In 2008, a new music computer software called Spotify was released in Stockholm, Sweden.  As it spread to other countries in Europe, the company received high compliments from both the press as well as celebrities.  According to Spotify’s website, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quoted as saying, “Spotify is so good,” and the Los Angeles Times claimed, “It blows the doors off anything on the market.”  Finally, after years of battling with US record labels, Spotify has come to America.

So what exactly is Spotify?  Spotify, like iTunes, is a computer software that distributes and plays music.  However, unlike iTunes, Spotify has three subscription options.  These options are Spotify Free (price implied), Spotify Unlimited ($5/month) and Spoitfy Premium, the ultimate Spotify experience ($10/month).  Normally, I would be inclined to say that Spotify is just another subscription music service, but it really isn’t.

Competitors, such as MOG, also charge $10/month for unlimited music and a mobile application, but that’s the only subscription option available.  What really sets Spotify apart is the free option and the quality of the mobile application. With music piracy still an issue, having a free and legal music outlet is a big deal for the casual consumer because they are now getting the product they want, at the price they want, without breaking any laws.

For music enthusiasts, the Spotify Premium mobile application offers a cleaner, more efficient and less glitchy interface than MOG.  Having tried both MOG and Spotify, I would highly recommend Spotify to a music consumer of any level. Currently, signing up for a Spotify account is invitation only, but it will become available to the general public shortly. It’s worth the wait!

-Mike Thal
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