For those ModMyi members living in the Europe, Spotify has added a new "Devices" section to their streaming music program. The devices section allows users to sync their playlists to iDevices and other MP3 players without a premium subscription (aka free).
Spotify is a subscription music service reminiscent of on-demand radio. The user owns none of the music they hear or listen to on their playlists, unless they purchase the tracks as MP3 downloads. Spotify has recently attempted to entice users to shift to their paid premium version of Spotify, that allows users to sync their playlists with a variety of mobile devices via the Spotify mobile app.
With this updated version of Spotify users of the free version of spotify can sync playlists via wifi or USB connection, something they weren't able to do before. The ability for devices to be recognized within Spotify is almost the reverse of what Palm did with the launch of the Pre when they disguised the Pre as an iPod to allow it to sync to iTunes (Apple put the kibosh on that quickly).
It seems like Spotify would cannobolize their premium service by allowing free users to sync their playlists and music, but the free is just as useful as Xbox Live Silver. Free users can only stream a limited number of hours of music a month, and it costs money to sync playlists (100 tracks for €60.00). Premium users are allowed unlimited streaming and unlimited synched playlists.
Below is a list of the new features of Spotify via their blog:
- Manage your iPod in Spotify! For the first time, seamlessly manage any iPod classic, iPod nano and iPod shuffle in Spotify. Simply connect your iPod to your computer via your USB cable and watch it magically appear in the new ‘Devices’ section of your Spotify sidebar.Sync all the MP3s contained in your Spotify playlists to your iPod, and purchase the rest through…
- The all-new Spotify download service! Listening to the music you want to hear, wherever you want it, just got a whole lot simpler - and cheaper.Your playlists are special to you. You’ve spent untold hours putting together your own mix-tape masterpieces on your computer and want to take them with you, but without the trouble of having to buy each track separately, switching music players or breaking the bank? Then look no further.Spotify’s new MP3 download service makes it possible to own your playlists in one easy step. By introducing a range of MP3 bundles, we’ve been able to offer you some of the most competitive prices available - from as little as 50p per song.
- Spotify Mobile app now available to all! iPod integration was your biggest request, but there are also a lot of Spotify Free users out there who are iPhone and Android phone owners. You asked for the ability to buy your MP3 playlists and sync to your phones. So we’ve got you covered too…As of today, everyone can download the Spotify Mobile iPhone & Android apps to wirelessly sync your MP3 playlists in Spotify from your computer to your phone. Fire up your mobile app and see your phone appear in the ‘Devices’ section of the Spotify sidebar, ready to rock and roll. No cables required! And did we mention it’s now possible to wirelessly sync these playlists to your iPod touch?
While the updates are sure to please current users of Spotify and the streaming model of subscription music, it still doesn't appeal to the die-hard music lover inside me. Perhaps it was my time as a DJ and digging for rare vinyl, but there is something engrained in my that wants to own my music.
What does the ModMyi community think? Would you rather own your music or stream it? Owning it means you physically have an mp3 on your harddrive, not that you purchased the music "legally."