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  • Spotify Offering Free Unlimited Access to Music for First Six Months


    Spotify launched last week in the US with much fanfare, but one burning question was not answered at the launch. How many hours of free music a month will be available for users with a free account? Spotify didn’t say at launch, but now it seems that they have an answer.

    Users with a free account will have access to an unlimited amount of music for only the first six months. After that, limits will go into effect that will cut users off after they reach a set limit of hours a month. In Europe, users with free accounts are allotted ten hours of free music a month. Spotify has not said what the limit will be here in the US, but you can bet that it will be in line with what’s currently available in Europe.

    Spotify has been trying to launch in the US for at least two years, but has been blocked at every turn. Now that they’re finally available here, they undoubtedly want to gain as much exposure for their music service as possible. What better way to do that, then to not impose any limits till the end of the year.

    Spotify will remain free with no limits in the US until sometime around January 14, 2012. After that, who knows, but five bucks a month doesn’t seem like too much to ask for what they have to offer. Plus, you won’t have to put up with all those pesky ads if you get a paid account.

    Source: Business Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Spotify Offering Free Unlimited Access to Music for First Six Months started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Grooveshark has no limits. What are these idiots thinking? This isn't Europe. Spotify may dominate across the pond but they will get crushed stateside.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Grooveshark has no limits. What are these idiots thinking? This isn't Europe. Spotify may dominate across the pond but they will get crushed stateside.
      Grooveshark is also of questionable legality... though I like them as a spunky underdog, mostly because they support jailbreaking.

      Spotty has a massive outpouring of good PR working for them right now, but they'll get stonewalled eventually by the iTunes Match + Pandora/Last.fm + Grooveshark/MOG/Rhapsody/Rdio combo in the States, I bet... or they'll get bought out.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      grooveshark is the ****!!!. I <3 groove shark.
    1. AjBlue's Avatar
      AjBlue -
      How do you receive an invite? it's been forever since i have sent my email into them. wtf, the 6months will be over before i get in
    1. pwnerman0311's Avatar
      pwnerman0311 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AjBlue View Post
      How do you receive an invite? it's been forever since i have sent my email into them. wtf, the 6months will be over before i get in
      i dont think anyone is getting in anymore not right now that is
    1. dabisnit's Avatar
      dabisnit -
      Quote Originally Posted by pwnerman0311 View Post
      i dont think anyone is getting in anymore not right now that is
      Try Viagra?
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Grooveshark has no limits. What are these idiots thinking? This isn't Europe. Spotify may dominate across the pond but they will get crushed stateside.
      I dont even understand all the hype over Spotify.
    1. vikas3saraswat's Avatar
      vikas3saraswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Grooveshark has no limits. What are these idiots thinking? This isn't Europe. Spotify may dominate across the pond but they will get crushed stateside.
      You really comparing spotify with Grooveshark.
      No!! That's a kid's comparison.
      I have used all the apps and my iTune itself has 2.8 TB of music but nothing compares to spotify.
      I mean it.
      Use it for few weeks n see if you can let it go.
      I can't .......
      I signed up for free then unlimited but premium is the way to go.
      Hey 9.99 is not much for the stuff we get with premium.
      I have searched and listen to those songs, I could never imagine I will find it in a app.
      Free/ unlimited doesn't attract me, because still I have to sync my iPhone, so its like iTune but I don't own those songs.
      It does happen to me that all of sudden I remember a song, which I really wanna listen at that moment but I can't because I don't have in my iPod or in my spotify free/UL.
      And by the time I get back home.
      The charm is gone.
      But with premium I have every song with me.
      And I am lucky to have my grand fathered unlimited data plan.
      This is my point of view, but I will never dare to compare spotify with any other apps.
      They deserve all the credit and my $9.99 every month.
    1. jhtapia's Avatar
      jhtapia -
      Quote Originally Posted by pwnerman0311 View Post
      i dont think anyone is getting in anymore not right now that is
      I received mine yesterday.
    1. Blade600rr06's Avatar
      Blade600rr06 -
      Yesterday! Me too.....
    1. AfterMercyFM's Avatar
      AfterMercyFM -
      Who needs an invite?

      Update: Spotify gives Premium (maybe the same for Unlimited) subscribers 4 invites. I've used mine up, so if you got one of mine, spread the love to the others here.
    1. bkbrawler's Avatar
      bkbrawler -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      Who needs an invite?
      I do, I would like to try it out, bkbrawler@gmail.com, thank you.
    1. javilo's Avatar
      javilo -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      Who needs an invite?
      I need an Invite javilo33@gmail.com
    1. bsltiger's Avatar
      bsltiger -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      Who needs an invite?
      Bsltiger@gmail.com

      Please and thank you.
    1. jhonyverdugo2000's Avatar
      jhonyverdugo2000 -
      I do
      jhonyverdugo2000@gmail.com
    1. baskln's Avatar
      baskln -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      Who needs an invite?
      I'd like an invite plz. Baskln@aol.com
    1. jaas75's Avatar
      jaas75 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      Who needs an invite?
      my email: jaas75@yahoo.com

      thxs in advance guys
    1. severe's Avatar
      severe -
      I've subscribed with a free account for now, but when I try to play a song it tells me that "Streaming is only available to Premium subscribers".

      Where's the unlimited access?

      Am I doing something wrong?
    1. AfterMercyFM's Avatar
      AfterMercyFM -
      Quote Originally Posted by severe View Post
      I've subscribed with a free account for now, but when I try to play a song it tells me that "Streaming is only available to Premium subscribers".

      Where's the unlimited access?

      Am I doing something wrong?
      Streaming from your phone is only offered to Premium subscribers. Lame, I know but that alone made me jump to Premium. Free let's you stream online from your computer. Which again is kind of lame because you're able to listen to all your songs already or just YouTube them.
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      Who needs an invite?
      Got it! Thanks!