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D-Link Boxee Box Adds Spotify

10/14/2011 02:59:21 PM Eastern
London - Internet music sharing service Spotify has cut a deal with D-Link to make the service available on D-Link's Boxee Box set-top IP access device.

Spotify delivers playlists enabling consumers to select and listen to new tracks and artists through a connected TV set or home-theater system.

The service is said to provide access to more than 15 million tracks.

Spotify offers the service free with commercial interruptions or charges $5 per month for the commercial-free Premium unlimited subscription version that is consistent with the Open Music Model.

The service also sells song downloads that listeners wish to keep. Content is protected with DRM.

A premium Spotify account allows Boxee Box users to engage additional features, including sharing music and playlists with friends on Facebook and other social networks; stream playlists and tracks from a computer or mobile device directly to a TV through the Boxee Box; and listen to unlimited music selections without ads for premium subscribers.

Audio streams are offered in the Vorbis format at q5 (approximately 160 kbps), or optional q9 (approximately 320kbps) for Premium subscribers. It is said to be highest streaming rate available for any online service, and Spotify said streaming playback is virtually buffer-free.
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