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Spotify Now Available in the U.S. on Android

 

Yep, it’s Spotify day here in the U.S. of A.  The streaming music service that has been taking the rest of the world by storm is now available to all of you.  Spotify allows its users to choose an unlimited number of their favorite tracks, make playlists out of them, listen to them offline and even enjoy them on mobile devices.  It’s not like Pandora…at all.  You can skip around, choose specific tracks, and never have to listen to the random no-name band that sort of sounds like the actual band you like.  While we’re new to it as well, we have spent a few minutes with it this morning on both our Sonos system and phone and can already see that this will be our next overused music service.

We should point out that in order to gain mobile access, you’ll need a premium account which starts at $9.99 a month.  There are free options though, if you are just looking to test out the service through a computer browser before making the paid leap.

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More info can be found at the Spotify website.  Everyone ready for this?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ctmorris Chris Morris

    How is this any different from Rhapsody?

  • Shadowz1218

    I’ve been an avid user of GrooveShark for about a year and I have to say Spotify blows it out of the water. Yea, it sucks you have to pay $10/month for mobile access (just like you have to with Rdio, MOG, etc), but you’re paying for a higher quality service. GrooveShark has low quality music that’s ripped from YouTube and is not organized like Spotify (if you search for a song, you get 10 different results for the same song, as opposed to just 1). Finally there’s a music service that’s strong enough to compete with iTunes. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m loving the competition! =D

  • Anonymous

    I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, GrabPenny.com

  • Anonymous

    So essentially there is no reason for SiriusXM to exist anymore. I mean,a third of the stations sound llike they’re being played through a tin can anyway.

  • Anonymous

    Fortunately they have the new Limp Bizkit

  • Anonymous

    It didn’t take me too long to stump Spotify :(  A few of my favorite Mountain Goats albums were missing (Sweden, All Hail West Texas, and The Life of the World to Come)

    • nacho220

      Sounds like I wouldn’t be too much of a fan then if they are that easy to stump ;-)
      Selection is my biggest concern with these music services since I listen to a lot of rare stuff.

      • Anonymous

        It has been pretty good beyond that, though.  Found some more obscure stuff like Little Scream, Suckers, and Young Galaxy

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    Im Still Waiting for Invitation Code to use FREE before I Buy Thats What I did with SLACKER

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    Wait, this costs 10 bucks a month? Why the hell is everyone so stoked about it? Get Tinyshark, it gives you Grooveshark music for free.

  • Anonymous

    I prefer Grooveshark.

  • http://twitter.com/teardropcity teardropcity

    I have been a Rhapsody subscriber for years now, but my beef with them is they want an extra 5 bucks a month to access the android app on both my phone and tablet. Does anyone know if Spotify’s 10 dollar plan lets you do more than one mobile device?

    • nacho220

      I hear ya on that teardropcity. You can use both, but just not at the same time. If you log out of one you can login to the other. I was paying the extra 5 bucks a month for a while before I found out about that.

  • Anonymous

    “”We should point out that in order to gain mobile access, you’ll need a
    premium account which starts at $9.99 a month””

    FAIL

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

    just use hype! for hypemachine…

    but i may add this to my slacker/pandora/grooveshark mix…

  • Pcob7

    Doesn’t GhostTown do this for free?

    • http://www.facebook.com/minh43 Minh Ly

      Ghosttown also uses Youtube for their music, so the quality isn’t all that great. And I have never had it play a full song w/o buffering multiple times…it’s annoying. Pandora works seamlessly w/ my connection, but Ghostown sucks.

      • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

        hmmm, are you using 3g? i wonder if lte/wifi would fix that…

  • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

    never did get my beta invite from them, and $9.99 a month is a little crazy so ill definitely pass on this one.

  • http://twitter.com/Cory_OBrien1979 Cory O’Brien

    If anyone is looking to get in, check out my twitter feed.  I have a link posted to help you get in. @cory_obrien1029:twitter

  • mjal

    Ugh, I cannot stand DJ Khaled.

