Spotify expands to selected BlackBerry smartphones


Spotify is bringing its digital music platform to Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) operating system, but there's a catch: The application only supports selected devices compatible with GSM networks.

Spotify for BlackBerry

Spotify expands to select BlackBerry smartphones.

First announced as a beta release in October, Spotify for BlackBerry is available for download across smartphones including the Bold 9780, Bold 9700, Curve 9300, Bold 9000 and Curve 8520. At present, CDMA network-based BlackBerry smartphones and the Torch 9800 do not support the app; Spotify has not stated when or if it will roll out service across the full BlackBerry portfolio.

Spotify offers on-demand streaming access to more than 15 million songs--users can create and manage their own playlists, share tracks via Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS and wirelessly sync their playlists to their mobile phone or iPod. The U.S. version, launched in July 2011, offers three flavors: Spotify Free (on-demand, buffer-free access with occasional advertising); Spotify Unlimited (uninterrupted, ad-free access via computer for $4.99 per month); and Spotify Premium (online and offline access across the desktop and mobile for $9.99 per month).

Spotify remains most popular in Europe, although the service has grown quickly in the months since its U.S. premiere. Spotify now boasts 10 million active users in 12 countries, with 2.5 million opting for its premium offerings.

For more:
- read this Spotify blog entry

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