After halving the amount of music available to free users last month, music streaming service Spotify has declared another big shake-up: its own music store, complete with iPod management. All users could already purchase the songs they liked through Spotify, though the service was provided by another company, 7Digital.
Spotify also announced that their mobile app which was previously limited to premium members is now available for all to download and use. Don’t expect to be streaming any of Spotify’s 9 million songs on the go however, as free accounts are only able to sync existing audio files that you have imported into Spotify on your Windows or Mac PC.
The company claims that these changes will hopefully make Spotify “the only music player you’ll ever need”, though opinion is split on whether the green giant can take a bite out of Apple’s core.
Users will be able to sync their iPod classic, nano and shuffle players directly within the program itself, with your iDevice appearing in Spotify’s sidebar. Similarly iPhone, iPod Touch and Android users who download the mobile app will be able to wirelessly sync their own tunes (but again, no Spotify streaming without a premium account).
Pricing for Spotify’s new download service is designed to reflect the way users listen to music, with per-track downloads and playlist purchases starting from 50p per track (that’s 100 tracks for £50). In the UK 10 tracks will now cost you £7.99, 15 tracks £9.99 and 40 tracks for £25; the service has not yet been launched in the US but these recent changes suggest it probably won’t be too far off now.
90% of Spotify listeners opt for the free option, so the company has got its work cut out in order to convert the masses.
If you have previously purchased any music within Spotify whilst 7Digital were the content suppliers, you can still download your old 7Digital purchases via the company’s website or any of the mobile apps that 7Digital serves.
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