Sometimes, dreams really do come true. For music lovers, one definitely became reality on Thursday with the arrival of Spotify’s streaming music service on American shores. After dominating the cloud music business throughout most of Europe in recent years, what’s with all the excitement for their U.S. debut? Let’s find out.
While the rumors about Apple launching OS X Lion on Thursday seem unlikely to pan out, music lovers still have one reason to get out of bed in the morning -- after more than a year of rumors and hand-wringing negotiations, all you can eat streaming music service Spotify has finally landed in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Finally, maybe, someday soon, the award-winning music service Spotify will be available in the United States. After months of speculation, the Spotify website has announced that "Spotify is coming to the U.S." and that the service will "soon be landing on U.S. shores."
If you lived under a rock, then you didn't hear about Google Wallet, which was everywhere online and you can just tell it's one of those Google offerings that isn't going to Buzz or Wave itself away. But what the heck else happened this week? Well, we'll tell you all the questions you've been too embarrassed to ask about HTML5, we'll teach you how to get your mitts on some Spotify love, and we'll show you the strangest game you never knew you needed, like yesterday.
We know, you’re all sick of hearing about Europe’s favorite streaming music service, Spotify. Maybe you got excited all over again hearing rumors that the service could be incorporated into Facebook -- but now comes a “reality check” report throwing cold water on the idea.
Quick, what’s the hottest, must-have ticket in tech? No, it’s not Android, Thunderbolt, or even Google TV. It’s Spotify, the streaming music service that split the licensing atom to release virtually all the planet’s tunes –– over 13 million tracks and counting –– to users anywhere. Well, not quite anywhere. Since Spotify launched in 2008, it’s been available in only a handful of lucky European countries, and despite frequent rumors of an imminent American launch, we’re still waiting to be freed from the tyranny of managing downloads and backup solutions.
Americans have yet to be able to enjoy the spoils of Spotify, a European music streaming service that’s wildly popular across the pond. If the company wasn’t gunning for Apple before, they certainly are now -- with a new music download store, iPod syncing and mobile apps for free users.
While we’re all waiting (im)patiently all year for Apple to leverage their Lala acquisition into a streaming version of iTunes, Swedish music service Spotify has quickly become a favorite overseas, since Cupertino hasn’t allowed it into the U.S. App Store yet. But what if the delay could be tied to Apple’s desire to acquire the service outright?
When Apple purchased music streaming service LaLa this past spring, the company's faithful followers held our breath in the hopes of something great waiting a-tiptoe in the wings. turning red in the face, we knew in our hearts that Steve Jobs was going to let us in on 'one more thing' at an upcoming Keynote. Yes, streaming iTunes subscriptions would soon be upon us. Apple bought out LaLa in order to utilize their exisiting technology! In no time at all, we'd be enjoying our entire music collection everywhere we went, all served up from the coulds perhaps even from our MobileMe accounts. Life was looking pretty sweet.
We're no longer holding our breath. Keynotes have come and gone. No announcment surrounding the introduction of a streaming service has been made. As we stand near the cusp of 2011, are we any closer to seeing our musical content on-the-hoof dreams come true? If the New York Post has their facts straight, we can tell you this: Maybe.
If you’re a U.S. music lover who enjoys streaming a huge collection to your iDevice rather than carrying it all around with you, you’ve probably at least heard of Spotify -- and are still wondering why it hasn’t come to your country.