Spotify launches service to take on iTunes

 

By Posted 4 May 2011, 08:39

Millions of people use Apple’s iTunes service to sync their music to their iPod or iPhone. Now online music service Spotify has launched a service to take on iTunes, as an alternative to the Apple run offering.

BBC News are reporting the new service begins today, and some of the premium services that Spotify offer will be made available to non paying members. The company is also trying to convince its customers to port their music playlists into Spotify instead of iTunes.

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It remains to be seen how successful the service will be considering the size of iTunes, and its integration with devices made by Apple. The free service is ad-supported and also allows users to sync music tracks with Android handsets.

Spotify are trying to make its service the only one used by its ten million users. Previously users who paid the monthly fee of £5 to £9.99 were allowed to import music from their iTunes account into Spotify. This service is believed an attempt to please users who were annoyed by the recent restrictions imposed on the music store.

Users can also create their own edited playlists thanks to recent agreements with record labels. Spotify will now offer new bundles of tracks at discounted prices. These start at £7.99 for ten tracks and go up to £50 for one hundred tracks.

Will use the new service from Spotify?