Spotify expands to Research In Motion's BlackBerry
Spotify extended its streaming music service to smartphones running Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry operating system.
The Spotify app is a free download via BlackBerry App World.
The Spotify app, available as a free download from RIM's BlackBerry App World storefront, offers on-demand access to 16 million songs--users can search for tracks, artists and albums, browse "What's New" and "Top Tracks" listings, create and sync playlists, and share music with friends. Spotify charges subscribers $9.99 per month for unlimited mobile streaming over 3G and Wi-Fi; BlackBerry users can trial the service for free for up to 30 days.
Spotify for BlackBerry is compatible with the 9780 Bold, 9700 Bold, 9300 Curve, 9000 Bold and 8520 Curve. For now, the app only supports devices running on GSM networks.
Spotify is available in 13 countries and touts more than 10 million active users, including 3 million premium subscribers. During a keynote appearance at May's CTIA Wireless 2012 event, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said users listen to an average of 100 minutes a day and have created more than 700 million playlists. He added that Spotify services have generated more than $250 million in payments back to the music industry, noting that more than 500 million consumers worldwide still listen to music across various illegal services and sites.
Last month, Spotify updated its applications for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and iPad to support free streaming radio--in the past, only premium Spotify subscribers could access the service via iOS devices. But only paid subscribers will enjoy commercial-free listening. "We think [free streaming radio is] core to the mobile experience, and we're looking to bring it to all of the major platforms in due time," a Spotify spokesperson told Engadget.
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