If you’ve been on a computer today, you’ve probably heard about Spotify’s long-awaiting arrival on US shores. Spotify has long been the most popular online music service in Europe, and it’s easy to see why. Social playlists, streaming and offline access to over 15 million songs, and a great mobile app make the app well worth $10/month (though there is a free and $5 tier as well).

As of now, the service is invite only, but luckily there are a few ways around the access wall.


This is how I got on the service earlier this morning. Klout has 100,000 invites (hurry!) to give away to online influencers based on their Klout score. I’m not sure what the threshold is, but I got in with a 38 (though that was recently buoyed by my social media whoring in New York). Anyone with a few hundred Twitter followers should be able to nab an invite, so check your status here.

The British Ex-Pat Method

Adam Dachis at Lifehacker came up with this brilliant method. I won’t copy all the steps, but basically you will need to sign up as a citizen of the UK, and then change your country in the settings after you’ve downloaded the client. Not sure how long the loophole will be open, so hurry!


Update: The Coke Method

Coca-Cola is giving away invites now too. Grab them here!