While you probably won’t be downloading any of the 24-bit FLAC offerings from 7digital via its new Android app, but you will have access to its library of over 13 million MP3 tracks.
Earlier today we reported that Spotify was rolling out its own download service, having previously partnered with 7digital to allow users to purchase music via the desktop application. Ben Drury, CEO of 7digital, has confirmed that his company will not be powering the new offering from Spotify and has instead announced a new service for Android users. The revamped Android app now includes an online music store allowing users to browse, preview (30 seconds) and purchase any of the 14 million MP3 tracks.
Those worried about using up too much of their data allowance by downloading MP3s will be reassured that when using a 3G connection tracks will download in compressed, lower quality format. Full MP3 320kbps quality files will then be downloaded when a WiFi connection is available – which is a neat solution. The integrated player allows users to access and sync tracks stored both locally and in 7digital’s cloud locker. “This major update to our Android application allows our customers to access and purchase high quality MP3 music, wherever they are, on their mobile or tablet device,” said Drury. “With new cloud features, this update is a major step towards our vision of giving our customers access to their entire music collection on all of their devices.”
The 7digital Android app is now available in the Android Market in 16 countries around the world and is compatible with Android 2.1 and above.