I've been using Spotify, the music service that just launched for American users recently for close to a week now. It's basically a cloud-based service that allows you to stream music from any device, laptop or cell phone, depending on what subscription plan you sign up for. Europeans have already been using Spotify for the past few years. Boasting a library of over 13 million songs, Spotify easily offers users many choices for their listening pleasure. It is not another online radio station, like AOL Radio or Pandora. It has been referred to as the "iTunes Killer".You choose the songs you want to hear and create your own playlists.
I've been using the free service for this review. The premium service lets stream music from your cellphone. In hunting down my song selections, I found a majority of them available on the service. Obscure artists like 4Hero and DJ Shadow, were quickly added to my playlist. You may not find your particular song but with the blessing of the record companies, you'll be quite satisfied with the service.
Overall, the service has been great so far. No lag issues for now. The dark and drab user interface could be spiced up a bit with colors that differentiate features. could Is this the future of music listening? Is the CD almost extinct? With cloud streaming services for music, you won't lose a CD case anymore or have CD towers the size of the Eiffel tower in your home.