Spotify is, without a doubt, my favorite online music service. I have been a premium subscriber ever since it launched in the US two years ago and use it every single day. It’s completely replaced iTunes, which I rarely use anymore.
If you’re not familiar with Spotify, it’s an online music streaming service for your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet with over 20 million songs available – all 100% legal. It’s really a lot more than just streaming though as they also have radio stations and numerous apps that allow you to find and follow your favorite musical genres and artists. You can also follow your favorite artists as well as your friend’s musical tastes through social media and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and email.
The big news is that, as of today, Spotify is available in Argentina! This means that you can now sign up and listen in Buenos Aires without having to use a US credit card or proxy server.
What’s even more exciting is that the Argentine version of Spotify is less than half the price of the US version. Of course, they both have the same free ad-sponsored version, but Spotify Argentina also has a ARS $18/month unlimited version that is ad-free (not available in the US) and an ARS $36/month premium version which gives you access to their mobile app and offline syncing. The premium version is $9.99/month in the US, so this is a substantial savings. I’m planning on switching over to an Argentine account from my US one as soon as my current plan expires.
You can head over to the Spotify website now and download the app for your desktop or laptop for free and start listening right away. If you sign up for premium, you can download their iPhone or Android app as well.
While I absolutely love the service, I only have two minor complaints. The first is that you can only listen to it on one device at a time, so if I’m in my office listening, I can get kicked off by my 3-year old who wants to hear nursery rhymes on the iPad. The second is that they do not have separate profiles, so by sharing the account with my daughter I get recommendations to listen to both the latest Cold War Kids single and Dora the Explorer. It would be great to have a family plan option.
So, are you planning on signing up? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out the Share My Playlists site too. It’s a great way to discover new music.