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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  • http://Website Alan Robertson

    Well you had to wait a while, but you get it about a third cheaper that we do in the UK, where we have to pay £4.99/£9.99 (around $8/$16) for the service!!

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Fair enough. I even saw that it was the same in Pounds and Dollars on the Spotify/Wiki sites, but didn’t really make the connection as I was just trying to figure out if mobile streaming was allowed in the $5 or $10 tier (or both). It had been reported both ways.

      On the bright side, the $16 per month is on par with Netflix? ;) Or will you be paying 16 pounds for that as well (if it’s available outside the U.S.)

      • http://Website Alan Robertson

        Nope that’s US-only too! Thank goodness we have the BBC iPlayer, although I believe they’re launching a subscription version of it for outside the UK.

  • http://Website TJ

    If you go premium, you don’t have to wait. :)

  • http://Website Frank C

    So the free version is only 10hrs of free listening a month..FAIL! That’s not even an appetizer imo.

  • http://twitter.com/simontaghioff caffeinedependent

    As someone who’s used Spotify since its invite-only UK beginnings, none of those other services is a true cloud jukebox (they mostly seem to be either radio-style services where you can’t fully control what gets played or ‘cloud lockers’ which are just a way of streaming your existing MP3 collection).

    I can stream anything I want instantly in high quality to my laptop or phone, all the playlists sync up automatically with offline access for when I’m on the tube and I can even build collaborative ones with friends.

    Those other services do have their place (particularly where they’re community-focused like turntable.fm), but compared to stuff like Pandora, Spotify is basically in a league of its own.

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com max

    i dont know about this but it sounds good and its a good price

  • http://Website transient

    Sticking with my year subscription of Grooveshark anywhere. Only $20 when I got it. If they aren’t sued into oblivion, I’ll probably stick with them. Heard the Spotify collection isn’t as wide.

  • Kinslayer

    I’m in Europe and have been using Spotify for years now, it’s amazing.
    It looks like I can send invites to people in the US, and I have 12 here free to give away.
    Just reply to this message with your email, or reply to this message and then PM me your email.

  • http://Website Ben

    Doesn’t support FLAC, which makes me sad.

  • Futureboy

    I originally wasn’t sure about spotify, but now that I’ve actually had my hands on it, I have to say, it’s really nice and I may even go premium to get it on my mobile.

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