Spotify expands radio-like features for U.S. users

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 8:00am

Spotify's new genre-based radio offeringsOn-demand music service Spotify has made its 27 genre-based radio-like streams available to U.S. users. The offerings -- long available to European users -- allow users to select one or more genres (or, in three cases, decades) and listen to an instant playlist of music.

As Billboard notes (here), Spotify's radio "doesn't allow for the fine-tuning and personzalization of the more popular Internet radio stations," nor does it have "the attention to detail of radio features in some other subscription services…but it's a nice additional feature that might someday blossom into something far better."

As we noted in our review of Spotify's artist-based radio offerings (here), Spotify radio is unlike other Internet radio services as it allows users to go forward and backward in a playlist at will (thanks to the on-demand nature of Spotify).

Spotify opens to all users, offers six months of unlimited listening

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 12:00pm

SpotifyOn-demand music service Spotify has opened to all users in the U.S. (you previously needed an invitation to join as a free user). Additionally, the service is offering six months of unlimited listening to free users -- after which users will be limited to 10 hours of listening per month. 

"Here's the catch," writes Lifehacker (here). "To get past the invite system, you'll have to go through Facebook...You'll start seeing new music posts and play buttons in your Facebook newsfeeds." Spotify was part of Facebook's new music integration announcements yesterday. 

Pandora recently slashed its listening limits for free users as well (RAIN coverage here).


More than 2m now paying for Spotify subscriptions, 400k in U.S.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:00am

SpotifyOn-demand music service Spotify has reportedly acquired around 400,000 paying U.S subscribers since it launched in the country, bringing its total subscriber number to more than 2 million. That's up from 1.6 million in July, according to Mashable. Spotify is expected to announce a partnership with Facebook today. Find more coverage here.

Though rough around the edges, Deli Radio an excellent tool to discover new local music

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:00am

Deli Radio is aDeli Radio's website and player new Internet radio service with an emphasis on local live music and indepedent artists. Founded by Wayne Skeen, also CEO of the California-based record label Ninth Street Opus, Deli Radio allows users to build instant radio-like playlists filled with music from independent artists playing a show near a specificed location.

Users can also listen to music from bands that call a certian location home, and can filter their station by proximity, date, venue, genre or a specific artist.

As SFWeekly points out (here), the site is rough around the edges. As it's up to artists to upload their own music, some selections are quite sparse (for example, trying to create a Chicago station turned up only one artist).

That said, the site is easy to use and it's a great tool to discover artists you've probably never heard of before. The emphasis on live music -- with prominent information about where the currently-playing artist is appearing next -- sets Deli Radio apart.

All in all, an interesting Internet radio site with potential. -- MS


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 12:00pm

On-demand music services MOG and Rdio made headlines this week for launching limited free versions to users, much like Spotify.

Spotify is an "online music service," but that doesn't make it "radio"

There have been a lot of references in the trade press recently to the anticipated U.S. debut of Spotify that call it an “online radio service.” I believe that’s a misnomer. Here’s my rationale:

For many decades now, consumers have listened to two forms of audio entertainment. To make the discussion easier, let’s focus on music. Basically, you can listen to the music you own, or you can listen to the radio.

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