‘Spotify’ Free Music Service Launches Today in the U.S.

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We figured Spotify might be launching this week; but guess what, it’s already here! Time to slap on your headphones.

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Gadget blog Engadget got wind of the news last night from Spotify’s very own Kenneth Parks, the company’s chief content officer. It turns out all four major labels have signed on, giving the company a rockin’ start.

Parks told Engadget:

“We were really adamant about bringing the service to the US, which means a really great, free experience. We wanted to be really careful about the way we did this, and the rights holders felt the same way. It took some time, but we’re absolutely thrilled that all four major labels and a ton of indies are behind us, and we’ll be bringing that Spotify experience to the US tomorrow.”

Spotify’s service will offer three pricing plans, including a free version, provided that users won’t mind the ads so much. The cheapest paid plan, for $4.99 per month, allows you to enjoy Spotify without ads. The last level, for $9.99 per month, lets you enjoy the service offline and on your (Android or iOS) phone. It’s comparable to what the company charges its European users per month.

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The U.S. version will be mostly similar to what is offered in Europe, so perhaps our preview will stand the test of time. The American complement will still get access to at least part of Spotify’s global catalog of approximately 15 million songs. Parks noted that it would still be a “huge” catalog.

Erica Ho is a reporter at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @ericamho and Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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