Spotify announces its American release

Posted on Jul 7 2011 - 9:50am by Julius

Spotify, a music streaming service that has enjoyed massive popularity in Europe, has announced that it will be launching in the US soon, though no specific date has been given.

According to the official Spotify website, “The award-winning music service that’s taken Europe by storm will soon be landing on US shores. Millions of tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your phone.”

People from the US can also get their invites in the same page by sending in their email addresses.

Spotify’s US arrival has been highly anticipated, much like the arrival of Duke Nukem Forever. And despite waiting for two years, its arrival in the country comes at a time when the digital music industry is enjoying a new surge. Apple, Amazon and Google are all creating or have already released their cloud-based services.

NoiseCast reported that it received an email from “an executive of a major label,” which said that the music service would be available sometime between July 5 and 15. The email also said that Spotify would charge $10 a month for an unlimited mobile subscription.

In an interview by Wired two years ago, Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek said: “We feel very comfortable, in that the labels want to see Spotify in the US. Our hope is to get something up and running before the end of the year. We get around a thousand e-mails a week from people in the US who want access to Spotify, so we know that there’s a demand for the product. It is important for us, though, to figure out the best execution, as we are very serious about being able to monetize the content that we license.”


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