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Spotify arrives on Logitech Squeezebox

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Spotify Arrives On Logitech Squeezebox

While Spotify continues to face delays launching in the lucrative US market, it has announced a deal with Logitech which will make it accessible on a range of devices here in Europe.

In September it was announced that Spotify would be available on Sonos products and now it will be available on the Logitech Squeezebox network music players. However you will need a Spotify Premium subscription in order to get access to the service. It will be available on the Logitech Squeezebox Touch and Squeezebox Radio players from today.

“Whatever music you like from wherever in the world, Spotify and Squeezebox make it even easier for you to sit back, listen and relax in any room in your home. Logitech is delighted to add Spotify to its family of online music services for the Squeezebox product line,” said Romain Du Gardier, senior product manager for Logitech EMEA. While the need for a premium subscription may put a lot of people off using this service, you will get CD-quality 320 kbps sound, offline and mobile access, as well as exclusive music content for your outlay.

A fully featured test version of the Spotify app for Squeezebox Touch and Squeezebox Radio owners is available today in Beta form here, prior to a full rollout expected in the near future. Spotify is currently available in Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden as well as the UK.

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Simon Fraser

January 11, 2011, 4:33 pm

No joy for my Slim Devices Squeezeboxes then - 'Classic' I think Logitech call them now. Good job there's a plugin that works, even if it is unofficial. It does make me start to wonder about the £120 p/a though. Wonder what happened to the Virgin/Spotify rumour - or did Pushlife happen instead?

Paul 7

January 11, 2011, 4:35 pm

When they release this for the WDTV (or even internet TV) I might just upgrade to a premium acct.

drittenorn

January 11, 2011, 4:54 pm

Working well for me on the Touch using the nightly Server build on OS X. At the Touch side I was prompted to reinstall the existing firmware once and after reboot the latest level of firmware. After than second reboot I could use the Spotify app to login. First impressions are that I'm not seeing some dropouts that I got with the (otherwise excellent) third party plugin.

Jones

January 11, 2011, 4:59 pm

Encouraging news! Is this likely to be compatable with the Duet once rolled out in full? I hope so! My duet has just been gathering dust since I ditched Napster in favour of Spotify a year ago. This would be a huge deal for me if it would get up and running along with iPeng asap. Well, it will be huge as long as I can remember how to set the thing up with out an official controller...

Graham C

January 11, 2011, 5:28 pm

@Jones - as I understand it from the logitech forums the official plug-in for Spotify will not work with anything other than the Touch and the Radio units as it requires transcoding in the device and the older Duet, Receiver, Boom, etc do not have enough grunt. However, the 3rd party plug-in mentioned above will work with these older machines. I think the restriction seems to be one from Spotify, reading between the lines, so there might be hope for the future if that changed...

Chris Beach

January 11, 2011, 5:57 pm

I though spotify was ogg, and the slimserver has handled ogg transcoding for ages!


Bit odd that the new hardware has transcoding capability, oh, its because they've got external storage input. Still odd that they aren't keeping it server centric.

Jones

January 11, 2011, 6:01 pm

@Graham C - Raging! I havent tried the third party option yet. It took me forever to get it to work with iPeng and my Netgear ReadyNas Duo and ever since a nasty power cut happened a few months back I havent got round to fixing the problem. Performance wasnt that great but would go through it all again to give Spotify a bash.

Epic

January 11, 2011, 7:07 pm

@cjb110 all Squeezebox devices have built-in native support for some formats like FLAC and MP3. The server only gets called upon to transcode when the selected output device doesn't support the requested format. Squeezebox2 onwards natively supports MP3, Windows Media, FLAC, WAV, AIFF and Ogg Vorbis. So I'm guessing Spotify don't use (regular) OGG.





Pity they are insisting on a Premium subscription - I shan't be signing up - that's too much cost for the small convenience of using Squeezebox over firing up the PC to play Spotify.

Hugo

January 11, 2011, 9:29 pm

Napster - £5/month


Spotify - £10/month





Nice to see it but come on guys, sort out the pricing.

Jones

January 11, 2011, 10:53 pm

@Hugo - not quite right with your pricing. Spotify can be had for £5 a month too and I think Im right in saying Napsters subscription jumps up if you want the Napster to Go service (assuming they still do that, they did 12 months or so ago).





For the mobile client I'd argue that Spotify is a complete bargain.

Jones

January 11, 2011, 10:55 pm

@Hugo - whoops! Apologies, just noticed they are insisting on a premium sub.

Jon Williamson

January 12, 2011, 2:27 pm

@Hugo


Napster 128Kbps streaming


Spotify 320Kbps





Worth it for me - ideally the plugin will support my older devices ...

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