Spotify now has 1.4 million free users in the United States, and a whopping 175,000 paying customers using the service. The service has been around a little under a month here in the States. The company has been around for years in Europe, and currently boasts a whopping 1.6 million paid subscribers, even more than the people taking advantage of the service here for free.
Despite the large amount of users using the free version of Spotify, the service is still only available as an invite-only program in the U.S. Those who don’t have access to an invite have to shell out the cash for a paid account if they want to use the service, which may have helped drive the paid number up, at least for Spotify’s initial launch.
Currently the biggest advantage of paying for a Spotify account is the ability to listen to tunes offline and on your phone or other mobile device. I have a premium account (that I received for free) until the end of the month, and am seriously considering shelling out the $10 per month for the ability to listen to my tunes on my phone – something I find myself doing quite a bit.
Are any of you using Spotify? Do you have a free account or a paid one? Will you consider continuing a paid account later on?