Spotify to get downloads via 7Digital

Spotify is now best mates with 7Digital.
Spotify is now best mates with 7Digital.

Music listening service Spotify has been generating a lot of headlines recently, with its 'listen to all the streamed music you want' policy being hailed as the future of the industry in some quarters.

However, a new tie-up with 7Digital is set to take Spotify down a well-worn digital route: users in the UK, France, Spain and Germany will soon be able to buy and download music on a track-by-track or full album basis.

The plan is to let users purchase 320kbps MP3s with just a couple of clicks, and there's also the possibility that some songs will be available in the higher-quality FLAC format.

The option to buy a whole playlist of music is also in the pipeline.

It's being speculated that the combination of Spotify and 7Digital, which will enable you to listen to full-length songs and then buy them, might just pose a genuine threat to Apple's iTunes Music Store, which only offers 30-second preview clips.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.