Music streaming service Spotify has launched an app for the iPhone and the Android mobile platform. The Spotify App for iPhone and iPod touch is on the App Store as of today, available to Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Norway and Finland. The service is also available on phones using Google’s Android mobile platform, also available only to premium members.
Spotify is hoping the new apps will help encourage people to subscribe to the service, which costs £10 a month. The desktop service also runs a free, ad-funded version, which places ads inbetween tracks.
The apps emulate many of the features available on the desktop service, providing access to millions of tracks on Spotify’s catalogue.Users can create and synchronise playlists, and sync updates from the desktop version.
In addition, playlists can be downloaded and played in offline mode when there is no connection.
“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…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 worldʼs music, anywhere on the planet.”
To sign up to the mobile service, music fans should visit the Spotify Premium product page to purchase a monthly or annual subscription.