Spotify launch nears in the US

After rumors, wishful thinking, and months of speculation, it is finally official: Spotify will be launching the United States some time soon. The company has put up a landing page on its official website that reads:

Spotify is coming to the U.S.

The award-winning music service that's taken Europe by storm will soon be landing on US shores. Millions of tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your phone.

The Sweden-based service, which started in 2008, has about 10 million consumers total, 10% of which are paying customers. In all the countries in which it operates: Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the UK, it has been deemed wildly popular, and anticipation for release across the seas has been palpable. Just a month ago, the company raised $100 million in funding igniting rumors of its United States release.

Shortly thereafter, Neowin reported that the service was to be made available in mid-July, saying it might be invite-only and cost $10 to start off. That, in fact, seems to be the case; if you visit their website, you can add yourself to an invitation list.

In a statement to Mashable, Spotify said, "We have updated our landing page in advance of launch. Still no specifics on the launch I'm afraid, just we're working hard to launch the service in the US as soon as possible. All we can say is watch this space!"

However, no other details have been made available at this time, including any deals with music partners. Though, it was reported the company had inked deals with the four major music studios.

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