Spotify has finally launched its streaming service in the United States, but you'll have to stand in line and wait for an invite to use the free, ad-supported version*. We opted to move to the front of the line by signing up for an unlimited account, which allows all-you-can-listen streaming and offline play on a mobile device for ten bucks a month. Drop the offline option and you can cut that price in half.
This arrangement will sound familiar to Rdio and MOG users who have the same deal, but Spotify comes with some big differences. We dug into both the Windows desktop app and mobile apps and came up with this tour of some of the key features in Spotify. We also compare to service to existing offerings like Pandora and Rdio.
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*No invite now needed for free version.