I was recently ‘one of the first members to join spotify’ as they make it sound. I liked how they made it sound like i was joining an elite club. Somewhat taking a page from Google+ and how they made their membership restricted by invitation only. It makes the user feel like they just joined a very exclusive club when its really just a good marketing/PR tactic. It makes you feel like you have something no one else has, and everyone else will want it!
As for what Spotify delivers. Its a solid product. Amazon and Google may be fighting to keep your library of music online and available while Spotify and Pandora are fighting each other to make your personal online radio even better. For me, Spotify is a more controlled version of Pandora and a way to test out an album before I spend the money to actually download it…if its worth downloading. I can’t say how this compares with google music, as I haven’t tried it out yet, but I think it is a nice accompaniement to Amazon cloud drive/music player. I personally buy music through amazon and then listen and then use Spotify to find new music. I haven’t even touched Pandora recently and that used to be my go-to service.
One thing that was interesting to note about Spotify, according to this report the Free membership only lasts for six months. After that you’re limited to 10 hours per month and only five listens per song per month. That puts a bit of a damper on things but keeping in mind that it is a free service, it is a small price to pay. The biggest downfall for Spotify is that you can’t use it on your mobile unless you have a paid version of the service. Regardless, this is a nice addition to the music streaming programs that are currently available. In my mind, this is a perfect accompaniment to Pandora’s recommendation engine.