Final paragraphs of a Hiawatha Bray review
Spotify isn’t the game-changer it would have been a few years ago. Today, there are online music options aplenty. Google has launched a new service to let users upload music they’ve already purchased, then listen to it on any Internet-connected device. Apple Inc. is set to add a similar feature to its iCloud service later this year. Amazon.com has done the same, and just announced a tempting new offer: unlimited music storage for $20 a year. Upload your entire music collection, and Amazon will play it back for you.
But with Spotify, you can listen to millions of songs without owning them, and pay little or nothing for the privilege. It’s an excellent choice for people who’d rather listen to music than steal it.