After many a false start, the popular European music service Spotify launched Thursday in the United States to much fanfare.
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But what's the big deal? We've got a plethora of music experiments underway in the United States, and cloud-based music services are making their way into the U.S. market from Amazon.com, Apple and Google.
One of the main conceptual differences: Subscribers don't have to own the music to listen to it.
Instead, the service, which has 15 million tunes in its database, streams music to its users on demand. The tunes and playlists that listeners call up and create can be cached on their computers and mobile devices if they choose to pay Spotify's monthly fees.