Spotify Launched in the US today

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Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby danat275 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:23 am

Spotify music service has launched in the united states today.it's a music service like MOG and Rdio,but this one is free,would love to see this on roku someday!!!


Spotify website

http://www.spotify.com/us/hello-america/

Spotify US Launch press release

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Today-Spo ... l?x=0&.v=1
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby Eugenia » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:24 am

I would like Roku+Spotify (or someone else, if the Spotify API allows) to release a Spotify app for Roku. I'm currently on RDIO, but it keeps crashing (as reported on this forum many times), and RDIO hasn't fixed it all these months. MOG is ok too, but its Android app has bugs. Spotify is the most stable in my experience, and with more music than either RDIO or MOG (especially RDIO).

The Spotify addon for Sonos allows for 320kbps btw (since it's intended for the living room, as a Roku app should too), while its mobile version allows the user to select between 96 kbps and 160 kbps. So, I hope Roku pursues a deal with Spotify...
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby West Ham » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:40 am

You can only play a song 5 times before they ask you to subscribe
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby bfelts » Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:19 pm

I would love to be able to use my paid Spotify Premium service account on my Roku.

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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby Eugenia » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:00 pm

I wrote a review/editorial of MOG vs RDIO vs Spotify (I've used them all): http://www.osnews.com/story/24949/Spoti ... DIO_vs_MOG Obviously, the Roku is one of my must-have features for any service for me to consider it. :-)
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby KennyJ » Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:14 pm

I really like Mog's selection. Their UI (on both web and Roku) need some work, but the service has been really good. I like the idea of adding my own music, though I have that on Google Music and Amazon right now which work on my phone and computer (would be nice to have via Roku).

So I'm eager to try Spotify, but it'd have to be pretty impressive to have me move away from Mog.
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby danat275 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:51 pm

well i gave spotify a test drive tonight it is pretty cool but mog is so much better!!! so much more to choose from on mog,and like mog and rdio spotify is also missing artists like metallica the eagles ac/dc and bob seger..so if spotify does come to roku it's okay if you want a music program for free..but if you want a pay service..mog is the way to go!!!
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby Eugenia » Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:06 am

The artists you mention don't want to be in digital releases, so they don't exist in most of them. Spotify has the superior library actually, with MOG being second, and RDIO much further back.
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby cwniles » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:55 pm

Eugenia wrote:Spotify has the superior library actually, with MOG being second, and RDIO much further back.


I realize that Spotify has a slightly larger catalog than MOG currently but I don't know that it can be called superior simply because it is larger....I think a much more in depth look at the content would be required to make that decision....I don't know what the differences in artist/album/tracks are but I would find that more relevant to a declaration of superior than a difference of a mere million tracks.

on a side note, holy cow are we spoiled nowadays, I just casually brushed off a million tracks as a "slight difference" :lol:

and yeah, I have been a MOG user for about 8 months now and I absolutely love it. Probably the single highest use channel on my Roku box....with Netflix being either slightly above or below in terms of hours used.
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby KennyJ » Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:02 pm

cwniles wrote:
Eugenia wrote:Spotify has the superior library actually, with MOG being second, and RDIO much further back.


I realize that Spotify has a slightly larger catalog than MOG currently but I don't know that it can be called superior simply because it is larger....I think a much more in depth look at the content would be required to make that decision....I don't know what the differences in artist/album/tracks are but I would find that more relevant to a declaration of superior than a difference of a mere million tracks.

on a side note, holy cow are we spoiled nowadays, I just casually brushed off a million tracks as a "slight difference" :lol:

and yeah, I have been a MOG user for about 8 months now and I absolutely love it. Probably the single highest use channel on my Roku box....with Netflix being either slightly above or below in terms of hours used.


Agreed. You need to compare artists you care about. I listed to a lot of alternative, indie-rock, alt-country, punk, etc. If Spotify has more Katy Perry, I don't really care. With that said, my quick lookups did impress me:

David Wax Museum - MOG = 1 album. Spotify = 2 albums
William Elliott Whitmore - MOG = 1 album. Spotify = 5 albums

A few other of my inquiries showed the same.

However, I hate Spotify's interface. Why not a web interface? Why do I have to use a program? eww.
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby MonsterRayn » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:22 pm

Honestly, I like Spotify's app. It's a really clean interface. Less loading from page to page. Just the songs. The Roku app needs to happen though for me to ever keep it. I'll most likely be going back to the free account at the end of the month. MOG's too good.
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby cwniles » Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:12 pm

hmm, just noticed Spotify uses Ogg Vorbis to encode their streams which is a very cool, high quality, open source codec but I was just curious if this might present a difficulty in a possible Roku app? Does the Roku support that format? does it matter? just a thought I had, off for beers, carry on.
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby samundsen » Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:01 pm

I've also been a MOG user for a while now. The Android app and Roku channel are so-so, but their "Chrome" app is absolutely stellar, and is the one I use most often. I was eager to try Spotify, as a Norwegian I'd heard and read a lot about it, and the hype has been running overdrive the last several weeks.

I must say I am underwhelmed with Spotify. Their PC app, though very nimble and FAST, is terrible when it comes to organizing music. The Android app good and reliably streamed music for hours while at work. As for the library, at first I was thrilled. I found a lot of Norwegian music that simply do not exist on other services, and I've been listening to that a lot over the last several days. However, then I started to look up many of the favorites I have in MOG that I regularly listen too, the gaping holes in the Spotify library became apparent.

First one I looked up was Alison Krauss and Union Station, looking for the latest release, Paper Airplane. It's not on Spotify. So I googled it, and found a Spotify link to the album. When I clicked on it, it opened Spotify with the album and the message "This album is not available in United States".. WTF? It's been on MOG since it was released.

Further searching, Paul McCartney, there are a few albums on Spotify, but nothing like MOG. Spotify does not have McCartney I and II, Band on the Run (all 3 recently remastered (in a good way) and available on MOG in remastered form).

On to European power metal... no Visions of Atlantis. Next, Within Temptation, Spotify only has a couple of albums (missing the last two studio albums). MOG has them all.

At this point there's no way I will give up MOG for Spotify.
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby danat275 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:34 pm

i use mog many hours of every day too,feels so good to sit on the sofa and crank up old albums and take a stroll down memory lane,there is only one thing i wish would change on the mog roku channel,i would love to see a listing of each track and select what song i want to hear from the track listings,my thumb wears out using the skip feature lol mof is very addicting!!! blows rdio out of the water!!
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Re: Spotify Launched in the US today

Postby samundsen » Sun Jul 24, 2011 7:19 am

Got to hand it to Spotify. A little over a week later, and most of the music I complained about is now available. Not all, but they seem to add music / agreements at a decent pace.
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