So the news that Spotify is available here in the United States is old, however I still thought I would share what my views on the service is. About 1.5 months ago I was invited to join Spotify prior to it being available to everyone. I really like the fact that it is very similar to iTunes in the page layout and functionality. It is also good because you can find just about any artist on there and you can listen to an artist’s entire album for free! There are obviously ads associated with the free service and it does limit you to 10 hours per month. If you wish to listen to it more than that you’ll need to pay for a monthly subscription.
For me, I will never purchase a monthly subscription to Spotify. While I am a huge music fan I honestly do not purchase enough music to justify the monthly subscription price. For me it is easiest to just preview all the songs using Spotify, GrooveShark, or YouTube, and then if I really like them I buy them on iTunes. Call me thrifty…. 🙂
On the other hand, a Spotify subscription is great for those who purchase a lot of music on a monthly basis. For these types you just have a monthly fee and can access your music from anywhere. One thing I am skeptical of though is after you have paid your monthly subscription, for let’s say a year, and you then cancel your membership, I am pretty sure you will have nothing to show for it. While you will still have your playlists, you will not have any downloaded music with which you can do as you wish. If someone knows more about this, please leave a comment!
Overall, I think Spotify is the music version of Netflix, a premium subscription is great if you listen to a ton of music and can justify the monthly cost; not that it is very expensive, but still.