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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One other thing ...
by WorknMan on Thu 14th Jul 2011 22:33 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I haven't tried Spotify yet, but I see a lot of Ars commenters that are pissed off because the free service that Spotify offers ain't that great. Are people so f**king cheap these days that they refuse to pay for ANYTHING?

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RE: One other thing ...
by eml.nu on Fri 15th Jul 2011 06:07 in reply to "One other thing ..."
eml.nu Member since:
2006-07-04

We are cheap because we were used to unlimited music with ads. 10 hours per week isn't the only limit - you can only listen to the same song 5 times.

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RE[2]: One other thing ...
by WereCatf on Fri 15th Jul 2011 11:30 in reply to "RE: One other thing ..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

We are cheap because we were used to unlimited music with ads. 10 hours per week isn't the only limit - you can only listen to the same song 5 times.


In other words you're just spoiled and that's why you're whining?

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RE: One other thing ...
by WereCatf on Fri 15th Jul 2011 11:29 in reply to "One other thing ..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I haven't tried Spotify yet, but I see a lot of Ars commenters that are pissed off because the free service that Spotify offers ain't that great. Are people so f**king cheap these days that they refuse to pay for ANYTHING?


Agreed. The free Spotify subscription is just meant for sampling the service without having to pay for it, it's simply not meant to be a full-blown service without any payments.

I've been a Spotify Premium subscriber for a long time now and I'm absolutely delighted with it. I just wish they'd make a tablet-optimized version of their Android client, the phone-optimized one is simply unuseable on a tablet.

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