Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

Summary: There have been rumors for months that Spotify, the digital music service that is all the rage abroad, will be coming to the United States. Now it seems that plans to do so are finally on track.

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There have been rumors for months that Spotify, the digital music service that is all the rage abroad, will be coming to the United States. Now it seems that plans to do so are finally on track.

Spotify's general manager Jonathan Forster informed Tom Forenski of Silicon Valley Watcher that "we're signing the remaining deals as I speak" with the major American music labels. Unfortunately, Forster wasn't more specific than saying it wouldn't be before July 5th, which could be absolutely any time after that.

Spotify is an incredibly popular service internationally because it offers free access to over 13 million songs for playback on a computer. There are affordable paid plans that vary based on mobile access and a "no advertisements" feature.

However, there have been major roadblocks to permitting access from within the United States due to questions over legal issues and licensing deals. Also, it's likely that competitors such as Pandora and then the rising collective of cloud-based music service providers (i.e. Sony, Amazon, Apple and Google) wouldn't be too happy to see Spotify launched stateside. After all, Spotify already retains at least one million paid subscribers and then another 10 million who are willing to listen for free with ads.

There was no mention of the recent rumor that Spotify would be integrated as a widget into Facebook that would allow members to playback Spotify's vast catalog from there. Additionally, Spotify recently launched a new feature that allows users to sync and download their playlists to the iPod.

It's possible that these plans could come to fruition in Europe, where no one seems to have a problem with Spotify. But as for U.S. music fans, the wait continues.

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  • Good news for all Americans!

    Most Americans don't yet know how lucky they are.<br><br>Spotify is BY FAR the best service of this kind that's available.<br><br>For a taste of things to come, feel free to check out some of my public Spotify playlists:

    http://open.spotify.com/user/tim_acheson

    A Rock playlist example:
    http://open.spotify.com/user/tim_acheson/playlist/6ktkGiJxsfgnbHLffhIueO
    Tim Acheson
    • RE: Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

      @Tim Acheson

      We already have Mog, Rhapsody, Napster, Rdio, and Slacker for subscription music services. What makes Spotify better?
      ed_yasi@...
      • RE: Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

        @ed_yasi@...

        It's free.
        jmiller1978
      • RE: Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

        jmiller1978, my understanding is the free version is very limited in terms of how many songs you can listen to per month, and I also want access via my cell phone, and I think that'll cost money.

        But you're right that having some free access is better than the other services for people who just want to occasionally listen. It may not be what I'm interested in, but I'm sure for some people it'll be great.
        ed_yasi@...
  • Guess no one remembers Imeem.com?

    Imeem was just like this and it was awesome until MySpace bought them, promised to add the features to MySpace Music and then shut iMeem down. Good to see a service like that is returning.
    jmiller1978
    • RE: Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

      @jmiller1978
      there are a ton of services already, i see no diff.
      it may be free, but if you want it on you iphone for example, your going to need the paid subscription. i guess its good for people who only want to use it on a computer.
      rocketboy5114
      • RE: Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

        @rocketboy5114 <br><br>Imeem had an iOS and Android app, sadly it wasn't enough to keep them from being sucked up into MySpace. Oh and it had music industry support.
        jmiller1978
  • 10 million?

    You said there's 10 million people waiting to use Spotify with Ads. No there isn't, that's a lie.
    There WAS, but the free experience now on Spotify is so sh!t now that everyone I know has left it, because it's not "JUST ADS" now is it? I think they conveniently forgot to update their figures before saying that.
    "No one seems to have a problem with Spotify." What total BS.
    Naryan
  • Let me elaborate...

    Spotify is drowning in ads, but I don't mind that, it's the average of 20 minutes PER DAY of listening that's allowed, coupled with the 5 LISTEN LIMIT on ANY and EVERY song that you like.
    It's a total spit in the face for all the loyal users. I've been in it and promoting it since beta and now I get this.
    Naryan
  • RE: Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

    Spotify was on the road to world domination, but it was stop by the music industry, with hints of anti competitive maneuvers by Apple behind the scenes. Rumors of Apple sending letters to the studios suggesting Spotify should not be allow to enter the US market as it would harm there Itunes revenues, unless it was a premium only service, Apple seem to have won the argument. <br><br>The problem with other services supported by advertisers which crash and burn was that they never reach critical mass to make them attractive to the big spenders in advertising, Spotify has done that in a few countries, it also has a strong premium base. It also has not even begun to access the local advertising market yet. <br><br> I was going to upgrade to premium, then I decided why should I support a company which turn it back on early adopters and people who spread word about the service, encourage new users to the services, sent them bugs reports. <br><br>So I have not sent them a penny and never plan to. Not unless they start chucking TV shows and films into the mixed for say 15 quid then it may be worth my while. But all there tiers of pricing are over price for me when I break it down by the figures and compare it to the amount of music I listen to.

    If the music industry really wanted to fight piracy they would have supported Spotify, which was the only service that I have use to have turn people away from pirating there music.
    Knowles2
    • RE: Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

      @Knowles2
      Apples point of view....it's called "political contributions"

      Apple to politicians..."you deny our competition (Spotify) US entry"..."we increase political contributions for your parties members"
      jasonemmg
  • RE: Spotify expected to finally launch in U.S. soon

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