I just noticed that within the first 24 hours after Spotify launched in the US, the traffic of my site went tripled. Most new visitors came in through googling different variations of Spotify and classical music.
I'd like to say hello to new visitors of this blog in the U.S. Spotify is amazing for classical music: decent sound quality (comparing to most other streaming services), comprehensive catalog (which other service has six complete sets of Bach Cantatas?), great user interface and super fast too. Try it for yourself, it even has a free version. If you are still looking for an invite, we have over a dozen here, thanks to Sven. It would be much appreciated if you can leave a comment in that post after taking an invite, so others will know which one is already used.
If you are already amazed by what you saw on Spotify so far, lo and behold, the best is yet to come. I have tried a Spotify US account yesterday, and based on what I saw, Spotify is still adding many contents into their US library. In some of my playlists, up to two thirds of the tracks are currently not available in the US. Like: New Yorker: Songs of the Years 1925-2010. See what it looks like in a US account in this picture. However, I think there's no need to get frustrated too soon. Spotify may need a bit more time to sync all contents to their US servers. You can still subscribe to the playlists that you are interested, and see if more tracks will become available in the future.
I have published more than one hundred playlists on this blog so far, below are some of my favorite ones that I want to recommend to new visitors:
Classical Music Used In Stanley Kubrick Films
Classical Music Inspired By The Sea
Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Series and Editions
Complete Chronological Catalogue of Mozart and Beethoven
An Index for 2011 New Classical Releases (nearly 700 recordings and growing)
NPR Classical 50 and 50 Great Voices
A Brief History of Post-World War II Music
Pop Songs Based On Classical Works
And all closing credit songs from HBO's The Sopranos (yes I occasionally cover pop and other good music as well)
Happy exploring and listening. If you have any problem regarding using Spotify for classical music, feel free to drop me a line. I hope Spotify will make good music easier to access for more and more people.