Spotify Debuts in U.S With Paid Plans and Invite-Only Free Service
One of the largest music streaming giants, Spotify, announced today that they would be debuting their services in the United States. The launch is currently in beat phase and is available as an invite only Free service along-with two paid versions: Unlimited at $4.99/month and Premium at $9.99/month.
Spotify has also released an iPhone app in the App Store for users to take advantage of Spotify’s offerings on their iOS device. However, mobile users must be subscribed to the Premium service in order to use the iPhone app.
During our invite-only beta phase, we’ll be offering three great services – from absolutely free to paid subscriptions. The services we’re launching today are:
– Spotify Free – the unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to over 15 million songs on your computer and 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. All for only $4.99 a month.
– Spotify Premium – the 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 and 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 couple of fancy coffees.)
Spotify’s debut in the United States is backed by ad partners including Coca-Cola/Sprite, Chevrolet, Motorola, Reebok and Sonos who are developing specific ads for the service. Spotify has seen much success in Europe and is going to get the chance to establish itself in the US and possibly compete with other music giants such as Napster, iTunes, and Pandora.