Americans can rejoice, the Spotify streaming music service that has proved to be so popular in Europe is now available in the U.S. Users of the iOS and Android OS can now stream 13 million songs to their smartphone.
Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 out of a desire to develop a legal alternative to music piracy. It pulled in so many users that it is now the second single largest source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe.
Smartphone users who want access to the catalog of millions of songs need to sign up for Spotify Premium. This costs $9.99 a month but is ad-free and has an off-line mode.
A free version enables people to upload their own music and then stream it to their mobile device, or to buy playlists of music from Spotify. This version includes ads, but a $4.99 a month plan has the same features minus the ads.
There are versions of this software available now in the Android Market, while iPhone and iPad users should the iTunes App Store. Versions for Windows Phone and webOS are in development.
Spotify is currently allowing U.S. residents to request invitations on its website. Those who don’t want to wait can sign up for a $4.99 Unlimited or $9.99 Premium plan, which will allow them to join today.
Spotify has released a demo to show off the features of its streaming-music service: