Jul 14 AT 10:17 AM Anthony Domanico 12 Comments

Spotify makes its way stateside via invite-only Beta

Spotify is an online streaming music service similar to Pandora or Slacker Radio that allows you to access Spotify’s 15-million song library. Last week, we mentioned that Spotify was making its way to the United States in the form of an invite-only Beta after two years of wild success in Europe. It turns out today is the day, and Spotify has begun to send out invitations to test its service.

Once you get into the service, Spotify offers the following three membership tiers:

  • Spotify Free — The unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to over 15 million songs on your computer. Great social features. Manage your own music files through Spotify and sync with your cellphone or iPod. Features occasional advertising.
  • Spotify Unlimited — All the special features of our free service but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. Only $4.99 a month.
  • Spotify Premium – The all-singing, all-dancing, top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your cellphone or a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $9.99 a month. (That’s the equivalent of a few fancy coffees).

Unfortunately, the free account only allows you to stream music from your personal computer (you’ll also be subjected to ads and limited to 10 hours/month of listening). If you want to listen to music on your Android device, you’ll need to spring for the $10 per month premium plan.

Getting Your Hands on an Invitation

If you weren’t lucky enough to get an invitation this time around, there are a few ways you can go about getting into the invite-only service.

  1. Spotify has partnered with Klout to give Spotify accounts to users who sign up for the Klout service (which is also free). Once you sign up for Klout (or if you’re already a member), simply log in and go to the “Perks” page for more information, including your chance to sign up.  If you get 5 users to sign up for a Klout account via a personal link, you’ll gain access to Spotify’s premium service for a limited time. You can check your Klout perk status on Klout’s website. (And don’t forget to give Android and Me Klout points in the Android category.
  2. Motorola will be announcing giveaways via its Facebook and Twitter accounts over the next few weeks. Motorola encourages users to stay tuned to their social media accounts for more details, as they have a limited number of invitations to giveaway to their followers.

We’ll have more information on Spotify (including a review of the service/application) once we’ve had some time to thoroughly test the service. If you’re interested in getting in on the action to test for yourself, you may want to check out Klout or Motorola to try to score an invitation.

Are you excited for Spotify, or are you already happy with Pandora/Slacker/Google Music/Amazon/any of the other streaming music services out there?  Let us know in the comments.

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