Spotify Music Service Comes to U.S. and Onkyo Has it
10 million registered users in Europe can't be wrong: Social, interactive streaming music service now available in the U.S., accessible via Onkyo receivers and others to come.
The online music service Spotify has more than 10 million registered users and 1.6 million paying subscribers … none of them in the U.S. until today.
Allegedly the second largest source of digital music revenue for European labels, Spotify makes its U.S. debut three years after it was launched in Sweden.
Onkyo is possibly the first U.S. manufacturer to announce that the service will be available in its A/V components via a free firmware update.
‘We are excited to be able to provide this update to owners of our 2011 network receivers beginning with model TX-NR609,” says Paul Wasek, Onkyo USA’s national marketing manager. “Spotify is an absolute must-have for Onkyo customers who want to enjoy their favorite music in the highest quality at home.”
Spotify provides on-demand access, with no buffering, to a library of more than 15 million songs. Users can import their own MP3s to the service to create a personalized library in the cloud.
Unlike many other cloud-based music services, Spotify offers a social element for sharing favorites with friends: Users simply drag and drop music to a Spotify friend’s account, or share via Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS.
Friends can see their friends’ top tracks, artists and playlists via their Spotify profiles, subscribe to their playlists and drop tracks into their Spotify inbox.
As for Onkyo, Spotify will be available via any television screen connected to an Onkyo home theater receivers, just like the other streaming media services supported by the company.
With a few clicks of the remote, users can scroll through their own and collaborative playlists as well as Spotify’s ‘What’s New?’ and ‘Starred’ features. Album cover art is displayed onscreen and subscribers can explore further to browse artists, albums and tracks.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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