Peer-to-peer music streaming service Spotify announced a new updated version of its iPhone application as the firm makes plans to launch operations in the U.S. during the third quarter.
Spotify is now Europe’s largest legal online music site with 7 million users, including 325,000 consumers paying close to $15 per month to access the service ad-free,
Senior vice president Paul Brown told Bloomberg the company is presently in negotiations with unnamed U.S. Internet and mobile providers: “We’re buying server space in random parts of the States and there are licensing discussions too,” he said. “But they are going fine because we’re in a long-term partnership with the labels and publishers.
Apple first approved the Spotify app for iPhone in mid-2009 – on its blog, Spotify notes the updated version includes Last.fm access, playback from Facebook apps, synchronization with iPod playlists and 96 kb/s streaming support for slow connections. Brown adds BlackBerry and Palm webOS apps are in the works.