Spotify launches music service on iPhone and Android Apps stores

7 Sep 2009

The world’s fastest growing digital music powerhouse Spotify has brought its instant access music service to the Apple iPhone Apps Store as a premium service and Google’s Android Marketplace as a free service.

Available for free through Android Market, Spotify’s mobile application will allow users to enjoy the music service, previously available only on the desktop, wherever they go.

The service includes access to millions of tracks with Spotify’s constantly updated catalogue, ability to continue to run Spotify in the background while making calls, browsing the web etc, search and stream instantly and download playlists that can be played in offline mode when no connection is available.

The Android mobile service has been made available exclusively to Spotify Premium members in the majority of its launch countries including the UK, Sweden, Spain, France and Norway. Spotify is not yet available on Android Market in Finland.

However, the service won’t be free on the iPhone App Store where it will be available from today only as a premium service costing €9.99 a month

“This is a hugely significant day in Spotify’s short history,” said Gustav Söderström, director of portable solutions at Spotify. “Since our launch last October, we’ve worked hard to provide our users with a high quality service that gives them access to whatever music they want, whenever they want it.

“The launch of the Spotify App for iPhone and iPod touch now provides our users with the best of both the online and offline worlds, making it even easier for users to listen to all the world’s music, anywhere on the planet,” Söderström said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years