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Sweden-based streaming music service, Spotify, will soon be available in Canada. Spotify set up subsidiaries in Canada, but the service will be unavailable until later this year. This is great news for Canadians who are often shut out of new services like Spotify due to various legal measures and red tape. Now that Spotify has expanded into Canada, Canadians will finally have a taste of what the rest of the world has been raving about for more than one year now. If you happen to live in Canada and haven’t invested a lot of time into finding out about Spotify (who could blame you?), there are some great reasons why you might want to consider using this streaming service above all the rest.

Spotify Offers A Great and Long Trial Period

Most companies offer some kind of free trial period. But, Spotify’s free trial period is better than most others. When you sign up for a Spotify account using your existing Facebook account, you will be given six free trial months. These months are unlimited and include plenty of music selections. As with most other streaming services, Spotify will subject free trial listeners to various advertisements, but these ads are relevant and relatively harmless. Once that original six month trial ends, users will be able to listen to Spotify for six hours per week. After that, you will have to purchase a Spotify plan. But, rest assured that the plans from this company aren’t the gouging kind.

Essentially, an Unlimited account will get rid of those ads. If you purchase the Premium account, you will have access to faster streams and no ads. As far as Canadian pricing goes, Spotify hasn’t made any pricing announcements yet. But, it’s safe to assume that the Canadian pricing will be made similar to what the current U.S. pricing is. Right now, Unlimited U.S. accounts are billed at $4.99 per month while Premium accounts are priced at $9.99 per month. Whether you need the extra speed is up to you, but that $10 price tag isn’t a whole lot to pay for hundreds of channel options. As mentioned, Spotify may change its package rates in order to comply with Canadian markets, but the aforementioned figures will give you a decent idea of how much you can expect to shell out.

Spotify’s Competition

It is said that competition is healthy. In Spotify’s case, competition comes from Apple’s iTunes, mostly. Comparably, iTunes sound quality has been known to be lesser than what Spotify offers. If content is what you’re after, both services have a large amount of content, though it will be interesting to see if Spotify brings all of its content to Canada. In the case of other services brought recently to the North, like Netflix, content was cut short as compared to availability in the U.S. Then again, Spotify is a music streaming service and not a television/movie services, so the choice offerings might be greater or different.

In any case, Canadians can look forward to having access to Spotify in the next few months. Keep your eyes on the Spotify website for additional details and concrete release dates.