Spotify are increasing their world domination plans one step at a time, and this week it’s BlackBerry customers who get the free music streaming service added to their devices, as RIM has announced a new coalition with Spotify.
Spotify has been available on Android and iOS running devices for some time now, and now BlackBerry users can experience full music streaming via their mobile devices too. With BlackBerry’s recent BBM outage issues, the addition of a big name like Spotify is much needed.
The announcement was made via Spotifiy’s official blog, and the statement notes all of the features of the forthcoming app. Features included in this release are:
- Million of songs available instantly on your Blackberry.
- Offline playlists – listen to music with no mobile connection and avoid using your data allowance
- Create and sync playlists
- Star your favourite tracks
- Search tracks, artists, album
- Browse “What’s new” and “Top tracks”
- Scrobble tracks to Last.fm
- Receive music from friends via the inbox
The app, however, is only available to Spotify Preminum customers, which is the same as all of the spotify Mobile Apps. It basically means that users will need to pay £9.99 per month for the privilege, but this will give you advert-free music with no time limits and the ability to create offline playlists.
Spotify has listed a group of Blackberry handsets that the service has been tested with including the 9780 Bold, 9700 Bold, 9300 Curve, 9000 Bold and 8520 Curve. Strangely there is a notable exclusion from the list, being the Blackberry Torch 9800 handset. The first Torch seems incompatible at the moment, as are the two new Torch devices – the Torch 9810 and Torch 9860
They also note that the service will only work on GSM networked phones, with support for CDMA networks coming soon. This means Spotify subscribers in the UK and Europe will definitely be able to use the service on their BlackBerrys.
You can download the app early as a preview for people who want to try out the app and service, but the final app will be coming in the next few months.
Back in August RIM announced its plans for its own Music streaming service called BBM Music, which was heavily slated when announced, so this may be BlackBerry’s way of appeasing the fans who want to stream music on their devices.
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