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Spotify gets ready to eat your iTunes for lunch

Spotify launches in the US to music-lovers' fanfare. The free cloud-based service offers listeners 15 million songs at the click of a mouse.

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Spotify has hopped the pond and is making waves in the US. The first free music player of its kind, Spotify is expected to become a major competitor to music download services like iTunes.

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Finally. A free cloud-based music service that you'll want to use.

Sweden's Spotify has been well known in Europe for years. Since 2006, 10 million listeners from Sweden, France, the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Finland, and Norway have been tuning in to Europe's hottest music service using their computers and mobile phones.

Spotify utilizes the high speed internet access many mobile phones and most home computers now have to allow users to stream music from Spotify's catalogue rather than keep it on their personal devices.

And with a catalogue of 15 million songs, this is not your father's jukebox.

How it works

Though other services exist that allow users to listen to their choice of millions of songs online, and still more offer personalized online radio stations, Spotify will be the first to allow users to listen to any song, anytime they want. For free.

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