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To Zune or to Spotify… That’s the question

When I heard that Spotify was coming to the United States I thought, “What’s the big deal”?  With such a question in hand, I when to the site to get notified when the service was available.  I was lucky enough to get approved for early access only a few days later. After using the free version of the service, I quickly saw how it could be a game changer.

First off, I’ll point out that I’ve been using the Microsoft Zune services since it came out.  Full Disclosure: I worked for Microsoft at the time Zune came out.  Regardless, it’s a quality product. 

To keep this post short, I’ll get to the basics.

Zune Pass: http://zune.net

  1. User Interface is easy and beautiful.
  2. Great integration with Windows Phone (I have a test phone and it works like a charm), XBOX 360, PC, and Zune HD (cool but limited device)
  3. Each month I get to keep 10 songs via MP3, everything else is protected (WMA format) but as long as I keep paying the subscription I can get as much as I want.

Spotify: http://www.spotify.com

  1. Free version allows for (free) streaming of music.  (Awesome)
  2. Paid versions allow access via you mobile device.  I have an iPhone and it’s pretty nice.  It also works on other mobile platforms such as Windows Phone and Android.
  3. Streaming is super fast.

Winner: To be determined, but right now I’m starting to think I’ll go the way of Spotfiy unless Zune makes a few changes.  If Spotify can get away with the free service, why can’t Zune?  Plus I like being able to keep 10 songs via MP3 each month.

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