Spotify launches new ways to listen and pay
Spotify is bloody great. It's the online and mobile app that gives you access to music for free. If you'd prefer not to have poorly produced commercials rammed in your head holes, then you can subscribe to the premium service for £9.99 a month.
Spotify grew quickly in its home country of Sweden, but after several months of establishing its userbase in the UK by allowing free sign-up, they reinforced its invite-only policy. Today, two more ways to use their service have been announced, one of which doesn't require any invites. The first, Spotify Open, can be signed up for immediately - the downside is that it's ad-supported and usage is capped to 20 hours per month.
The second new option is Spotify Unlimited for £4.99 a month, which allows unlimited, ad-free access, but none of the Premium features (which still costs £9.99) - offline features include better sound quality, offline access and mobile apps.
Despite initial reservations about a deal with Apple concerning their iPhone app and the lack of a US launch, Spotify are quickly establishing themselves as a must-have service, a service enhanced by community sites - Share My Playlists is the most prolific, with over 18,000 user playlists (as well as playlists from artists and radio stations) that can be searched and played in one click. Free music, free playlists - ideal for the frugal music fan.