Spotify US free invite has music with no limits for six months

Todays big news in the tech world is the launch of the streaming music service Spotify in the US. The service allows people to stream 15 million songs to their PC, Mac or smartphone device. While you can try Spotify immediately if you pay either $5 or $10 a month for one of the company's premium subscriptions, you have to be invited to try out the free version that's supported by ads.

The good news is that if you get an invite for the free service, Spotify is going to have a chance to shine. As Venture Beat reports, there will be no limit to the amount of music you can listen to for six months. In Europe, where Spotify first launched back in 2008, the free version gives its customers a 20 hour per month limit on music streaming. The obvious goal of this temporary switch of the free tier of service is to get as many people in the US to try Spotify. After the first six months are over, Cnet.com says that the free service will be reduced to just playing one given track five times a month with a maximum of 10 hours a month to use the service. The free users can also only access Spotify via your PC or Mac.

In related news hardware maker Logitech has announced today that its Squeezebox Touch and Squeezebox Radio media devices now also support Spotify. Users will have to purchase a $10 premium subscription to Spotify in order to access the service via the Logitech devices.

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oh yeah baby i just bcome premium member unlimited!! awesome i just install it on my computer ipad2 and in my HTC sensation G4 !! all work great !!

Maybe it's the lack of decent options in the UK, but I've always found Spotify to be a fantastic application. I used to be free for a while (back when free was advertisements only, mind, I've been with Spotify for a loooooong time) and I always found the service amazing. Free music, and unlimited! Granted, the free service is a tad more restrictive now (it's no longer unlimited). However, $5 a month for unlimited, ad-free music? And Spotify Social included too? You honestly can't go wrong. For $10, it's even better!

After all the hype, I still don't see what the big deal is. Pandora, Last.fm, and Slacker have been doing this for free since I can ever remember. But for the $12/month I'm paying for Zune Pass ($2 more than the Spotify subscription with mobile devices support) I'm getting unlimited streaming of anything I want on any computer, I can download unlimited songs on up to 3 computers, stream on my Xbox 360, stream and sync unlimited songs to my Windows Phone, and I get to keep 10 songs DRM-free every month. Now, you really can't beat that.

xpxp2002 said,
and I get to keep 10 songs DRM-free every month.
That's the hint that should let everyone know that Zune Pass still destroys everything else...

xpxp2002 said,
After all the hype, I still don't see what the big deal is. Pandora, Last.fm, and Slacker have been doing this for free since I can ever remember. But for the $12/month I'm paying for Zune Pass ($2 more than the Spotify subscription with mobile devices support) I'm getting unlimited streaming of anything I want on any computer, I can download unlimited songs on up to 3 computers, stream on my Xbox 360, stream and sync unlimited songs to my Windows Phone, and I get to keep 10 songs DRM-free every month. Now, you really can't beat that.

10 songs, every month? OMGILSHMSFO SERIOUSLY?

"Cnet.com says that the free service will be reduced to just playing one given track five times a month with a maximum of 10 hours a month to use the service."

Well, it's not "5 times a month"... it will be "5 times and buy the music" like in Europe !

J400uk said,
Correct, article is wrong, in EU Spotify Free you can play the track 5 times than thats it you have to buy it.
Actually, the Spotify Free accounts in the EU are only subject to that after 6 months have passed, just like in the US. (Spotify Free != Spotify Open)

"Cnet.com says that the free service will be reduced to just playing one given track five times a month with a maximum of 10 hours a month to use the service."

I'll stick to alternatives that don't suck that much.

Caleo said,
"Cnet.com says that the free service will be reduced to just playing one given track five times a month with a maximum of 10 hours a month to use the service."

I'll stick to alternatives that don't suck that much.

Spotify is just so much better than the free alternatives though.

HawkMan said,

Spotify is just so much better than the free alternatives though.

unless that free alternative is downloading the entire album off torrent sites.

Shea J said,

unless that free alternative is downloading the entire album off torrent sites.

Entire album? More like discography.

Kreuger said,
Does it work for Canada too or just US? Usually they end up working together
USA only. It took months and months for us to get that service, I don't see coming here in the near futur unfortunatly