Kia Ora New Zealand. Spotify here.

Spotify, the leading digital music service, is available in New Zealand from today. We’re very happy to be here.

Spotify is a new way to listen to music, giving you instant, on-demand access to more than 16 million tracks on your computer, mobile phone, iPad and beyond, so you can enjoy music whenever and wherever you like.

Offering a truly free music service, Spotify is loved by more than 10 million people across the globe. No gimmicks, no trial period, no catches – just listen and love it, month after month.

Simply search for any artist, song or album and start playing. Create playlists, share music with friends and check out what others are listening to. Spotify’s seamless Facebook integration takes enjoying music with friends to a whole new level. Music has never been this social.

Want more? Spotify Apps offers a whole new world of music discovery and we’re extremely proud to announce the launch of the NZ Top 40 app in New Zealand. The app, which has been specially created for Spotify users, will showcase the weekly Official New Zealand music charts and keep users up to date with the latest music. Listen to full chart songs and albums and receive the chart automatically each week as a Spotify playlist.

Other great apps include TuneWiki, letting you sing along to your favourite lyrics; Rolling Stone Recommends, giving you the latest reviews; or find out which of your favourite bands are touring near you with Songkick Concerts.

“We’re unbelievably excited to be here,” says co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek. “We know how much Kiwis love their music and are sure they’ll love Spotify.”

He continues: “Spotify offers everything you could possibly want from a music service: it’s free, it’s fast, it’s easy to share and with more than 16 million songs we have one of the biggest on-demand music libraries in the world.”

He adds: “Music is inherently social. That’s why we built the best social features into Spotify for easy sharing and the ultimate in music discovery.”

Spotify offers three great services, from absolutely free to paid subscriptions:

Spotify Free – the unsurpassed, totally free music service. Enjoy free, on-demand, buffer-free access to more than 16 million songs on your computer. No gimmicks. Just listen and love it, month after month after month. Manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync them with your mobile or iPod. With occasional advertising. All Spotify users enjoy unlimited free, ad-supported music.

Spotify Unlimited – all the special features of our free service but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $7.49 a month.

Spotify Premium – the all-singing, all-dancing, top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your mobile phone, tablet and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $12.99 a month.

“Spotify is a game changer,” says Kate Vale, Spotify’s Managing Director Australia and New Zealand. “This is a revolutionary new music service that’s free, simple, and provides lightning-fast access to one of the world’s biggest music libraries. We hope New Zealand music fans will love Spotify as much as they do across Europe and the US.”

Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 by Ek and Martin Lorentzon, out of a desire to develop a better, more convenient and legal alternative to music piracy. Since then, Spotify has become the world’s largest and fastest growing music service of its kind.

Spotify launches with deals in place with all four major labels and a raft of independent labels.

Click here to listen to our Kia Ora New Zealand playlist

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For more information or to sign up for Spotify please go to www.spotify.com.

EDITORS’ NOTE: See below for quotes from labels, industry and artists.

About Spotify

Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to more than 16 million tracks. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.

Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has become the largest and most successful music service of its kind, with more than 10 million active users and more than three million paying subscribers. Spotify is now available in 15 countries around the world: Germany, US, UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. www.spotify.com

Quotes

LABELS

“I’ve had Spotify for weeks now and I love it. The sharing function with friends has huge potential and I’m discovering lots of new music. Also it’s cool to see what others are listening too and the amount of repertoire and speed of the service is deep and quick”
Noel Barkley – Sony Music NZ

INDUSTRY

“RIANZ is thrilled that customers can legally access music in such a fantastic new way – welcome to New Zealand Spotify!”
Chris Caddick – Managing Director, RIANZ

ARTISTS

“Spotify is finally coming to this part of the globe! You gotta join it – it’s SO good!”
Zowie

Further information

For more information, please contact:
Sam Pearson
Access PR
T: 0415 271 911/02 9292 7005
E: sam@accesspr.com.au

Andrea Kerekes
Access PR
T: 0418 427 412/02 9292 7002
E: andrea@accesspr.com.au

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Spotify
Twitter: @SpotifyNZ