learn to take the strain with all that streaming.

For premium subscriber there is an offline mode for both mobile and desktop clients. I very rarely stream to my phone through Spotify. I sync my playlists over Wifi when I'm at home, and then take them with me. I've got a 16GB SD card in my phone too, so I can store up a decent amount of music without streaming.

SuperKid said,

Its more than a great product, its bloody fantastic!!!! I been a premium subscriber for ages in the UK and I love it! Its changed the way I discover and listen to music completely. I love how I can just make a playlist up and its there on my phone for when I leave the house!

Its so easy to use, and the music quality is fantastic! So basically if you have not tried Spotify yet, get it, you'll love it!!!

Oh and also the new Facebook integration is fantastic, if you got the new Timeline feature enable the music application with Spotify and its ace!


The quality of the music is usually 128kbps and up to 320kbps, which is really not something to hang up the flag for. I remember reading that not even half of its library has 320kbps available and they're trying to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

I can't remember the exact number but it was something around that...