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Streaming music service Spotify is now available in Australia and New Zealand after launching on Tuesday morning, taking the total number of supported countries to 15. As is the case in other territories, there are three tiers of membership available: Free, Unlimited and Premium.

In Australia Spotify Unlimited costs AU$6.99 per month, with Premium monthly subscriptions available for AU$11.99. In New Zealand users will have to pay NZ$7.49 monthly for Unlimited and NZ$12.99 for Premium.

Free accounts are supported with advertising both within the app and via audio adverts. Unlimited provides unmetered access to Spotify’s library without any advertising and Premium features offline mode for up to three devices, mobile access and “extreme” quality streams at 320Kbps.

To mark the occasion Spotify have created two playlists featuring music from each country, G’Day Australia – Spotify Here and Kia Ora New Zealand – Spotify Here. While both services offer a huge selection of music thanks to Spotify’s impressive library, there are still some discrepancies between international versions.

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Have you signed up for Spotify yet? Are you paying for premium or is free good enough? Still waiting for Spotify to launch in your country? Have your say in the comments, below.

Source: Spotify Blog

  1. Lee
    May 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    So, if i go from the US to Australia, can i use the same account?

    • Tim Brookes
      May 27, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Yep,

      If you have a premium account just make sure that the money comes out of your US bank account or PayPal, else it will switch you to the Australia store. You can switch back and forth between stores, which is handy if you're travelling!

      Also if you go from the US to anywhere without Spotify (and you have Premium) you can still listen!

      Tim

  2. PatientCanadian
    May 25, 2012 at 12:20 am

    CANADAAAAAAAA!!! WHY?!?!?!

    • Tim Brookes
      May 25, 2012 at 12:43 am

      It really sucks that it's not available in Canada yet, especially as the US got it not so long ago. I'm sure it can't be long now though! Fingers crossed.

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  4. khendar
    May 23, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I tried the free version. The catalog seems decent, the shared playlists are nice. The interface isn't fantastic (currently playing song is not marked in the playlist). I was enjoying it until they started inserting audio ads into my playlists every couple of songs. Naturally this will go away in the paid version but there are already free streaming services without audio ads so I can't justify another subscription.

    • Tim Brookes
      May 25, 2012 at 12:41 am

      The subscription is well worth it in my opinion. The only issue I have is that since switching from the British store to Australian store a lot of my old saved songs are no longer available.

      I have to actually use a British payment if I want access to the British store (fair enough) which isn't particularly useful to me right now. I may still switch back, but I'll see how it goes for now.

      One thing that Spotify doesn't get enough credit for is music discovery. It's possible to have the least productive day at work purely because you're constantly stumbling across music you love. Related artists, label search and playlists in search results are great ways of finding music.

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