Music streaming service Spotify is to allow its Premium subscribers to download music to their PCs for the first time. The new service will only be available to premium subscribers, who pay £10 per month for their music. The application allows users to store up to 3,333 tracks offline, on up to three different devices at a time. However, the tracks can only be played through the Spotify music player. Spotify already allows users to listen to music offline via an application on their mobile phones, through its new app available to iPhone and Andriod users.
The firm has not said whether the music will be protected by digital rights management (DRM) software that allow rights holders to control how their music is used.
However, a spokesperson said that although tracks would be stored within a folder on a hard drive, they would not be able to be played using other music players.
Users can create a playlist whilst connected to the net, but then choose to sync them with a computer and then listen to the songs offline.
The firm said that if a customer stops paying a subscription, the playlists will continue to exist in the folder, but the ability to listen to them offline will be disabled.
Spotify, which launched last year, now has more than two million users in the UK, and more than six million across Europe.
It has not yet launched in the United States but says it intends to do so by the end of the year.
In addition to offline mode, Spotify have also added Paypal to the list of available payment methods this week for users in the UK.