Good news for America, bad news for Steve Jobs: Spotify, the European music service that allows users the ability to stream hours of music free of charge, is coming to America. The company made the announcement on its website earlier today with a proclamation that the service “will soon be landing on U.S. shores. Millions of tracks, ready to play instantly, on your computer and phone.” Currently, there’s no official launch date, but recent rumors suggest that the service would be available in the U.S. at some point in July. That said, those interested in using the service can now sign up for a beta invite.
If the U.S. version of Spotify is anything like its European counterpart, then users will be able to choose between a free account that allows access to ‘x’ number of hours of music of month, or a premium account that charges a set amount each month (in the UK it ranges between 5 and 10 a month) for unlimited streaming, higher-bit rate tracks, no advertisements, and the ability to access an account on a mobile device.
Spotify has long attempted to come to the U.S., but was only recently able to secure agreements with all four of the major labels. It also recently partnered with Facebook, which will allow Facebook users to see a Spotify icon on the left side of their newsfeed and play Spotify’s library through their Facebook account.