Spotify goes social with huge new update

Spotify have announced a huge update to their music streaming application.

Dubbed the "next generation", Spotify's new update includes the ability to share music with Facebook friends and to sync local music librarys with Spotify. Spotify have also introduced a feed so you can see what music your friends are playing or recommending.

Spotify is a multi-platform application which provides access to a free and legal barrage of online music. It's a streaming music player which has a similar feel to iTunes. Through it a user can get links to a large number of albums and tracks. Spotify use a peer-to-peer network along with streaming servers to provide their music.

Spotify is available for Mac users with OS X 10.4 or later, Windows XP users or later and it can also be run using the application Wine if you have a Linux based system such as Ubuntu.

The advertising funded version of the software is completely free of charge and can easily be signed up for by UK users. Spotify ask that the rest of the world wait for an invite to register, you can visit their invitation page should you wish to join the waiting list. Advert free versions of the software are also available: £0.99 for a 24 hour ad-free pass or £9.99 as a monthly subscription should you wish to get going straight away. Adverts come along roughly every half an hour and last for around thirty seconds. Spotify consider this to be considerably less than the amount you would hear on normal radio.

Spotify is only available for selected countries in Europe at the moment but is expected to launch in the U.S. later this year. For more information on the new features check out the video below.

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