Over the past few weeks, streaming music startup Spotify has quietly been signing deals with the major U.S. music distributors as it prepares for a U.S. launch
. But now that the Swedish firm has locked up EMI and Sony (with Universal in tow), it's also begun to hire people in the U.S.
, signaling that we're gonna see the mythical service in action soon. Here's why you should be excited:
- It's unlimited and on demand, meaning you'll have access to millions of songs that you can listen to whenever you want, however many times you want. And you'll be able to download copies to your mobile devices for listening when you don't have a cellular signal.
- You don't have to worry about downloading and buying most of your music. As we've already seen with similar companies such as MOG and Rdio, you'll have access to nearly all of the music you'd hear on the radio or come across on TV. And it's all streamable online via web browser or smartphone app, meaning it takes up no disk space. When it comes to more obscure music however, it's a bit of a crapshoot.
- But luckily, the desktop app for Spotify will seamlessly merge your downloaded MP3 files with the "library" you've built in the cloud using their service. When you sync the desktop app to the smartphone, it will transfer those files to the Android or iOS Spotify app, just like iTunes would.
- It's also not terribly expensive. Gauging from the other services (which currently charge $5-$10 a month, Spotify won't be much more expensive than that (maybe $15/month at the most), which means that you get access to millions of albums on demand for the price of a digital album a month.
But if you're really excited for streaming music and don't want to wait for Spotify, you should check out Rdio or MOG .
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