Music service Spotify debuts in U.S.

Posted on Friday, July 15th 2011 at 11:44 a.m.

Music streaming service Spotify has been causing quite a buzz in Europe over the past year, leaving Americans wondering when it would come over to our shores so we can see what the fuss is about.  Yesterday Spotify finally opened to U.S. users , and people are scrambling to get into the service.

Spotify mines your existing music library and then connects with the internet to get you access to new releases, related artists, music your friends like, or you can even search for an artist.  Anything you locate you can stream to your computer in its entirety.

The service has mulitple pricing options.  Free users will hear ads and have a limited number of times they can stream music they don’t own.  A $5/month membership removes the streaming limits.  A $10/month membership adds mobile access to Spotify, as well as offline caching of music and playlists.  Currently, obtaining a free membership requires plugging your email address into Spotify and waiting for them to send you an invite, so you’ll have to be patient.

Five CNET editors reviewed the application, and they all came away with a positive impression of the service  .

I’m hoping to sign up in the next few days, free or paid, and will report back when that happens.


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