European music-streaming service Spotify has released a major overhaul of its platform, allowing users to manage music on their iPods and wirelessly sync music files with their players.
More importantly, the company has also set up its own music store, in partnership with 7Digital, to take on Apple’s iTunes. The new Spotify desktop software comes with support for the Apple iPod Nano, Classic and Shuffle.
Now, users will be able to manage their Apple music players and purchase and download music from a single Spotify platform. The services are available from both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium.
“As of today, everyone can download the Spotify Mobile iPhone & Android apps to wirelessly sync your MP3 playlists in Spotify from your computer to your phone. Fire up your mobile app and see your phone appear in the ‘Devices’ section of the Spotify sidebar, ready to rock and roll,” the company said in a blog post announcing the new features.
Wireless syncing in particular is expected to win Spotify new users considering the feature is still unavailable on iTunes. No word on how these moves affect Spotify's potential partnership with Google. Google is in the process of setting up its own music-streaming service.