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Spotify launches iPhone app

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13:31 CEST+02:00
Swedish music streaming service Spotify announced the launch of the Spotify App for iPhone and iPod touch at the Apple iTunes App Store on Monday.

Available to Spotify Premium members in the UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Norway and Finland, the Spotify App allows subscribers to enjoy the music service, previously available only on desktop computers, on their mobile devices.

“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," Gustav Söderström, director of portable solutions at Spotify, said in a statement.

At the end of August, Apple approved Spotify's iPhone application, much to the delight of the Swedish company. It was widely anticipated that Apple would reject the petition, as the service has been considered a major threat to Apple's market-leading iTunes store.

The Spotify app allows subscribers access to millions of tracks in the Spotify catalogue. They can also search and stream music instantly, as well as create and synchronise playlists, which can also be downloaded and played in offline mode when users have no Internet connection.

While the application is free, users will have to sign up for a premium Spotify subscription, which costs 99 kronor ($14) per month.

Spotify, which was launched last year, has more than one million Swedish users, and 4.5 million users across Europe, the company's communications manager Jim Butcher previously told The Local.

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