Spotify, the very popular Swedish music streaming service founded in 2006, has been spreading like crazy during the past couple of years, reaching, among others, the US in July 2011 and Germany just last week.
Australia and New Zealand have just been officially added to the Spotify support list and all three versions of the service (free, unlimited and premium) are already available in the two new countries. The service is also up for grabs for any computer or mobile user these days, with support for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian.
The basic ad-supported service is free of charge, but will not bring you all the functionality that has made Spotify so popular during since its inception. Therefore, if you want to take advantage of all of the service’s great features and functions, you should either go for the unlimited subscription, available for $6.99 a month, or for the full premium version, at $11.99 a month.
If you’re from Australia or New Zealand and want to take Spotify for a spin on your Android device, you should know that the official app is available free of charge in Google Play. However, if you’re going to choose the free Spotify service, you’ll only be able to organize playlists and sync music that you already own. With the Unlimited or Premium versions, you’ll gain access to approximately 15 million songs from virtually all of the world’s major and independent labels, so the choice between the free and paid version is no-brainer.
The Australia and NZ launch comes with two exclusive Spotify apps, designed to showcase popular new music in each country. Triple J is the Australia-special app, while NZ Top 40 will bring the coolest and most popular tracks in New Zealand to your device. There are also special “G’day Australia” and “Kia Ora New Zealand” playlists to welcome new users to the Spotify world.
Spotify is set to expand even more and, aside from Australia, New Zealand, the US and most of Europe, which are today’s covered markets, the service should be made available soon enough in other countries. Ireland was supposed to get Spotify at the same time as Australia, but for some reason the launch there seems to have been delayed.
Are there any Aussies or Kiwis reading us? Have you tried or are you planning to try Spotify? Is it the best music streaming service that you’ve ever used?