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Music service Spotify launches in Switzerland

Meritxell Mir · 16 Nov 2011, 12:19

Published: 16 Nov 2011 15:01 GMT+01:00
Updated: 16 Nov 2011 12:19 GMT+01:00

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Popular music streaming service Spotify launched in Switzerland on Wednesday, offering users access to a catalogue of some 15 million songs.

Though long anticipated by music fans, it has taken more than three years for the Swiss to be able to make use of the music streaming service. Founded in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has more than 10 million registered users worldwide.

From Wednesday, Swiss users will be able to listen to a wide selection of free music that includes international artists, as well as local favourites such as Adrian Stern, Admiral James T. and Sophie Hunger.

As in other European countries where it operates, Spotify offers Free, Unlimited and Premium plans. The latter two will cost users 6.45 francs ($7) and 12.95 francs ($14) per month respectively. The free service is supported by advertising.

Spotify is now available in 12 countries: 11 in Europe plus the United States. Belgium and Austria are the other new arrivals this week alongside Switzerland.

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The music streaming service, now headquartered in the United Kingdom, is the second largest digital music provider in Europe and the fastest growing music service of its kind, the company says.

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