Spotify now available in the U.S. [video]

By on July 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Spotify now available in the U.S. [video]

Spotify, the trendy music on demand service that has garnered tremendous media attention in Europe, has finally launched in the U.S. as rumored last week. Spotify announced earlier this month that it would become available in the U.S. “soon,” though open negotiations with Warner Music Group were reportedly preventing the company from setting a firm launch date. Apparently Warner finally came around. The Spotify service lets users stream unlimited music on demand, and also build and share playlists. For the time being, the free ad-supported version of Spotify that allows streaming to Windows and OS X PCs only is available as an invite-only service in the U.S. Those who don’t want to wait, however, can pay: a premium $9.99 per month subscription will let users stream ad-free music to mobile devices, share playlists and cache music for offline playback. A $4.99 intermediate plan will remove ads from the stream, but it doesn’t support streaming to the company’s mobile apps, which are already available for iOS devices in the App Store and for Android devices in the Android Market. A nifty little intro video can be seen below along with Spotify’s full press release. More →

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Spotify said to launch in U.S. next week

By on July 8, 2011 at 12:30 PM.

Spotify said to launch in U.S. next week

Popular European streaming music service Spotify could launch in the U.S. as soon as next week, AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka speculates. Spotify announced earlier this week that it would be taking its talents to the U.S., but it gave no indication as to how soon the launch might occur. AllThingsD says the smart money is on a launch next week, and the blog has historically been accurate with its coverage of the Stockholm-based music start-up. Kafka reaffirms that Spotify only has deals inked with three of the four major U.S. record labels, but he says a deal with Warner Music Group is close enough to being signed that it should be completed ahead of a launch next week. Like Microsoft’s Zune service or Rhapsody, Spotify allows users to stream music on demand, create playlists and more. The service uses a freemium model that permits ad-supported content to be streamed to desktop computers for free, and then offers mobile streaming, playlist sharing and sheds the ads for paid subscribers. Spotify has not yet revealed pricing for the U.S. market. More →

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iPad 2 will launch on April 2nd or 9th according to rumor

By on January 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM.

iPad 2 will launch on April 2nd or 9th according to rumor

A new rumor suggests that Apple’s second-generation iPad will be released in the U.S. in early April. German Apple enthusiast blog MacNotes.de claims to have well-sourced information that points to an iPad 2 launch in the U.S. on either Saturday, April 2nd or Saturday, April 9th. The next-generation iPad will be a U.S. exclusive for several months before launching internationally in July, according to the report. Apple’s first iPad followed a similar pattern, launching only in the U.S. at first and then becoming available in additional markets later on. The blog also states that Apple will sell the new iPad directly for six months before retail partners like Walmart and Best Buy offer the tablet. Finally, the report’s source claims that the new iPad will feature a Retina Display, a USB port and dual cameras, all of which are in line with previous rumors. More →

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