first_imgFor quite some time, people have been saying that Spotify is an iTunes killer – and while that label remains hyperbolic, the shouts are echoing around the Web once again with Spotify’s announcement of iPod sync support and MP3 downloads.It’s a big step forward for the company, and certainly good news for Spotify users who don’t own an Android or iOS device that can use its apps to carry around offline playlists. MP3 downloads can be purchased in bundles with pricing as low as 50P (about 83 cents), though that rate only kicks in when a premium subscriber purchases 100 tracks. The official presser states “Buying the songs you want to hear has never been quicker, easier or more affordable.” That’s not quite true, what with the pricing Amazon announced recently which is, in fact, more affordable, but it’s still well below the dollar-per-track sweet spot for digital downloads.AdChoices广告New functionality is coming to Spotify’s 9 million non-premium users, too. You’re now free to use Spotify’s mobile apps, and the desktop program can now wirelessly sync playlists to your iPod touch, iPhone, or Android device.If you own an iPod Classic, Video, Nano, or Shuffle, Spotify can now manage its contents – just head to the devices section when you’ve got it plugged in. It’s not really fair to call this an iTunes killer without support for the iPhone and iPod touch – both of which are supported by another purported killer, DoubleTwist. Spotify also still isn’t available in a number of very large markets where iTunes dominates (like the U.S.), so the company still has some work to do before earning its License to Kill iTunes.More at Spotifylast_img read more