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
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...