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Spotify targets iTunes with app and music store

Sync from PC to iPods, iPhones and Android phones

Spotify on Apple iPod

Spotify can now be used to control your iPod, iPhone and Android phone music library, with MP3 playlists now available to download

Spotify has today announced a number of new features to its music service, all of which will roll out to users today with an automatic update.

All Spotify customers can now manage their entire MP3 music library on their Apple iPod without the need to use Apple’s proprietary iTunes service. Users can connect their iPod to their computer and it will appear in the new ‘Devices’ section of the Spotify sidebar. 

Find out more about Spotify in our Spotify advice guide

The Spotify Mobile app is now available to free and paying Spotify customers. This allows users to sync their MP3 playlists from their computer to their iPhone or Android phone, transferring across songs and playlists. Owners with devices supporting wi-fi connectivity, such as an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or an Android phone, will also be able to do this wirelessly.

Spotify MP3 download service

Spotify has also launched a music download service enabling its customers to purchase their songs as MP3 files, and play them back offline and on their non internet-enabled Apple MP3 players, such as the iPod Classic, the iPod Nano and the iPod Shuffle. Until now all but Spotify’s £10 per-month, Spotify Premium, customers would have needed an internet connection to play their Spotify music.

The music service has always allowed its music-streaming customers to create playlists. The new Spotify download service allows customers to purchase these playlists. A ten-track playlist will cost £7.99, a 15-track playlist will cost £9.99, a 40-track playlist will cost £25 and a 100-track playlist will cost £50.

Spotify currently has around ten million customers using its music-streaming service, one million of which listen to the paid-for, ad-free music-streaming service, and a further nine million who use the free, ad-based service.

Read Which? technology expert Al Warman’s view on Spotify’s recent change to its music streaming limitations, and have your say, on Which? Conversation.

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