By Stephen Schenck | September 23, 2011 11:11 AM
This past summer, popular music service Spotify finally became available to fans in the US. With all the licensing agreements worked-out with the labels, Spotify was officially open for business on this side of the Atlantic. In fact, things worked out quite nicely for US users, despite the wait, because they’re able to get an account that supports smartphones for a lower monthly cost than European users. So far, though, if you just wanted to casually check out the free version of the service in the US, you’d need an invitation. That’s all about to change, with plans to drop the invite requirement and offer some extended-length full trials.
CEO Daniel Ek mentioned the changes at Facebook’s F8 conference, which is only fitting because Facebook is a big part of these new changes; in order to sign up without an invite, you’ll have to do so via Facebook. While that only affects US users, all new Spotify accounts will get six months of free access with no per-month listening restrictions.
That should help you get a taste for the service, and decide if it’s something worth shelling out a little cash for. After you know if Spotify’s right for you, you can upgrade to a premium account, finally granting you smartphone access, for $10 a month.