Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Jul 2011 19:33 UTC
Podcasts Spotify launched in the US today, to become the third serious provider after MOG and RDIO services that offer unlimited streaming of their catalog for a rather small-ish monthly fee. Napster, Real, ZunePass, Thumbplay (now sold away), also offer a similar service, but they never managed to capture the market the same way. I have used all three services above over the last year (some in a short trial mode, some through lengthy subscription), so here's how I see them go down.
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Spotify in the UK
by lucas_maximus on Thu 14th Jul 2011 21:22 UTC
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

@Eugenia

In the UK for ages we had Ad based listen to anything free service ... now we have 10 hours a month ... before I upgraded (it was less than a couple of pints of Ale down the local).

It concided with this article

http://www.themusicvoid.com/2011/04/spotify-labels-trying-to-kill-a...

Which you may be interested in.

Spotify is IMO a good way of stopping piracy because the price is just right, it is cheap enough that it is more effort to pirate than to pay to use it.

I really like it.

Last.FM is a different niche IMO ... more social music.

Edited 2011-07-14 21:29 UTC

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RE: Spotify in the UK
by Zaitch on Fri 15th Jul 2011 08:42 in reply to "Spotify in the UK"
Zaitch Member since:
2007-11-23

You hit the nail on the head. Spotify at 5ukp a month is a no brainer, less than the price of a single album. I never bought a lot of music ( a few albums a year maybe ), nor pirated it, preferring to listen to online streaming radio etc. However at 5ukp a month I took the plunge and have not regretted it at all, very pleased customer here. Price and service is just right.

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RE: Spotify in the UK
by kittynipples on Mon 18th Jul 2011 12:20 in reply to "Spotify in the UK"
kittynipples Member since:
2006-08-02

Artists make almost no money from services like Spotify, so it's not like the piracy angle benefits them anyway.

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