Spotify

Spotify is a commercial music streaming service providing DRM-protected content from a range of major and independent record labels, including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Groupand Universal.If you like listening music in the cloud then spotify is the right choice , with over 15 million tracks available, the amount of accessible songs is impressive.

Launched in October 2008 by Swedish startup Spotify AB, the service had approximately ten million users as of 15 September 2010,  about 2.5 million of whom were paying members.

Spotify has launched in three new European markets: Italy, Poland and Portugal.

The expansion takes the total number of Spotify markets to 20: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Luxembourg, Italy, Poland and Portugal.

A six-month free trial period is activated upon Spotify account registration or first login with a Facebook account, where a user can listen to an unlimited amount of music supported by visual and radio-style advertising. After the trial, Spotify has a listening limit of 10 hours per month, divided into a 2.5 hour streaming allocation each week (with any unused hours carrying over to the next week). An “Unlimited” subscription removes advertisements and time limits and a “Premium” subscription introduces extra features such as higher bitrate streaming, offline access to music and mobile app access.Users can trial Spotify Premium for 48 hours by logging into Spotify Mobile for the first time, or get a 30-day trial for their first month. An active Facebook account is required to use Spotify if the user has signed up using Facebook, but as of 30 August 2012 the option to make a Spotify username has been reintroduced. Subscriptions are restricted to people with credit/debit cards or PayPal accounts registered in certain countries.

 

Spotify, service of so many songs, is now available in beta for download on newer Windows devices. Though it might be imperfect (due to the whole beta-dom) at least it’s available.

The app itself is free, as are the tunes for the first 30 days. After the free trial runs its course, however, users will have to pay US$9.99 a month for premium access.

Spotifiers will know (or perhaps not) that the premium service runs on all devices – phones, tablets, desktops, laptops – with no ads, while the free and unlimited (US$4.99/month) are restricted to just laptops and desktops.
Spot on

Digital music has meant the death of the cassette and the CD, and it’s also transformed the record industry. At an event in New York this week, the most disruptive online music service heralded what it claims is the next stage of that revolution. Rather than simply being a place for music fans to listen to songs they know they like, Spotify made a push to become the best place for people to discover the music they will like next, too, offering music enthusiasts “an amazing connection between artists and their fans that hasn’t been possible before”.

The online music service’s challenge to existing platforms such as iTunes, as well as radio stations, is driven by new partnerships with musicians themselves, who will now actively recommend new music, as well as relationships with media such as Time Out, which will recommend its favourite new releases. It will also upgrade its recommendation engines, to add new features that look at what people listen to, who is touring nearby and encourage people to try new things.

Those looking to get the app on their Windows Phone 8 handset should note that the roll out is just getting underway, meaning it might be a few hours before it appears in search or is downloadable in all regions.

Perhaps the app’s sweetest selling point is its access-granting powers to playlists and downloads when there’s no internet connection – perfect for those pesky times when you’re Wi-Fi is spotty and you need a music boost.

The ability to access tunes on any playlist simultaneously on a Windows Phone and PC is also a pretty nice perk.

The Spotify app is a score for newer devices, which up until now was only been available on earlier Windows phones. The apps for Windows Phone in general have been perceptively thin compared to those for the iPhone and Android handsets.

Microsoft tells us the Windows Phone Store is home to over 125,000 apps, significantly trailing Apple’s 775,000 apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Microsoft has some catch up to do, but at least it’s got a way to make some “we can do this” playlists.

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