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Spotify: Streaming Music on the Go

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Today saw the launch of the highly anticipated streaming music service from Spotify as an application for iPhone and Android. The app is free download but it has only been made available to use for those who hold a premium subscription.

The app allows you to stream the whole Spotify catalogue via 2.5/3G as well as WIFI which enables those with an iPod Touch to take full advantage. The Swedish company adds 10,000 tracks daily and the premium subscription gives unlimited access to the six million songs that are currently available with no adverts. Playlist can be made and stored on your handset, while the ‘offline mode’ caches the tracks for 30 days so they can be played with no internet connection.

It now seems that iTunes and Spotify will not be the only ones in direct competition with each other. People are also beginning to see that this is a better alternative to pirating music because it much simpler to access and most importantly; its 100% legal.

Spotify currently has 2 million users within the UK and 4.5 million in Europe with 2% paying for the premium subscription. As it is only available to those who have paid for the premium subscription account which is priced at £9.99 per month, this is surely going to increase considerably. With plans to launch in the United States before the end of the year, Spotify is going to take mobile music streaming even further.

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