Spotify has improved the way its users buy music online. Up until now, users have had to use the "Buy From" feature to download individual tracks from its digital download partner 7Digital.
This meant completing a number of steps before being directed to an external website. But now Spotify users can choose to buy from a library of 8 million tracks without having to leave Spotify.
Rather than having to right-click on a track/album to discover if the music is available to buy they can now see exactly what music is available, with 'buy' buttons now visible either underneath the album cover or next to a particular track.
In some ways this should be no surprise as over the past couple of years 7Digital has been establishing itself as a solid alternative to the likes of iTunes and Amazon, especially by offering tracks as MP3s without any DRM. It has also struck innovative deals with companies like Last FM, Spotify and Songbird.
RIM continues on its mission to get down and funky with the consumers by offering some music for people to listen to on their QWERTYful phones. The tunes come courtesy of UK company 7Digital and their catalogue of 6 million tracks which will be available from 79p each on over-the-air download straight to your mobile.
Albums will cost you £7.99 but the frightening words spoken are that “most” of the tracks will be DRM free. Most? Most? When did 7Digital get into the DRM game and why?
The access will be as a downloadable app from the BlackBerry App World after which you’ll be able to browse 7Dig’s library provided you live in the UK, US, Canada, France, Italy, Germany or Spain.
For a closer inspection of App World, take a look at our app store comparison
Digital music upstart-of-the-moment Spotify has added yet another revenue stream to its growing collection – users are now able to right-click tracks to buy them via 7Digital.
Currently, the click just takes you to the relevant 7Digital page for the album. In the future, however, the companies hope to allow one-click downloads in Spotify itself, as well as functionality to buy entire playlists.
This move should further silence the doubters who claim that Spotify has no business model. On the contrary, this is now a third solid way of monetising their business, after ads and premium subscriptions. I do doubt a little how much people will use the functionality, though.
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DRM-free music download service 7digital is experiencing something of a boom with their profits up 300% so far in 2008 – the lucky buggers.
Since signing their last major record label in the shape of Warner Music, back in March, they’ve become the UK’s second biggest online music store…