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Spotify Deals In 7Digital to Add MP3 & FLAC Downloads

Gordon Kelly


Spotify Deals In 7Digital to Add MP3 & FLAC Downloads

While the business model from Spotify (instantaneous free streaming music in exchange for the occasional short ad) is a truly compelling one for end users adding further - and more concrete - revenue streams is a rather good idea...

Consequently, the progressive company has today sensibly inked a deal to expand its fledgling download to own service. A deal with DRM-free online music store 7Digital will see a 'Buy From > 7Digital' option added to the right click menu inside Spotify and will cover a six million strong catalogue of tracks.

Perhaps most encouragingly however is that 7Digital sells its vast majority of content at high 320kbps bitrates while a selection of FLAC downloads will also be available through the partnership.

"Spotify is a great way to listen to and discover music and, through integration with 7digital.com, our users can now take their digital music with them wherever they go," said Spotify joint CEO Daniel Ek. "We're committed to developing the world's largest streaming music catalogue and 7digital.com's huge catalogue of high quality MP3 downloads makes them an ideal partner for us."

The move mirrors a similar deal 7Digital made last week when it partnered with Mozilla's open source media player Songbird, so it is clearly gang-up-and-battle-for-your-life-time against industry heavyweights iTunes and Amazon MP3.

The business proposition is a good one however and until either of these two monsters decide to dip their toes into this free streaming approach the 7Digital/Spotify link up should offer an unmatched try-before-you-buy system.

The new download option will be imminently available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain with Sweden, Norway and Finland following in a few weeks' time.





March 30, 2009, 8:44 pm

The addition of FLAC is brilliant! Now all they need to do is make everything available on FLAC (although I dread to think how much server space that would need!) and also bundle in either .jpg or .pdf files containing the album artwork and you really do have a proper alternative to CDs


March 30, 2009, 9:19 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder - true, though art work is usually embedded directly into the file. If you want separate images I suggest Google Image search ;)


March 30, 2009, 9:52 pm

Now all they have to do is make it available over here in the Netherlands. I'm eager to know what Spotify is all about, but their service is sadly not yet available over here.


March 30, 2009, 9:56 pm

i think i've just died and gone to heaven... flac downloads... downloading spotify right now


March 30, 2009, 10:01 pm

@ Helmore, I feel your pain! And all of these Spotify stories are getting to me! :(


March 30, 2009, 10:13 pm

@Ohmz @Helmore - Tough! It's the most exciting software on the market right now ;)

Most exciting hardware? I'd say SSDs.


March 30, 2009, 10:25 pm

@Gordon - I don't mean that album art, I mean the rest of the booklet that would have come with the CD! MediaMonkey works great for finding missing album pics and embedding them!


March 30, 2009, 10:37 pm

@ChaosDefinesOrder - ah, fair play. So does Tag&Rename ;)


March 31, 2009, 12:08 am

I totally called this. I thought the BBC might do it for their radio stations, in fact it seemed stupid of them not to really.


March 31, 2009, 2:57 am


LOL careful Mystic Meg may issue a writ on you, me pay for BBC content? NEVER!!! That would be really dumb.


March 31, 2009, 3:38 am

spotify has definately done thier research, good on them. respect to a company who are pushing the right way to do business, just wish those coporate aresholes would allow the cash cows to be on spotify. it's better to get some money than no money, it's only a matter of time for me to subscribe to this service just because they are doing it right. good on you spotify !!


March 31, 2009, 4:00 am

@ alchobot - I agree, I don't mind paying for something if I believe it is well executed and in the best interests of the industry, in the same way that I don't mind paying more for a game on Steam as they offer an excellent service. The only thing stopping me from paying for it is still the disappointing amount of music that is missing from their catalogue


March 31, 2009, 4:05 am

I think a certain fruit stall in Cupertino might be leaking a little apple juice, don't you? By the way, did anything official come of that Spotify iPhone app?


March 31, 2009, 8:38 am

@GoldenGuy - absolutely nothing to do with Apple, I assure you ;)

Also nope, we'd be first to tell you if it had. I doubt Apple will let it through - it would cut into iTunes sales.


March 31, 2009, 3:04 pm


Well I'm saying they're worried. I mean they SHOULD be worried, no? The iTunes music arm is gonna start to pale in comparison with this kind of service - admittedly they still to rule the roost with video.


March 31, 2009, 6:08 pm

what we need now is more hardware flac support, from a certain fruity music player!

I've recently had to decide to rip all mine to high bitrate vbr mp3's, purely because I can't justify the space or the management of dual format files!

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