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Spotify Coming to US - Motorola Exclusive

Long anticipated music service Spotify will arrive on US shores, and it will only be available on Motorola mobile devices, including tablets.

A lot of users in the US have been waiting with bated breath for the arrival of Spotify. While users here struggle underneath the often draconian control of the record labels, European users have been able to pull music from the Spotify service wherever and whenever they have connectivity to the cloud.

Today, Spotify and Motorola announced an exclusive partnership that will provide the Spotify service in the US and only on Motorola devices. This, naturally, includes tablets like the Motorola Xoom. The press release specifically articulates the arrangement as Motorola being an "exclusive launch partner". That would lead a reader to believe that Spotify will arrive on other tablets, and that the Motorola exclusivity expires at some point after launch.

As with most cloud-based services these days, there are both a free model, and a subscription option. The free version pushes ads to the user, but both versions offer clients for desktop/laptop machines as well as mobile devices.

Might we see Spotify pre-installed on the possible Xoom update that was leaked?

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and how quickly Motorola's exclusive launch window expires. Assuredly, Spotify is looking to quickly compete with other, big-name, cloud music services, like Amazon MP3, Google Music, and iCloud. The quicker they deliver their content to every tablet OS, the better off they will be.


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Jerry Myers, 2011-07-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)