Spotify Now Playing on Symbian Handsets

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Our readers in Europe will be happy to hear this news — Spotify’s music streaming service is now supported on Symbian handsets from Nokia (s nok), Sony Ericsson and Samsung, TechRadar reports. The mobile client joins Apple’s iPhone/iPod Touch (s appl)  as well as Google Android (s goog) devices in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, France and Spain. The entire list of supported devices is right here, and it’s interesting that a few of them include support for Nokia’s own “Comes With Music” service. That’s what I like to see — no restrictions on competing apps; let the best software or service win.

For those not familiar with Spotify — the software works on Mac or Windows machines and offers streaming music from a library of over 6 million tracks. There is a monthly fee for Spotify Premium, which is required for mobile streaming to a handset. Offline song caching is supported on many handsets, so a constant connection isn’t necessarily required. The company has announced plans to launch in the U.S. either late this year or early next year.

Can any of our European readers chime in on Spotify’s service? I loved my $14.99 monthly Zune Pass subscription, so I’d be very interested in a similar, cross-platform service that works on multiple handsets.

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Gavin Miller

I’m giving the Premium version a go just now and it’s working well, with everything from Motley Crue through Talking Heads, via Marc Almond to KD Lang currently part of a huge offline mix. The Premium subscription gives higher bitrate music and it seems to be very good quality. Works well over 3G.

Of course, the real joy is losing hours at a time rediscovering all the music you love from the past and finding new stuff you never even knew you liked, which explains the eclectic mix I currently have!

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