Spotify Officially Debuts Symbian Client

Popular online music service Spotify has rolled out a version of its mobile music application for a number of Nokia phones including those which run on the Symbian platform.

The mobile app, which is currently available for iPhones and Android based phones, will allow the Nokia users to stream unlimited music on the phone provided that they have a premium account with Spotify and a fixed data plan which allows them Wi-Fi or 2.5/3G internet access.

Nokia has 21 handsets compatible with the Spotify app, but a number of these phones like the 5320, 5530 and 5800 XpressMusic phones already come with Nokia's own music-streaming app.

Spotify said on its website that it was delighted to announce the launch of the music app for Symbian based phones including those of Nokia.

Spotify is a proprietary peer-to-peer music streaming service that allows instant listening to specific tracks or albums with virtually no buffering delay. An iPhone Spotify application was officially announced on July 27, 2009, Apple approved the app one month later on August 27, 2009.

Other phones which can now access Spotify include the Sony Ericsson Satio and two Samsung devices: the GT-I7110 and i8910 Omnia HD.

Our Comments

Spotify will be a direct threat to the "Comes with Music service" offered by Nokia which some might argue, is better than Spotify's own offering. That said, the latter has some significant advantages compared to CMW. It is available on more platforms and doesn't tie you with one brand and it is significantly more widespread than Nokia's.

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