No, you’re not dreaming. Spotify is finally coming to the United States. After more than two years of blessing our European brothers with their presence, Spotify is ready to bring their service to the US. If you’re interested in signing up for Spotify, you can do so by going here.
For those of you unfamiliar with Spotify, the company offers music streaming via desktop and mobile app. The service is free as long as you can put up with some ads and a listening limit of 10 hours/month. If you want to get rid of those limitations, you can upgrade to Spotify Unlimited for €4.99/month. If you want to enjoy premium features like offline support, enhanced sound quality and the Android app, you’ll have to upgrade to Spotify Premium for €9.99/month. Keep in mind these are European prices and could very well change for the US.
A few years ago when most of us were still managing our music libraries with iTunes, Window Media Player or manually, Spotify seemed like a dream come true. Imagine if you could play any song you wanted from any PC you wanted. Amazing. But then Grooveshark, Rdio, Google Music and Amazon’s Cloud Player arrived. All of a sudden, Spotify didn’t seem like that big of a deal.
Take for instance Grooveshark, which lets users listen to all the songs they want for free without any ads. In the rare case that the service doesn’t have the song you want, just upload the music file from your PC. If you want to use the service on your Android phone, upgrade to Grooveshark Anywhere for just $3/month or $30/year. Finally, Grooveshark is available as a web app, letting you access the service from any computer. In summary, Grooveshark is cheaper, better and simpler than Spotify. And it’s available right now.
With that said, I’m sure some of you are excited about using Spotify. If you aren’t, we’d like to know which music streaming service you’re already using.