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