Spotify is Coming to the U.S. Soon! Just You Wait.

Spotify’s plans to to land in the U.S. aren’t news, but the European music streaming service does appear to be getting closer to a stateside launch. It has launched a U.S. homepage, where it is signing up people to receive invites. The announcement says “Spotify is coming to the U.S.” soon. “Millions of tracks ready to play on your computer or phone … and it’s free!” No details on timing or price, but that “free” line won’t really be true. Users will get a limited amount of free, ad-supported music on their PCs, and will be asked to pay about $10 a month for mobile, ad-free access.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work