The wait is over! Spotify is now available in Australia. Boasting more than 16 million tracks and amazing device support, the launch includes deals with all majors and many independent Australian artists. While music subscription in this country is incredibly competitive, Spotify has some important differentiators.
Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity, like a small number of Australian press to try a Premium Spotify account. Expect a full review later today explaining why Spotify is now my music service of choice, sorry Rdio, but apps to solve the music discovery is simply a killer feature. Device support on Spotify is second to none, supporting iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, PC, Mac, Boxee Box, and SONOS. Some of these are only supported with a Premium Subscription.
The great news for users wanting to try subscription music is that there’s a free option for Spotify. This is not a 30-day trial, rather an ad-supported version. Step up to the Unlimited $6.99 per month plan and the ads go away. For ultimate mobile support and offline playlists, a Premium subscription will cost you $11.99 per month.
Compared to existing music subscription services in Australia, Spotify seems priced right. The Unlimited plan is cheaper than all others, but doesn’t support mobile which others do, so not exactly a fair comparison. The premium plan isn’t the cheapest, but the device support is broader than all other services.
Get into Spotify now at http://spotify.com.au