In case you haven’t heard of this yet… Spotify, Europe’s top music listening service, has finally launched in the U.S. after years of negotiations with recording companies and receiving a license from ASCAP.
So what’s so special about it?
It’s been called “a magical version of iTunes” by Wired magazine and it’s creating quite a buzz around the web. Spotify is a service that allows you to listen to any song in the Spotify library. You can search for any song you want, create playlists, and sort songs by artist, genre, etc. So far it sounds just like iTunes, but the big difference is you have access to Spotify’s massive 15 million song library rather than just your own personal music library! It also has a social sharing feature that allows you to see what your friends are listening to and allows you to publish the playlists you have made for others to listen to.
Spotify claims that piracy is its biggest competition and not other services such as Pandora. Although when Spotify was released Pandora’s stock price dropped a bit, so the two must be somewhat in competition?
I think it comes to down to what you prefer as a listener. I do enjoy Pandora for the customized stations that you have no real selection control over. I’ve found more than a few bands that I really enjoy from Pandora by it finding me similar artists based on my favorite artists and songs. I dislike the number of song skips you are allowed per hour and all of the ads though. Spotify seems intriguing to be able to have a massive cloud of music that you can shift through yourself. Of course the free version still has ads, but you get 20 hours of listening a month for the first 6 months. After that you have 10 hours of listening time a month.
The premium subscriptions to Spotify are:
– $4.99 per month gives you an ad-free service
– $9.99 per month adds more features such as improved sound quality, mobile apps, and offline use
Of course there’s also those that don’t like either of these services because the ownership of music is more important to them. So like I said, it’s really up to how you prefer to listen to your music. I currently use iTunes and Pandora equally. I’ve requested an invite to Spotify, so we’ll see if it becomes my preferred service like many people are claiming it has for them.
Check it out for yourself! or if you already use it let me know what you think!