This article was published on February 8, 2011

Spotify Heading Stateside in the “Coming Months”

Spotify Heading Stateside in the “Coming Months”
Fatema Yasmine
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Fatema Yasmine

Fatema is the founder of SmartGiggles and a technology writer living in San Francisco. You can find her on Twitter @FatemaYasmine. Fatema is the founder of SmartGiggles and a technology writer living in San Francisco. You can find her on Twitter @FatemaYasmine.

Great news for Music lovers in the US, there is news that Spotify is heading our way.  It may be arriving in just a  few months according to an email message they sent  to an elite lucky few American users/testers that have access to the European company.

From: Spotify
Date: February 8, 2011
To: xxx
Subject: Spotify Payment Problem- ACTION REQUIRED!

Hello from Spotify!

You are one of only a few people who has access to a Spotify promotional test account in the USA, and we hope you’re enjoying listening to Spotify through our Premium or Unlimited service.

We are really looking forward to launching the service in full in the USA over the coming months, and hope that you will continue to use the service and be one of our key advocates.

We need to make some small system changes to our payment system for our USA launch, and so in order to make the transition for you as smooth as possible, we have credited your Spotify account with 1 month worth of FREE Spotify Premium/ Unlimited!

In return for this, we ask that you please do the following:

• Visit our website
• Login with your username and password.
• Select a payment method (Card or Paypal) and click ‘Change’
• Click ‘I Accept/ Continue’ to accept the new product in US Dollars
• Provide us with your payment details once more, so that after your FREE
month has expired you will be able to keep listening to music through Spotify.

Your next bill is due to us on ’14/02/12′, so please provide us with your payment details before then, otherwise you will revert back to Spotify Free and if you have Premium you will lose access to Spotify on your mobile. On this date, you will then be billed in Dollars!

Thanks for your help, and please feel free to reply to us directly if you have any

After the recent deal with Sony things were looking on the up, however it will need to sign more big labels if it is not to sink stateside. There are rumours that it is super close to closing a deal with the music label EMI but that still leaves the worlds biggest label Universal Music Group, which it needs to bring on board.

I am not sure how the current million free users/testers will feel about finally having to pay up. But there are a number of Spotify users in the US that have hacked access to get an account, and do pay and would be happy to pay ‘legally’.

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