July 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM ET
Spotify, a popular music streaming service, is finally coming to the U.S. and the Internet is practically roaring with excitement.
No details are available just yet regarding exactly when the service will become available, how much it will cost, and whether there will be any major differences between the international version of Spotify and the one U.S. customers will see — but there is a way to request invitations.
All you have to do is head over to the Spotify website, enter your email address, and start twiddling your thumbs until the service goes live in the good ol' US of A.
Wondering why you might want to rush to sign up for a paid music streaming service? Because Spotify is rather great — according to our friends across the pond. In fact, Gizmodo's Kat Hannaford describes it as the reason she never has to touch iTunes or BitTorrent anymore:
Simply put, the music streaming service lets you choose from the millions of tracks in the database (all legal, since the Swedish company has gone to great lengths to get permission from all the major record labels), so you can create playlists galore. When you get the urge to listen to a particular song, it's there—and you don't need to jump through any hoops to get it. You can listen to complete albums (usually Spotify has them the day of release), individual songs — whatever you want.
Basically, the service provides you with on-demand, high-quality tracks in an instant. No hassle, no elaborate searches, and no reason to shell out money for individual songs.