    • Adam Elghor

      lol him or his songs cuz i like his songs….just not his voice

  • Raggy

    You can only listen to a few hours of music and the track only a few times, so Spotify isn’t what it use to be.

  • Ohiokid

    “There are free options though, if you are just looking to test out the service through a computer browser before making the paid leap.”

    Uh where is there browser access?? It doesn’t exist.  You need to download a program on your PC/Mac, which on my work computer I cannot do.  Rdio FTW.

    • Anonymous

      They aren’t totally live yet, maybe that part of the site isn’t up yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Sosa/635420640 Kevin Sosa

    I’m on one.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone have an invite code I can use. I use Grooveshark, but I’m willing to give this a try.

  • Fartbubbler

    10 bucks a month just for mobile access?  ummm…no.

    • Anonymous

      you also get offline playlists as well as 320kbps songs (as opposed to 160). That’s on top of it being ad-free and there are no listening caps.

    • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.cronin1 Timothy Cronin

      As well as access from any PC/Mac/linux box. So its not just “mobile”.

  • Anonymous

    It’s desktop app makes it much easier to use than Google and Pandora.  The free option works just great with very limited commercials.  The problem for me is you need the premium subscription for mobile access.  $10/month is too much for me as I dont’ listen to music enough to justify it.  For people already paying for music this has to be a very attractive option.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree. If you’ve already paid for your music, you’d want a free service like google music to stream your tunes anywhere, including your mobile device. Why would someone who bought a huge library of music want to pay a MONTHLY service to stream their shit to their phone?

      • Anonymous

        OK, that’s one specific case.  But here’s a couple other reasons:
        1) No library (yes, there are people, especially young who are just starting out)
        2) illegal library (so no double paying there)
        3) small legal library
        4) do not want to be tied to Androind or iOS
        5) Want access to largest possible library, as most people’s “huge library” pales in comparison to actual number of available music

        These may not apply to you, but not everyone is like you or me.  Just look at all the people bragging about their illegal music in the comments.  

        • Anonymous

          Your edit is correct. I was only targeting your last sentence. I’m sorry, in retrospect I should have made that more clear.

          However, I still don’t think paying is an attractive thing for anyone who’s paid for music already. But I don’t think people should pay for music in general. The free versions of both Grooveshark and Spotify are more attractive at this point, and Grooveshark wins out in that arena because, despite being a little uglier, it’s accessible anywhere via its webapp and it has unlimited streaming with no audio ads.

  • Anonymous

    Ten bucks a month? No thanks, I’ll stick to my illegal free music on my computer coupled with google music!

    • The Observer

      That’s exactly what I was going to say.

      Great minds think alike.

    • Mike

      What do you use on your PC? I use MP3 Music Downloader on my TB and that works great with the cloud

      • Anonymous

        I use beemp3, works wonders!

        • Mike

          Just tried it and whenever I click download it opens a new page that says “waiting for…” forever. If I click link and open in new window, it just starts playing the song in a wav file

          • Anonymous

            Right click then save link as… ( that’s what I do using chrome anyways)

  • Anonymous

    Uh…how was Grooveshark not mentioned?

    • nacho220

      I use Grooveshark too but I have a Rdio subscription so I use that more often. Certainly worth mentioning but I would guess maybe no other mention since they aren’t true “subscription” I guess.

      • Anonymous

        They have a subscription option, but they also have a free option. They’re exactly like spotify in terms of plans and usage, except that Grooveshark doesn’t limit any free accounts and spotify seems to be loved by everyone (moneyhats, people?).

        • Anonymous

          Even if you have no money to spend on music (or no justification to do so) I would imagine their free option will put pressure on sites like Pandora with their awful interface to keep on improving.  I was a Pandora fan until their service fell apart in the last few months.

          • Anonymous

            Pandora just announced this week a new, beautiful UI that’s 100% HTML5.

            Also, your entire comment didn’t really respond to mine in any way. I was proving to nacho that Grooveshark deserves a mention because they do have a subscription plan, and are an awesome service.

