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Spotify Still Missing Two Essential Features

The new Unlimited option now available from Spotify has been welcomed by some as a great way of enjoying unlimited music without having to pay massively over the odds.

£4.99 a month is a reasonable amount for an unlimited access to a database of more than eight million tracks. Still, there are noteworthy features that are still missing from Spotify's list, some of which could change the way we listen to music.

The first one has to do with the fact that the "unlimited" option is limited to a computer, a Windows-based one to be more precise. This means that if you have a Linux desktop computer, you're out of the picture (ed : we know that Spotify works under Wine but they have yet to announce any Native clients).

Some have suggested that Spotify should instead have charged £4.99 for an unlimited access either on a desktop or a mobile platform which makes sense given that many music aficionados only listen to music on their phones. Spotify Premium offers both platforms.

The second missing feature is getting Spotify on more devices, just like BBC's foray into a multi platform environment; Spotify on anything from Virgin Media, the Playstation 3 and even peripherals like Logitech's Squeezebox.

Don't get us wrong; Spotify's Unlimited is a fantastic service but Napster Unlimited offers 10 million tracks and 5 MP3 for free to keep while we7 is still accepting subscriptions for its free service, albeit with adverts.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.