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Spotify Launches on Symbian

Gordon Kelly


Spotify Launches on Symbian

We knew it was coming, just not this quickly...

First revealed back in September, Spotify for Symbian has now been launched bringing the streaming music software to its largest audience to date. Most notably this group includes Nokia - which has roughly 40 per cent of the mobile phone market (even if that is falling) - but also some Sony Ericsson and Samsung handsets such as the S60 based Satio and i8910.

For a first version, Spotify for Symbian is surprisingly fully featured offering all key functionality such as:

  • Listen to millions of tracks with Spotify's constantly updated catalogue

  • Continue to run Spotify in the background while texting, making calls, web browsing etc

  • Playlists can be downloaded and played in offline mode when you have no connection, are on a plane or underground, or abroad

  • Search and stream music instantly. Browse by artist, title or album

  • Create and synchronise playlists. Updates from the desktop application will be synced instantly and vice versa

  • Listen to tracks and albums in their entirety. Rewind, fast-forward, pause, skip and shuffle
"The launch of Spotify's Symbian app opens up our mobile music service to potentially millions more music fans across Europe," said Spotify director of portable solutions Gustav Söderström. "Many mid to high-end Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung phone owners might be surprised to realise they can run Spotify on their phones. This takes our mobile music offering to a totally new level."

As with Spotify for Android and Spotify for iPhone, the Symbian edition is available to Spotify Premium subscribers in the UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The need for a premium subscription has been controversial, though this does also bring higher sound quality, an offline computer mode, travel access and no ads. Besides, a company has to make a living somehow...


Spotify for Symbian phones Information Page


November 23, 2009, 6:36 pm

Nokia's 'Comes with music' sulks off in to a quiet corner of the playground...


November 23, 2009, 6:45 pm

Can we have Spotify for Blackberry now please?


November 23, 2009, 6:56 pm

"Continue to run Spotify in the background while texting, making calls, web browsing etc"

That is actually a basic feature that applies to all applications on Symbian OS - it is built for multi-tasking.

Not a subscriber however so won't be able to take advantage of it :(


November 23, 2009, 7:57 pm

Yes, give Blackberry and I might subscribe! Currently a spotify free user, although ive just started a napster subscription as well and am midly impressed.


November 23, 2009, 10:08 pm

Will it run in the background on Symbian whilst you use other functions?


November 23, 2009, 10:18 pm


No! Us Windows Mobile users have been asking for much longer! We're next!

(Uh... I hope... I mean, we had BETTER be!)


November 24, 2009, 6:04 pm

Try Last.fm via Mobbler on your S60 - it's free and works a treat with 3.


November 25, 2009, 12:55 am

Good news, although I cannot benefit since I can't use it without subscription as I do on the PC. However I'm still curious about how well it works in practice - I can see it working when connected to a local wifi network, but does it really work with mobile internet? I am on Orange and it takes an age to load all but the most basic of webpages on my smartphone (it was the same with my last phone on 3) so I can't see it handling good-quality MP3 streaming. Am I wrong?


November 25, 2009, 3:11 am

...and o2's network goes down...again...


November 25, 2009, 6:28 pm


Of course. Symbian OS has always been multi-tasking enabled since forever.


November 25, 2009, 7:03 pm

Spotify runs fine in the background. I wasn't doing a terrible lot, but had Gravity (Twitter) open and received a couple of messages.

@MrGodfrey: I understand your reservations since Orb didn't work too well when I tried it, but I was running Spotify yesterday at home for about 3 songs and it seemed fine. Takes a little longer to sign in over 3G, but afterwards it was only marginally slower. And my signal at home is weaker than the office. Although I can't check it at the office just now as I didn't bring headphones. Will try later.

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