We’ve been promised it for a while, but Spotify has finally launched in Australia today. The basic ad-supported service is free, dropping ads will cost you $6.99 a month, and the full premium version is $11.99 a month.
Unlike its launch in other markets, Spotify isn’t relying on an invitations system, so you can sign up straight away. There are Windows and Mac clients, as well as mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Symbian.
The free version lets you assemble your own playlists and select any track you like in the desktop app. For $6.99 a month, you can get the Unlimited Version, which ditches ads. $11.99 gets the Premium release, which offers a higher bitrate (320Kbps), and the ability to sync Spotify tracks to your mobile device for offline listening. You can download the mobile apps with the free service, but all you can sync is music you already own.
I’ve been playing with Spotify for a while, and though it works well enough, I can’t see it becoming my main way of accessing music. If you give it a try, tell us your thoughts in the comments.