7digital, the online music store, has today announced updated Android and Blackberry apps as well as a HTML5-compatible mobile site to allow iOS users preview, buy and listen to full-length streams.
7digital was the first site to offer DRM-free downloads in Europe back in 2008 and has since gone on to carve out a niche for itself in the competitive world of MP3 downloads with it Spotify and Songbird tie-ins. The London-based company has now announced that it has released two updated apps, for Android and BlackBerry as well as a new mobile website. The website will allow iOS users to browse, preview, purchase and listen to full versions of tracks without the need for an application. Another feature of the website means that tracks and albums previously purchased from 7digital can be accessed on the mobile site on any device via 7digital’s cloud-based technology, the 7digital Locker.
The new Android app brings a lot of new features, which include the ability to access and play music stored locally on an SD card through the 7digital player. Another feature is the option of getting Last.fm scrobbling, direct from the device. Scrobbling, for those who don’t know, means that when you listen to a song, the name of the song is sent to Last.fm and added to your music profile. The app also features a new landscape display, auto-resume for downloads and headphone controls built into the 7digital player. The BlackBerry app update however doesn’t seem to add any new features but adds device support for the BlackBerry Touch 9800 and BlackBerry 9780 devices.
“Our customers are increasingly demanding instant wireless access to the content that they own on all of their devices, be it a mobile or tablet. With the combination of apps and a new mobile store, we’re providing a great high quality music experience independent of device or operating system to meet these expectations,” said 7digital CEO, Ben Drury.
The Android app is compatible with devices running Android 2.1 and higher and is now available to download from the Android Market for free. The BlackBerry App is similarly available from the BlackBerry App World. The 7digital mobile site can be accessed at http://m.7digital.com.