Way back in May, we suggested a possible compromise between artists and devout EDM fans willing to spend their hard-earned cash on tracks. “Imagine being able to pay one fee and having access to the latest releases,” we wrote. “What if all these songs lived remotely in the cloud, and could be streamed to your phone or saved for offline listening?”
Well all that’s about to happen. Spotify, a music streaming service previously only available in Europe, has finally made its way across the pond. The service offers two plans. Spotify Premium, which costs $4.99 per month, allows you to instantly stream any track you want, and listen as long as you want without commercial interruptions (kind of like Pandora and Grooveshark combined, but better). Spotify Unlimited, which costs $9.99 a month, lets you access the same catalog of songs in higher quality from your mobile device. More importantly, it also allows you to “cache” playlists so that you can access them without an Internet connection. Don’t think of it as a replacement to your 50GB iTunes library, but as a convenient addition.
For now, Spotify is in beta for free ad-supported accounts. If you feel like diving right in and signing up for a plan right away, click here.