Spotify: Free Legal Music?

Yeah, its here.

Everyone these days is scared that the feds will show up at your door with an unpaid bill for 3 downloaded songs and a $200 million lawsuit, so whats a typical consumer to do? Music is around a dollar a song. A 16 gig iPod Touch holds 3500 songs. Thats all good and well, but $3500 is a lot of money. And don’t get me started on those 120 gig classics; that could hold enough data to make it weigh more. All analogies aside, its a very expensive world we live in; can’t we get some music for free, without worrying about all those nasty legal consequences?

Enter Spotify, the new line of applications desinged to provide free music for you on your computer and mobile devices. It works by generating enough ad revenue to pay for song licenses, and then passing on free music to its users. You can pay to have the ads removed, if they bother you enough.

Sadly, because of copyright issues, Spotify isn’t yet available in the United States, but I believe its been approved and is just being finalized. If you want to be notified as to when Spotify is available in your country, click here.

iPhone App

Recently, on Gizmodo, I saw an article about Spotify’s iPhone app, coming soon to the Appstore. According to the video’s Youtube page, the app will only be available to premium subscribers (i.e. those who pay to have their ads removed). Anyways, here’s the video; check it out.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNCb1IdmJ_0

I really can’t wait for the app to hit app stores; to quote Gizmodo, the app kills Last.fm, Pandora, and Slacker in one shot.

If you’re on Android OS, they also have an Android app; check it out here.

Is anyone else massively excited for this to hit the states?

  • ?o??????????

    First of all, that app must be pretty kickin to top good old Pandora.

    But anyway, theres a bit of software that I recently came across that has helped me save a ton of money, as a Napster user. But first a little background.

    I have a Napster To Go subscription, which (sorry if this is repetitive for someone as tech savvy as you, Salem) entitles me to download basically any track in the Napster library and put it on my mp3 device. The tracks that I download have DRM copy protection on them, so while they are saved on my hard drive, I really cant do anything with them besides put them on my player.

    And now to the interesting part. I found a program called Tunebite, which is a way to *legally* bypass DRM protection, and is very easy to use. Tunebite plays your copy-protected tracks at about 12x normal speed through your computers sound card and directly records the output. The result: DRM-free duplicates of your tracks, and no possiblilty of legal ramifications.

    There are 3 levels of the program – the cheapest is $26.90. For Napster or Rhapsody users, I highly recommend it. There are also additional programs for capturing internet radio and video.

    Check it out:
    http://tunebite.com/en/audio_video_drm_copy_protection/index.html

    • http://www.technoheads.org Salem

      You sure seem to know what you’re talking about on this subject. I have a better idea, believe it or not; why don’t you try going to Spiralfrog.com, making an account, downloading all the free music you can eat, and then using Tunebite to strip the DRM off of the Spiralfrog songs. Spiralfrog is similar to Spotify in that it lets you download free (DRM encrypted) music, sponsored by ads.

  • boratsagdiev

    And…done.

    A quick disclaimer about Tunebite however: it occasionally skips and repeats certain sections when it does the recording, leading to (occasional) choppy playback. For someone as ocd about play quality as me, whenever this happens I have to redo the track duplication.

    p.s.
    This is the same post name, just not in Cyrillic characters.

  • http://nordic-legends.com Themecreator

    Using spotify a lot.. when I got internet connection ofc. It’s really useful! I joined the beta, so I got free spotify.. that’s not bad :)

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    Tunebite plays your copy-protected tracks at about 12x normal speed through your computers sound card and directly records the output.