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Spotify to launch in US (really)

post #1 of 28
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As an avid user for two years of this incredible little service, I feel a need to share the good news!
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Spotify, a free and subscription-based music streaming service that originated in Europe, announced Wednesday that it would expand its reach to the United States. Spotify is a software application that allows instant streaming of tracks and albums. The service recently signed a deal with Virgin Media to expand its reach in Britain. More than 10 million people use the application across Europe, which has a free version supported by advertising and an ad-free version available through a paid monthly subscription. Users can enter an e-mail address on the service's website to get an invite when it officially launches in the states. People can only stream music from the application itself as opposed to illegally downloading the music to their computers, a practice that has come under intense scrutiny on local and federal levels. In 2010, the Department of Homeland Security seized a slew of Web addresses linked to illegal downloading as part of a larger government crackdown on pirating. Spotify's business model and aversion to illegal downloading sets it apart from previous services like Napster, which ran into legal issues and was forced to shutdown in 2001 because of copyright infringement. Anticipation for a U.S. version of Spotify has been mounting since the service gained attention overseas. Founded in Sweden in 2006, the application has a similar look and feel to the ever-popular iTunes and has long been seen as a competitor to Apple and other companies who offer music streaming and purchases. Spotify hasn't released details on the exact date of the launch, or how much it will cost.
http://www.ajc.com/business/free-mus...e-1002177.html I'm of the understanding that this is a long time coming, and that a few competitors have beat them to it, so it will be interesting to see if they are able to grab some market shares in the US.... Here is a great I found, if someone would like an introduction:
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post #2 of 28
Grooveshark has served me very well but I guess I can check this out too
post #3 of 28

They launch today apparently according to an article about them in Businessweek.

 

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/daniel-eks-spotify-musics-last-best-hope-07142011.html

post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by peinis0 View Post

is that true or just press release? i cant believe it is happening!!!!!!


Yeah, it's available now! Just realized I have bunch of invites on my account, so PM if anyone wants one.

post #5 of 28
Now that they've launched, I guess some want to try it out before they buy a subscription. I have a couple of invites left from when Spotify was launching in Europe, so send me a PM and I'll give you an invite as long as I have any left.
post #6 of 28
You can try it out without a subscription. Just use a UK based proxy and sign up for a UK account, then go back to https://www.spotify.com/us/about/what/ and sign in and edit your profile to be US instead of UK.
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by greeneggs4spam View Post

You can try it out without a subscription. Just use a UK based proxy and sign up for a UK account, then go back to https://www.spotify.com/us/about/what/ and sign in and edit your profile to be US instead of UK.

I just did this and it works like a charm...

here's a step by step from gizmodo...
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You need to start with a UK account. To do that, you'll need to be in the UK—or, at least, appear to be. To do that, visit DaveProxy (or another free, UK-based proxy service) and go to spotify.com. (Note: if you're using DaveProxy, be prepared to contend with a lot of pop-up ads. Just close them as they come up. They're harmless.)

Sign up for an account on the UK site. You'll need a UK zip code, but just search for McDonald's in London and you'll find one without issue.

Once you have an account, sign out and go to spotify.com like you normally would in the US. You won't see a place to log in because that's hidden behind the signup page. Pretend you're signing up for a premium account and you'll see a message asking you already have an account and want to log in. You do, so click the associated link and log in.

Go back to spotify.com and you'll now see a black box up at the top of the site. It'll read "continue to spotify.com." Click on it.

You're in, but your account is still UK-based. You'll see your username displayed up on the top right. Click it and choose "Edit Profile."

In the "Country" menu, change "United Kingdom" to "United States" and set your zip code to whatever it actually is. Save your profile when you're done.

Download the Spotify app and log in.
post #8 of 28

^ That's not recommended, as you'll get the capping system which exists on the free service in the UK but not in the US (as of yet). Invited USers dodge the capping.

post #9 of 28
^^^

Good point. I have a 20 hr limit on my UK to US Spotify account. Hopefully, my request for an invite allows me to create another one. Either way, it doesn't matter as a) the unlimited will go away and b) if I really plan on using this, it'll be via my phone which will require me to pay anyway.
post #10 of 28
A bit over rated, but still useful.

A lot of classics are on there and all the "popular" stuff as well. Its missing some indie bands and some big time oldies.

What I found missing:

- Beatles - All their Albums
- A few Albums from the Clash
- The Format - Dog Problems
- Fun. - Aim & Ignite
- Lydia - All their Albums
- Childish Gambino - All their Albums
- Pixie Lott - Turn it Up
- Various Paul McCartney / WIngs Albums


I figured I can keep the music that is missing and that I listen to often on my laptop, and all the baggage music that I don't listen to too often but love going back to once in a while in Spotify.
post #11 of 28
Started using Spotify today and must say its awesome.
post #12 of 28
How is spotify any better than grooveshark? I got invited to start an account on spotify but it doesn't work on my office network. Grooveshark does so I'll just stick with them.
post #13 of 28
I signed up on Spotify's website and got my invite a few days ago. Pretty neat. In addition to hearing songs on demand, I can use Spotify to listen to the CDs I imported through iTunes.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

How is spotify any better than grooveshark? I got invited to start an account on spotify but it doesn't work on my office network. Grooveshark does so I'll just stick with them.

Grooveshark has much more content, or at least much more Indie content..
post #15 of 28

Seriously, the new client looks absolutely amazing. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

 

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