Ok, apparently this is Spotify week, counting all my posts, but I just found out that the service has launched for the public, at least in terms of paying accounts! Also, as a launch bonus, I have 10 more invites for the fast commenters.
Record company deals
Spotify has signed groundbreaking deals with companies such as Universal Music Group, Sony, BMG, EMI Music, Warner Music Group, Merlin, The Orchard and Bonnier Amigo. The result of this lets the service excel into a fantastic while also legal alternative to illegal downloading and file-sharing.
The different account types are such lucrative deals, I predict a lot of people will start paying for quality instead of downloading something sub-par through a probably untrusted source with their nearest BitTorrent service.
Spotify account options
Basically, there are three types of accounts you can have with Spotify:
- Free account
- This is sponsored by ads, and is for the moment only available through invites, and for the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Norway.
- Day pass, 24 h
- Costs respectively 1â‚¬ / Â£1 / 9SEK. It gives you free access without advertisements for 24 hours, and a great first step if you’re curious about the service.
- Premium, monthly/yearly
- The Premium account is what you want if you get hooked to Spotify (and you will ). It costs 9â‚¬ / Â£9 / 99SEK for a month, or 99â‚¬ / Â£99 / 999SEK for a year. Currently available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Finland and Norway.
So, to sum it up: due to rights and contracts at the moment, currently free invite-accounts are only available to certain European countries, while the Day-pass and Premium services are available in a few more. However, from what I hear, it will most likely be available to most parts of the world within the near future, so stay tuned!
10 more invites
As a special launch bonus, I can offer the first 10 commenters asking for it an invite to the free Spotify service (invite will be sent to the e-mail address you write in the comment).
Now, I’d recommend virtually anyone without an invite to try the Spotify Day pass. Within 24 hours, you’ll swear by it, mark my words.