Please explain Spotify to me.

Aug 24, 2011 | | 1 comments |

Spotify is one of the interweb's big mysteries to me at the moment. Every time I ask someone to explain it to me, all I get is "dude it's freakin awesome!". Ok but why? What is it that makes it so awesome? It seems to me like the Papa Murphy's of the music world (the pizza company that don't deliver, and when you pick it up, it's not cooked)
Spotify seems to have a wide range of mainstream music that you can't own, and can't listen to unless you have an unlimited data connection (no cellphone company does those any more), are in range of wifi or have a hard-wired network. So you can't really listen to it on a motorbike. Or in a car. Or on a plane. Or in a train.
Which to me seems - well - pointless?
Plus, if you don't own the music you're paying for, then Spotify can pull an Amazon on you and just arbitrarily take away what you've paid for.
My mp3 player on the other hand - 32Gb of music there, in the palm of my hand. 12 solid days of music that travels with me wherever I go and doesn't need a license, or a data connection, or a network. I can listen to it anywhere.

So please - without telling me that it's cool, someone explain to me what the hell it is about Spotify that has everyone hooked. Are they giving away free drugs with every signup or something? And if it's so cool, why don't they let you search their song list without signing up? For that matter, why do you need an invite? Why can't just anyone sign up? What are they hiding? It's like some super secret masonic club that the have's are not allowed to explain to the have-not's.