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Music streaming app Spotify comes to the U.S. early next year

November 25, 2009 | 12:26 pm

Perhaps the most-hyped music service coming out of Europe is making its way to American shores early next year.

Spotify's desktop software lets users stream from a massive catalog of music for free.

The ad-supported service is hugely popular in the six European countries it currently operates in. And for good reason.

The program is in many ways more sophisticated than similar services, like Napster and Rhapsody. The interface is simple and lets users arrange playlists that automatically sync between machines. And it's free -- supported by ads.

The premium version, which costs 10 euros per month in Europe (U.S. pricing hasn't been announced yet), lets users stream via mobile apps and store songs in playlists using digital rights management (DRM) on a computer or smart phone for offline listening. The application also sells many songs in its catalog.

We've been testing Spotify for the last few weeks, and it's absolutely blowing us away. Check out our impressions of the service on Pop & Hiss: Spotify plans to rock the U.S. digital music landscape early next year.

-- Mark Milian