Spotify music streaming service available in Singapore as early as week of April 15

The wildly popular Spotify music service will begin streaming in Singapore. The Straits Times understands it could become available as early as the week of April 15.

Spotify, which started in Sweden in 2008, lets users choose from millions of songs over the Internet for free or by subscription.

The basic free service gives users unlimited access to all songs but users have to listen to advertisements. Also, the songs can only be played on the computer.

The paid service - which will cost $9.90 per month - provides unlimited music streaming without advertisements. Paying customers also get to download their favourite albums and playlists to their computers and mobile phones so that the music keeps on flowing even when users are not connected to the Internet.

Spotify is not the first digital music service to set up shop here. Last June, Apple opened its iTunes music store here, followed by France's Deezer two months later.

iTunes is the world's most successful a la carte music download store. Unlike iTunes, Spotify and Deezer provide a subscription buffet-style service.

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