Los Angeles – European streaming music service Spotify on
Wednesday launched an update that allows users to sync their Spotify playlists
to an Apple iPod, as well as the ability for iPhone and Android users to access
its free service, and for all users to purchase songs from a new MP3 store.
company said that Spotify users connecting an iPod to their computers will now
see the device appear in a new "Devices" section of the Spotfy
streaming player, where playlists may be synced with the iPod.
store will sell tracks in bundles, with 10 tracks costing about $13; 15 tracks
for about $16.48; 40 tracks for $41.25; or 100 tracks for $82.50.
today, Spotify really is the only music player you’ll ever need," said
company founder and CEO Daniel Ek.
"Our users don’t want to have to switch
between music players, but they do want to take their playlists with them
wherever they go, on a wider range of devices, more simply and at a price they
can afford. Now we’ve made that possible on one of the world’s most popular
Thorny licensing negotiations with the major record
labels have stalled Spotify’s planned U.S. launch. The company has reportedly
so far signed deals with EMI and Sony Music.