Ready your headphones, kids. Spotify, the European music-streaming service, has officially announced it's U.S. launch. No, not specifically, but we do know that it is "coming soon."
Go to the spotify.com site and you will be redirected to the coming soon page, where they announce -
The award-winning music service that’s taken Europe by storm will soon be landing on US shores. Millions of tracks ready to play instantly, on your computer and your phone.
There you will also find a box where you can sign up for and email invite that will allow you to be one of the first to be able to use the service when it launches for real.
The American expansion of the Sweden-based service was expected after they scored $100 million in funding and reportedly signed licensing deals with UMG, Sony and EMI among others.
Spotify currently offers a basic free streaming service, although it has recently been dialed back a little to encourage users to pay for premium packages. The free service still offers millions of tracks on-demand and is ad-supported, as you would expect. One subscription service offers unlimited music and is currently 5 euros ($7.22) a month. The more premium package lets users stream unlimited music to their mobile devices and is about 10 euros ($14.46) a month.
The paid subscriptions also offer higher bitrate streams and offline music access.
There's no doubt that Spotify will have competition from other streaming online music services that have grabbed a corner of the American market. Services like Pandora and Last.fm have pretty fervent fan bases in the states. Not to mention the new cloud-services from Google and Apple that allow you to listen to your own music anywhere.
But if there is anything to the rumor of a Spotify / Facebook partnership, that could catapult the service into the top spot when it comes to streaming music.
There's no denying that Spotify is much loved in Europe. Are you excited about their move to the U.S.? Tell us what you think.