Music service Spotify has finally arrived in the U.S. In case you haven’t heard, Spotify has made its free version invite-only, but you can access the music service now if you shell out $4.99 or $9.99 per month. If you don’t want to pay for Spotify, and don’t have an invite in your inbox, don’t worry. There’s always Klout Perks.
Klout, the startup that measures influence on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, has a limited number of free Spotify account invitations to pass out via its Klout Perks. Klout Perks are exclusive offers or experiences, given as a result of your Klout.
Klout CEO Joe Fernandez says that Klout has partnered with Spotify to offer free invites to those Klout users who have hight scores in topics relevant to music/entertainment. We don’t know the exact number of invites, but Fernandez says Klout is working with Spotify to scale the invitations further. Apparently, if your friends end up downloading Spotify, your account might even be upgraded to Spotify Premium.
This isn’t the first cool offer from Klout Perks. The initiative has offered free tickets on Virgin America, a laptop from Hewlett Packard and a weekend in a Audi A8. For Klout, it’s a way to engage brands with the platform, and connect to users.
You can see if your Klout qualifies for your free invitation here.
UPDATE: Many of you may have noticed that Klout is having difficult processing the massive amount of requests for invites. It appears the site is down temporarily.
UPDATE II: Fernandez tells us that the response “was overwhelming and the
viral spread from the influencers was even more than Spotify and us predicted.” Spotify and Klout have decided to pause the campaign until tomorrow.