As expected, there is some advertising to put up with, but only about every 25 songs - which is over an hour between adverts. Alternatively, it is possible to set up an account for £10 per month, ad free.
Spotify states that it believes in "fairly compensating artists for their work." They have cleared the rights to all songs available on Spotify, making it totally legal.
The major record labels have signed up, and there are already thousands of tracks to listen to - despite being a relatively new concept.
However, some big names are not available, like Led Zeppelin and Metallica. It will be a matter of time to see if they follow suit.
Whatever happens, it is clear that the value of owning music has deteriorated with the accessibility that the internet offers. Recent years have shown a decrease in album buying. Consumers want cheap music, anytime anywhere. This could be the way to sustain income through recorded music!