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Spotify Launch Includes Select Home Audio Devices


 New York – The


Internet music-streaming service
that launched today in the U.S. is available through select home audio devices
from Onkyo, Sonos, and Logitech.

 Spotify is also available through PCs and
Android- and iOS-based smartphones and tablets.

 Sonos said the wireless multi-room-audio
systems now in homes in the U.S. have been updated to access the U.S. Spotify
service, and Onkyo announced the availability today of firmware updates that
enable its 2011 networked A/V receivers to access the service.

 For its part, Logitech said its tabletop Squeezebox
Radio and Squeezebox Touch Internet radios now stream Spotify.

 All three company’s products, like any non-PC
home device that accesses Spotify, stream only Spotify’s $9.99/month paid
service, not the company’s ad-supported free service or a $4.99/month ad-free
service. Both of those services are available only through PCs.

At least one other
CE company, Motorola Mobility, is participating in the Spotify launch in
another way. As Spotify’s exclusive mobile device and tablet partner, Motorola
plans to launch a number of marketing campaigns in the coming weeks with
special Spotify deals for its customers, a spokesperson said.

“We are also
collaborating with Spotify on device integration but do not have specifics to
share on that front yet.”

Spotify lets users
choose the individual songs they want to stream on-demand from a library of
more than 13 million songs, including songs from the big four music companies.
The premium service also lets users add songs from their own music libraries
for streaming.

Spotify offers
three service tiers. A free ad-supported service is accessible only via
computer, providing up to 20 hours of listening per month. For now, the free
service is available without monthly time limits as part of an invite-only
introductory offer, and the regular free service will be available in a few
weeks, a spokesperson told TWICE.

A step-up service
eliminates the ads and time limits for $4.99/month but is also limited to the
PC. The $9.99/month Spotify Premium service provides ad-free access via PC,
smartphone, and tablet. It also delivers higher quality audio streams,
exclusive content, and special offers.

Spotify has more
than 10 million registered users and more than 1.6 million paying subscribers
in seven European countries.