Best music apps: Spotify

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Spotify

Spotify
(Developed by Spotify Ltd.)
Available for: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, webOS, Symbian
Price: Free; $4.99/month; $9.99/month

Digital music platform Spotify had over 10 million registered users in Europe with more than 1.6 million paying for the service, before it launched its service in the U.S. in July. Users can listen to on demand music including more than 15 million songs via their desktop or mobile device.

The service comes in three flavors--Spotify Free (on-demand, buffer-free access with occasional advertising); Spotify Unlimited (uninterrupted, ad-free access via computer for $4.99 per month); and Spotify Premium (online and offline access across the desktop and mobile for $9.99 per month)--allowing users to try Spotify before committing to a payment plan.

Spotify has partnerships with the four major U.S. record labels.

However: Currently the mobile apps for Spotify are not created equally. The apps for iPhone and Android tout different features, and only Premium subscribers have access to the full Spotify library and offline listening mode.