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Bang & Olufsen brings Spotify integration to the BeoSound 5

We're in Struer, Denmark, visiting Bang & Olufsen's HQ and have been given a tour of the company's impressive museum and a demo of its showroom, where (among other things) we saw the BeoSound 5 music system – now with Spotify integration.

A free online software update allows existing BeoSound 5 owners to add Spotify, and all new BeoSound 5 units are now fitted with it as standard. The update brings streaming of 20 million songs and 14,000 internet radio stations from Spotify Premium to the system, without having to use an external device such as a smartphone or tablet.

"Bang & Olufsen owners told us they wanted Spotify and we listened," says B&O's category manager Theis Moerk. "The partnership with Spotify is an important step in keeping B&O owners up to date with the growing availability of digital entertainment."

BeoSound 5 connects to a variety of sources including NAS drives, DLNA, AirPlay and A2DP Bluetooth devices, as well as supporting playback of WMA and FLAC lossless files.

Bang & Olufsen has also recently announced its expansion into the headphone market with the launch of the BeoPlay H6 and H3 headphones – we'll be testing the latter shortly.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.