By Stephen Schenck | July 6, 2011 4:46 PM
Last month, we learned that Spotify was very interested in launching its music service in the United States, a market it had yet to secure the licensing agreements to operate in. The company was supposedly well on its way to making that dream a reality, and was working out the final issues it would need to take care of before being able to start State-side service. Sure enough, Spotify has now made an official announcement that it will soon be coming to the US, along with its apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile.
The streaming music service is a huge hit in Europe, where it’s available as both an ad-supported PC version, as well as a premium subscription service that’s also accessible via smartphone. That’s what we’re interested in, since the free version won’t connect to mobile devices. Spotify hasn’t revealed what pricing options will be available in the US, but its current rates work out to the equivalent of about $15 a month.
The big question will be how well Spotify can continue to perform with the introduction of all the new cloud-based music options for smartphones. Granted, Spotify is more about discovering new music than necessarily giving you access to what you already are familiar with, something the likes of Google Music struggles at, but those monthly fees can really add up. Still, it might be premature to pass judgement until we know just what Spotify will charge US customers, and we can’t deny that one million paying subscribers must mean it’s doing something right.
If you want an invite to get started with Spotify in the US as soon as it’s ready, head on over to the company’s site and leave your email address.