How Hot Is Spotify?

18 thoughts on “How Hot Is Spotify?”

  1. Om – I’ve been using Spotify for 3 months. The free service (+ ads) is so good, how many folks want to pay 120 Euros/yr for additional features?

    Also, unicast streaming 320kbps music over Mobile WAN is not scalable, so unclear how this is resolved.

    That said (assuming mobile WAN streaming scalability is resolved), XM Sirius (broadcast service) has 18.5m US subscribers, so if Spotify can get into cars, a monthly subscription can work, although lead time with auto OEM’s is long.

  2. “My colleague Kevin Tofel will be pleased to know that he is part of a growing posse (at least in Europe) who like him believe that listening to music via a cloud based music service is the way we are going to consume music in the future”

    I am indeed pleased. 🙂 I actually started streaming my iTunes library (which is actually comprised solely of DRM-free MP3s from Amazon and my own CD collection) with my 1st gen, 8GB iPhone. Why? Because 8GB wasn’t enough storage for my library and apps. With the proper service, connectivity — and possibly a caching feature — the cloud is far more scalable than physical storage. I’m looking forward to Spotify here in the U.S. — can’t wait!

  3. OK, worst sentence ever on GigaOm: “In less than six months of being valuable [What does that even mean??], the company has become a force of nature [Dude, not even Google is a force of nature], and in the words of an executive [Jeez!], taken on a life of its own [and what does that even mean?].”

    You must have been very tired 🙂

    1. Peter

      Sorry about that and all I can say: Yikes. Man it was late and jet lag got the better of me. Available became valuable. 🙁

      Well, when described as taken a life of its own: the growth of the service is just catching them by a surprise and even they weren’t prepared for such a response.

  4. I have ben listening via the private beta for a long time (thanks Daniel). I LOVE Spotify.. I recently bought a Sonos z5 all in one wireless kit. Its also great but the music services (Pandora, Last FM) are no where close to Spotify. I guess I am saying that my music life would be complete if Spotify and Sonos got it together..

  5. Spotify is great. I’m wondering if they’re not too great for their own good. Let me explain:

    I’m an old fashion music buff. I own 1000+ CDs and I keep buying them. My 160G IPod is filled with 110G’s worth of music and counting.

    When I got my Spotify invite, I expected to go have a look and uninstall within minutes. I searched for some obscure jazz and off-kilter rock. They didn’t have everything, but they had something, and that was more than iTunes ever did with the same searches.

    So I stuck around. It’s not my main player, but I use it to check out albums that might interest me. I’m not sure I even notice the ads. They’re extremely non-intrusive.

    And that’s why I think they may be too good for their own good. How are they going to entice me to pay if I’m not a mobile user ?

  6. Ok, I’m feeling contrarian on this one. Isn’t there a long track record of companies getting huge user bases by giving away music? Spotify’s service sounds great, but if anything that’ll make it even harder to make money. People will use the heck out of the free version, costing the company lots of money, and not enough people will actually pay for it. The true litmus test will be what happens when they degrade/discontinue the free version.

  7. I agree Spotify is going to a service to watch out for. I’ve tried most of the other online music sites and Spotify is the one I use on a daily bases. I’m actually looking forward to buying a premium account so I can use it on my iPhone as well.

    The way things are going Spotify will be acquired in 3-6 months after US launch or just raise a lot of VC money and we’ll still be talking about how awesome Spotify is at the end of 2010. #maybe

  8. Maybe I’m missing something because I don’t have Spotify in my region, but doesn’t this sort of thing already exist in the US, called, and I’m not kidding, Zune? Seriously, the Premium version sounds just like the Zune Pass. What makes it better, besides the ‘freemium-ness’?

  9. Ever heard of Grooveshark? Why Spotify when you can listen to free music without the interruption of ads.

    I use Grooveshark on my free icloud.com account which can be accessed from any computer on earth. Doesn’t matter what country you live in.

    Hands down,Grooveshark is better than Spotify!

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