The latest music machine to hit the web spotlight goes by the name of Spotify. The concept is pretty simple, you sign up for a free account at www.spotify.com install the software, and you can start listening to top tracks. You don’t pay and every so often adverts from sponsors pop up, which is not too annoying.
Spotify is a streaming service so you don’t actually download any of the music. Which is good as it doesn’t take up hard drive space but bad because you always have to be on the net to use the service, and you can’t take the music with you via iPods or other MP3 players.
There is a premium subscription for £10 a month that allows you to listen to music ad free, but again that doesn’t allow you to download. If you want a subscription based service you may be better of with Napster which starting at £10 a month allows you to listen and download as much music as you like as long as you are a subscriber, and for an extra £4 lets you download to your MP3 player (not iPods though)
Spotify is still in is Beta version but it does what says, you can be up and running within minutes, and they have managed to get some pretty big labels to sign up, EMI, Warner Music, Universal, Sony Music…..