Spotify launches offline mode for PCs
Music-streaming service Spotify is launching an offline mode for its PC software, allowing users to continue listening to playlists without an internet connection.
The feature replicates the functionality found in Spotify’s iPhone app, which stores music on the phone to allow playback when a 3G or Wi-Fi connection is out of reach.
However, the new feature will be limited to subscribers of Spotify’s £10-per-month premium service, providing another incentive for users to upgrade from the free service. The iPhone and Android app is also restricted to subscribers.
Technical details on how the offline mode will work are sketchy, but users won’t be able to copy or playback the downloaded music files on other devices. Users will be able to select individual playlists to make available when offline.
Earlier this week, Spotify introduced support for PayPal for users wishing to pay for premium accounts.