This commercial music streaming service provides DRM-protected content from record labels such as Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal. Spotify had about 10 million users as of 2010, including about 2.5 million paying users. By 2012 the figure had grown to 20 millioin users, including 5 million paying a monthly subscription fee.
Spotify can currently be used on Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, S60 (Symbian), webOS, Samsung Smart TV, Squeezebox, Boxee, Sonos, WD TV, Roku, MeeGo, Telia Digital-tv, and TiVo platforms. It allows music to be browsed by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist or through direct searching. Users can purchase music by following a link.
The service is free for six months following the user’s initial registration or login using a Facebook account, supporting unlimited listening accompanied by radio-style advertising. After the trial period listening is limited to 10 hours per month. In the US and some other areas ad-supported unlimited streaming is available after the trial period ends.
The “Unlimited” subscription option removes advertisements and time limits, while the “Premium” subscription adds features such as higher-quality streaming, offline access to music and mobile app access. The “Premium” option is available for a trial period.
Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, and now has its international headquarters in London.
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