TORONTO – Wednesday’s news that Swedish company Spotify is set to launch its music streaming service in Canada has many asking: what is Spotify?
First launched for the public in 2008, Spotify is a music streaming service that lets users search for and then stream millions of songs without having to download the files.
Selected music comes from a variety of record labels such as Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group and Universal.
Users can perform direct searches or browse music by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist. You can see the playlists of your friends, making it easy to share music and find what others are listening to.
To join, users must sign up online. You have the choice of a free service with ads played between some songs, or paying between $5 and $10 per month to have unlimited service without ads and with added features like mobile app access.
Spotify is currently available in 15 countries including the U.S., where it runs on MAC and PC as well most smartphones.