          • Adam Elghor

            hey i downloaded grooveshark but i dont see the option for a free add filled account

          • Anonymous

            Like spotify, Grooveshark doesn’t let you use their mobile app for free. But if you go to the Grooveshark store, you can buy a T-shit for $20 bucks and get a year of their mobile service for free, which is a great deal. At least, you used to be able to. Dunno if they still have that deal.

          • nacho220

            I agree it is an awesome service, but still feel it isn’t a true “subscription” service. I’ve used nearly all the music services out there and put together an extensive research article going through all of them. I understand you can get a subscription, but their library consists of tracks uploaded from other users. The majority of albums I search for I either don’t find on there at all, or I find them but their tags are all messed up because of the user that uploaded them, or there are only 3 tracks of the 11 on the album.

            I mean I hear what you are saying, I just meant it more along the lines of not being a true “subscription” service because its not like Rhapsody or MOG or Rdio in that you’ve got the album there or you don’t and the album was added to the library by the company. That’s all I was really saying. I actually had their VIP plan for a while but let it run out because I didn’t use it as much as Rdio due to situations I was running into with their library that I mentioned above. But I’m in the both with you about what is the big deal that Spotify is being loved by everyone.

          • Anonymous

            Fair enough. I feel like saying it’s not “true subscription” is the wrong term for it, but I can’t really come up with a better one. However, you can contribute to make the community better by uploading correctly tagged stuff and reporting incorrectly tagged music. And the stuff it doesn’t have is often missing because of issues w/ bands, similar to other services. No Beatles, for example. Though I agree, the other services which deal directly w/ the artists sometimes have stuff Grooveshark can’t, like Van Morrison for example. I just wish they had a way to purchase a year or two at a time of their service for a lot less than paying monthly, like Grooveshark’s t-shirt sale I keep mentioning. Not a fan of subscriptions, and I don’t use it enough to justify paying more than $10 or $20 in total for such a service.

    • Anonymous

      Grooveshark has been available forever and is pretty awesome. I honestly don’t care so much about spotify just because it’s a little prettier. The entire tech blogosphere (headed by the now-shitty Gizmodo) has treated Spotify like a godsend even though Grooveshark is the same shit. Hopefully now that it’s no longer forbidden fruit, people will shut up about it.

      Unless spotify lets me use the mobile app for free, or gives me a nice deal for a limited time of the mobile service, they’re not getting my business. Grooveshark gives you a free year of their $9/mo service when you buy a $20 shirt (netting you around $88). Plus, Grooveshark’s free accounts have unlimited streaming and just visual ads, while spotify caps you at 10hrs/mo (though for now it’s unlimited in the US) and has on-screen and audio ads.

      • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.cronin1 Timothy Cronin

        Spotify regular and premium accounts both do not support ads.

        • Anonymous

          I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. Spotify free has ads and play limits. The paid spotify accounts don’t have ads, just like Grooveshark.

  • Guest

    just use TinyShark..  its free and does the samething except it search GrooveShark’s database

    • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.cronin1 Timothy Cronin

      A lot of the song are actually played through youtube, which is why the sound quality is not always the best.  Also why on occasion all you can find is an acoustic verison. It’s what also keeps it free.

      • Anonymous

        That is pure bullshit. TinyShark unofficially uses GrooveShark’s database. Not youtube.

  • Anonymous

    Can someone explain why this is better than Mog or Rhapsody? I keep seeing people get all excited about this, and based on the descriptions, I don’t get it.

    • nacho220

      True…MOG or Rhapsody too, as well as Rdio. I know that Spotify in Europe has a lot of great bands albums available there and since I listen to a lot of European acts that interests me…but they wouldn’t be available here anyone because of that. Just like Rdio even…they include albums in artists discographies that are available in a different region but not available to me. So I really don’t see this being different than MOG or Rhapsody, just as RedPandaAlex said also.

  • nacho220

    First? I feel this may be no different than Rdio… can anyone share with me the differences?

  • Anonymous

    Amazing