Music lovers are funny creatures. We have this desire to own every track from a specific artist or group, but we also like variety, making collecting music an expensive hobby. Maintaining access to your entire music collection when you aren’t at home is also an issue. Services like Pandora and Slacker Radio have helped with this conundrum to some extent, allowing us to listen to a variety of music based on our likes and dislikes, but these services don’t provide the level of control you get from a large music library.
Enter Spotify , the streaming music service launched in the U.S. in July after several years of success in Europe. Spotify provides the ability to play music by artist, album, or individual track. The service is cloud based, meaning you can easily stream music using your 3G or Wi-Fi connection, and also allows for downloading playlists for offline playback. Spotify also leans heavily on Facebook and Twitter , providing a means to share your listening habits with your friends.
Listening to Spotify on a mobile device does require Spotify Premium, a monthly service that runs $9.99 per month. New subscribers can play with the functionality of Spotify on their mobile device for a limited time.
Spotify for Windows Phone is available from the Windows Phone Marketplace as a free download.