Spotify, a popular music streaming service from Sweden, arrived in the United States mid-July on an invite-only basis. Today, Spotify goes live for everyone nationwide, no invitation required. Users can now sign up for an account at and use a mobile app for Android or iPhone to stream music over wireless and cellular networks to their phones, tag songs for offline viewing, favorite tracks, share them with friends and more. What’s best, you needn’t sign up for a paid Spotify account. Thanks to a new partnership with Facebook that Mark Zuckerberg announced at the yesterday’s developer conference (more in the clip below), anyone signing up with their Facebook account gets six months of unlimited listening. What happens when the six-month free period expires?


After your free period expires, you can still stream music for free up to ten hours a month. Or, you can just sign up for a paid account which gives you unlimited, high-quality music streaming for ten bucks a month. Due to licensing restrictions, Spotify is currently available in the United States, the United Kingdom, Finland, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Also, if you plan on using your free Spotify account abroad, note that the maximum travel time is fourteen days per account unless, of course, you upgraded to a paid account which gives you unlimited travel access.

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