LG adds Spotify to smart TV platform

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LG is adding music streaming service Spotify to its range of smart TVs. The app will give owners of all 2013 model LG smart TVs access to more than 20 million songs. But they will need to have a Spotify Premium account, which costs £9.99 a month.

Those who are new to Spotify can sign up for a one-month free trial. The app also makes it easy to share favourite tunes and playlists via Facebook and Twitter.

"Spotify is a welcome addition to the growing selection of premium content accessible on our smart TVs," says Richard Choi, senior vice president of the Smart Business Centre at LG.

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Spotify will be available on LG smart TVs from mid-December in 30 markets including the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Nordics, Benelux and Mexico.

Other services on LG's smart TV platform include BBC iPlayer, Netflix, LoveFilm and Blinkbox.

Last week Spotify launched a free, ad-supported Spotify Mobile app for Android and iOS tablet users, as well as Spotify Shuffle, a free music streaming service for smartphones.

However, a Spotify spokesman confirmed to whathifi.com that users wishing to use Spotify on products such as Sonos, Samsung TVs, the Now TV Box and compatible AV receivers, will still need to subscribe to the Premium service.

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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.