Spotify goes Stateside

Spotify seems to have licensed its way into the US and A, following months of negotiations with record labels.

The Swedish music-streaming service has been entertaining lugholes in some countries in Europe and Scandinavia since its launch in October 2008.

The service is free to those willing to listen to the odd advert between tracks or available on an ad-free subscription of £10 per month. The outfit says its catalogue contains "millions and millions of tracks and albums"and claims it adds some 10,000 new tracks we’re adding every day. In our experience it also loses a few along the way, as some of those you add to your library can become unavailable. Still, we can't knock it that much, in fact we even pay for it.

The Spot has been banging up against the US borders for some time now, running into a reluctant - and outdated - music lobby but, according to an announcement on its web site, the US has finally caved in and opened up

"Spotify is coming to the US" the proclamation reads. "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."

Interested USAsians can sign up here.

It's been a busy day for Spotify, having earlier announced a hook-up with Virgin Media in the UK that will see broadband customers receiving discounted subscriptions to the service.

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