Stoobalou writes with this excerpt from thinq.co.uk: “Spotify has made a surprise announcement, and while it’s still not the long-awaited US launch, it will be making a splash over the pond: the streaming music service is morphing into an iTunes competitor. In what is a clear attempt at rattling Apple’s cage, Spotify has unveiled a pair of major new features: the ability to synchronise Spotify playlists with iPods, and the option to buy MP3 files to own — both key features of the iTunes platform. Any playlist created via the Spotify player can be downloaded in a single step, making ‘digital mix-tape’ creation significantly simpler.”

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