And lo, the Swedish invasion came, and the US was very excited indeed. Spotify's website is now letting US users download the desktop application, but first you've got to choose between the three monthly pricing-tiers: free, $5, or $10.
Spotify is not the first internet music service. There's Pandora, Rhapsody, MOG, Rdio, Zune, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Music, and plenty of others. Yet despite not having a product in the US, Spotify became legend. A musical unicorn.
If the US launch is anything like the European launch, existing users—including Europeans—will be able to share limited invites with keen Americans. So, y'know, if you know any friendly Europeans, get your bribes in now.
So Spotify's invited music-hungry Americans to the service after months, nay years, of teasing. But when is it actually going to launch? According to All Things D, Spotify reps have told record labels it'll be next week...though I wouldn't hold your breath.
Spotify is coming to the US! This time, it's for real! They've even put up a (trumpet-blaring) page letting Yanks request an invite to the streaming music service.
It pains me to tell you this, but the US might be waiting even longer for Europe's much-loved Spotify. They've missed two deadlines already, and with their end-of-year launch date looming, it's not looking good for free music lovers.