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Spotify launches music streaming service in Australia

spotifythumbSpotify, one of the world’s most popular streaming music services, has finally been launched in Australia with access to more than 16 million songs.

The service can be enjoyed on your computer, smartphone or tablet so your music can always be within easy reach.

Users can create playlists and share them with their friends and also check out what their friends are listening to.

Spotify also features integration with Facebook so the music experience becomes a social affair.

This allows users to discover new music their friends may already be listening to.

The Spotify service can be access from your desktop with or without ads

Spotify offers three services:

Spotify Free: A completely free music service with on-demand access to more than 16 million tracks on your computer. The free service does feature advertising on the desktop app.

Spotify Unlimited: This takes all of the features of the Spotify Free account and removes all the ads while listening on your computer for $6.99 a month.

Spotify Premium: The top of the range Spotify experience provides ad-free aaccess all areas to listen to music online and offline on your computer, iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone and tablet for $11.99 a month.

There are also apps to enjoy within the Spotify ecosystem to offer even more ways to discover music.

The Spotify app on the iPad

To coincide with the launch of Spotify in Australia, Triple J has released its own Spotify app which will showcase all of the new tracks on the Triple J hitlist as well as access to past Hottest 100 countdowns.

TuneWiki is another Spotify app which lets users see their favourite songs’ lyrics so they can sing along.

The Android Spotify app

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Sonos music system owners will also be pleased to know the Spotify service is also accessible through the Sonos control app.

Sonos owners can now stream the music from Spotify wirelessly to the Sonos speakers around their home.

Spotify will also be accessible through WD TV Media players and also incorporates the ability to create playlists and share songs with your friends.

Sonos music system owners can also enjoy the Spotify service wirelessly through the speakers

Virgin Mobile has also come on board as a launch partner with Spotify and is offering a guide to getting the most out of the service.

Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon launched the Spotify service in Sweden in 2008 in an effort to create a legal alternative to music piracy.

“We’re unbelievably excited to be here,” says co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek. “Australians are massive music fans and we’ve created a service that we know they’ll love.”

Kate Vale, Spotify’s managing director in Australia says the service is a game changer.

“This is a revolutionary new music service that’s free, simple, and provides lightning-fast access to one of the world’s biggest music libraries. We hope Australian music fans will love Spotify as much as they do across Europe and the US.”

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