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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RE: spotify
by Eugenia on Thu 14th Jul 2011 22:08 UTC in reply to "spotify"
Eugenia
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2005-06-28

GrooveShark is theoretically unlimited, since it's the users who upload songs, not the service. But the service is under fire from labels (sued), and its mobile apps are ousted from app stores. So I don't see this is as a serious contender to be honest. It might work for those who don't care getting a licensed, consistent-quality service, but not for the rest.

Edited 2011-07-14 22:09 UTC

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RE[2]: spotify
by Casey99 on Thu 14th Jul 2011 22:33 in reply to "RE: spotify"
Casey99 Member since:
2011-07-14

Grooveshark has a tremendous following for their free service. Assuming they can win their legal battles, they could become a very difficult competitor.

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RE[3]: spotify
by muszek on Fri 15th Jul 2011 11:49 in reply to "RE[2]: spotify"
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2007-04-25

I use Grooveshark from time to time to give my friends a link to a song, but the catalog is painfully spotty and inconsistent (because people usually do a crappy job tagging their libraries)... I can't imagine using it to listen regularly.

Unfortunately I live in a wrong country, so I can't check out any other service, but I imagine I'd have a much better time using them.

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