Spotify lands on iPhone, Android
Spotify's streaming music service finally comes to the iPhone and Android platforms.
Music streaming service Spotify has officially moved mobile, and is now available to premium subscribers on the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as Google's Android platform.
Anyone wishing to use the Spotify on their handsets will need to download the app from the stores and pay the 9.99 monthly fee for a premium membership.
Spotify's spokesman Andres Sehr said on the site's blog that the move is just the first step in going mobile, and is planning to rollout the app to devices other than iPhones and Android soon.
The app will let users edit and access playlists, and work over 3G or WiFi. Spotify warned users to check their data plan before streaming music, as charges could add up quickly.
"The mobile apps will allow you to take the entire Spotify catalogue and put it in your pocket," Sehr added. "You can use our offline mode' to make playlists available at all times, even when no connection is available. Perfect for that ride on the tube or long flight across the Atlantic."
In offline mode, the tracks are downloaded to the phone. The number of tracks that are moved to your handset depends how much disk space the device has, Spotify noted. Offline mode can be used for up to 30 days without syncing back online, and users can force their phone into the mode if they want to save battery life.
Spotify has long been credited with cutting back music piracy, but Apple has been slow to approve the app - although that may be no surprise as some suggest the music streaming app could put a dent in Apple's iTunes profit.
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