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Yesterday I finally accepted my invite to join SpiralFrog, the upcoming music download service backed by major and independent record labels. SpiralFrog offers advertising supported music and music video downloads, and is currently in private beta.

The interface of SpiralFrog is all web based. Initially, the service requires a small download which updates Windows Media Player and installs a small piece of software which runs in the taskbar to allow for downloading. The page is divided into genres, artists, new releases, top downloads, and videos. As you browse the site looking for songs to download, a small box called the download manager stays on every page, showing you the songs selected and waiting in queue for download. Each song must be downloaded individually, and takes a little less than a minute.

Music downloaded to your computer resides in a folder of your choice or the My Music folder by default. I play the music with Winamp, but any music player works. Amazingly, as you play the songs, no ads are shown. The advertising is web based, so you see ads as you browse for new songs. To keep your music collection active each user must visit the page at least once a month.

All of the music on your computer can be transferred to compatible portable devices. Each song is protected with DRM technology, which disables the music until you visit the site to re-validate each month. As users browse for new music, SpiralFrog is able to serve more advertisements, and the revenue is mostly given directly to the Record Labels. No credit card is required, but users must visit from the United States. SpiralFrog boasts a collection of over 700,000 tracks, including many of today’s most popular artists. The top list features artists like Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, The All-American Rejects, and Nelly Furtado.

I found while writing this post that “SpiralFrog” is a very hard name to type, so it is a great thing that the developers of SpiralFrog bought the domain name SprialFrog as well.

More commentary: TechCrunch, MarketingVox, and Mashable.

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23 Comments

  1. Sid Yadav

    August 26, 2007 at 7:33 am

    “Free, Legal Music Downloads”

    Lucky Americans and Canadians… always ahead of the curve ;)

  2. RaimoR

    August 26, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Sorry, but they just rejected me as I live in the US and not Canada. They said, it’s only for people living in Canada….

    :(

  3. Brandon West

    August 26, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    RaimoR,

    I live in the United States, this is available to Americans. Are you sure they didn’t just add you to the beta waiting list?

  4. Brandon West

    August 26, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Sid, this wouldn’t be a problem if you lived in Silicon Valley running a new start-up.

  5. Sid Yadav

    August 26, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    @Brandon – Don’t taunt my dream like that!

    @RaimoR – Homepage states, “At this time, the SpiralFrog Web site is available only to residents of the United States of America and Canada.” Might want to send them a pointer? :)

  6. hector ruiz

    September 17, 2007 at 10:10 am

    si un gato muere

  7. lild

    December 18, 2007 at 11:52 pm

    thanks for all the free songs

  8. Tucker Peterson

    March 2, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    Spiralfrog is a great service for everyone who likes legal music. In the US, everyone is concerned about the legal aspect because the MPAA and RIAA are starting to sue people who use illegal downloads. But in Canada where I live, RIAA and MPAA have very little power. It’s more of a moral question here.

    So Spiralfrog.com works well for every moral aspect there is for us. It’s perfect.

  9. wild4music

    August 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    spiral frog sucks!!!!
    WHY, I SAY THAT?
    1. If you have a Ipod like me or those Zune thinges, sorry you can’t sync those songs on!!
    2. No burning on cds
    3. I had do all this other crap every month just to have to keep the SONGS for playing
    4. BEWARE BEFORE YOU JOIN IT!!! i tryed it out for at least a couple of mouths and no way was it for me (((all i just want use the music)))

  10. bigbaby2008

    October 3, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    vkshgvlasj

  11. lurla

    January 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I love country music

  12. lurla

    January 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I love country music

  13. lurla

    January 14, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Long Black Train is my favorite song

  14. lurla

    January 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I like Randy Travis

  15. jahvibez

    March 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    free music

  16. paul540

    March 27, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Its an Outstanding music we like it so much………
    ——————————————————————–
    PAUL ADAMS
    SEO

  17. jahvibez

    March 27, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    free music

  18. MG

    April 7, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks!

  19. bobbystevenson

    August 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    it ok

  20. bobbystevenson

    August 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    it ok

  21. ethel

    June 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    i like sprialfrog

  22. Maxima2682

    August 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Spiral Frog was awesome. The licensing sucked, but a cheap licensing removal program fixed that up real quick.

  23. ethel cutshall

    November 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    like sprial frog

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