Spotify, the Swedish DRM-based popular music online service in Europe, is coming to U.S. shores. The music service offers more than 15 million songs.
One can enjoy free streaming of music without the hassle of waiting for files to download. The service offers artists and songs of your choice. As music is social, Spotify allows you to share songs and playlist with friends and even work together on collaborative playlists. The users can share music with a click to Facebook and Twitter.
Also, users can import their music files into Spotify from hard drive or iTunes Music Library. All your own music files stored on the computer can be synced to your iPod, iPhone or Android device with Spotify. It offers peer to peer streaming music player that allows lightning quick search options. The service hosts range of major record labels including the likes of Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal.
Spotify is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Telia Digital-tv, iOS (iPod/iPhone), Android, Windows Mobile, S60 (Symbian), webOS and Sonos operating systems. It is available in English, Spanish and French versions.
The free account provides unlimited streaming, and the service limits the amount of streaming to 10 hours per month and a user can only listen to a track a maximum of five times.
The Unlimited version for $4.99 offers no advertisements and unlimited streaming of music. With Premium version for $9.99, it offers extra features like Spotify on your mobile and offline mode for playlist along with inclusion of Unlimited version offers.
If you don’t have a Premium account, then download the Spotify Mobile app for iOS and Android and wirelessly sync all your music files. Also, with Spotify on the mobile, store the playlist in Offline mode which can be very useful when one experiences poor connection, wants to prolong the battery or does not want to pick up data transfer costs. In fact, on the Android version of Spotify, there are options to sync music over Wi-Fi, 3G, or both.
How to check if your phone is compatible? Access m.spotify.com with your phone’s browser or else enter the phone number in Spotify website in Mobile Overview Page and they will send you a link to confirm the compatibility.
About 8 percent of Americans now do most of their web surfing on a smartphone and about 35 percent consider it as primary access point for Internet, according to a study by Pew Internet and American Life Project. Hence here is a look at phones that are compatible with Spotify.
As of now Spotify has listed certain phones that are compatible and the list of Spotify-friendly mobile devices are:
Apple: Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Touch
Google: Google Nexus One
HTC: HTC Desire, HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z, HTC Dream (G1), HTC Hero, HTC Legend, HTC Magic, HTC Tatto, HTC Wildfire, HTC Touch Pro 2, HTC HD 2
HUAWEI: HUAWEI U8220, HUAWEI U8230, HUAWEI U8300, HUAWEI Ideos U8150
INQ: INQ Cloud Touch
LG: LG GW620
Motorola: Motorola XT720, Motorola Cliq, Motorola Cliq XT
Nokia: Nokia 5230, Nokia 5320, Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, Nokia 5630 XpressMusic, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia 6110, Nokia 6120c, Nokia 6210, Nokia 6220c, Nokia 6290, Nokia 6700s, Nokia 6710, Nokia 6720, Nokia 6730c, Nokia 6760s, Nokia C5, Nokia C7, Nokia E5, Nokia E51, Nokia E52, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E71, Nokia E7, Nokia E72, Nokia E75, Nokia N78, Nokia N79, Nokia N8, Nokia N82, Nokia N85, Nokia N86 8MP, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N96, Nokia 97, Nokia N97 Mini and Nokia X6.
Palm: Palm Pre, Palm Pre Plus, Palm Pixie Plus
Samsung: Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy 3 (Apollo), Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy 5, Samsung Spica, Samsung GT-I8910 Omnia HD, Samsung Omina II
Sony Ericsson: Sony Ericsson Experia X8, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, Sony Ericsson U1i Satio, Sony Ericsson Vivaz, Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro, Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, Sony Ericsson Xperia X2
ZTE: ZTE Blade