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You'll be able to stream Spotify via your Sky Q box from next week

Thursday, April 19th 2018 by Steve McCaskill

Sky has confirmed Spotify subscribers will be able to listen to their music directly from their Sky Q box from next week.

The company revealed that several new features, including support for Netflix and Spotify, would be arriving this year but until now had not disclosed any release dates. While the addition of Netflix remains a mystery, Spotify support is close.

Spotify has a catalogue of millions of songs, which users can add to their library or to a playlist. It automatically recommends music based on your taste while there are countless playlists compiled by its users.

There are two services to choose from. The free service lets you listen to tracks on your PC, smartphone, tablet or device of your choice with adverts inserted in between songs.

The premium service removes the adverts and also lets you download music to your phone or tablet, meaning you don’t need a mobile connection to listen – saving your data allowance and your battery and also letting you listen on the Tube.

Spotify Premium costs £9.99 a month, while a family subscription is £14.99 a month and if you’re on the fence then there’s a free 30-day trial. Vodafone also offers a 24-month subscription to Spotify Premium if you take out a Red Entertainment mobile contract with the operator.

Record six shows and watch a seventh

Sky Q is the broadcaster’s most advanced television platform. Viewers can record up to six shows while watching a seventh if they have the 2TB edition of the Sky Q box, which can store up to 1,000 hours of HD.

The cheapest deal for Sky Q costs £20 a month with the entertainment pack and Multiscreen is an additional £12. This allows you to watch live TV and recordings on a compatible smartphone or tablet, while one complimentary Sky Q Mini box lets you watch programmes on another television in another room.

As many as four Sky Q Mini boxes can be connected to a single Sky Q box, although this will incur additional costs, and they even act as wi-fi signal boosters for Sky broadband customers.

If you want your music on Spotify to sound even better, then you can get a subsidised Sky Soundbox to go with your Sky Q. It costs £799 without a Sky subscription, with a £500 discount making it just £299 for Sky customers. The additional £50 reduction for Sky Q Multiscreen customers makes it a wallet-friendly £249.

But the relatively cheap price tag betrays the Soundbox’s audio credentials. Sky partnered with audio firm Devialet for the device, which combines the latest speaker technology with smart software that optimises sound for viewers.

The Soundbox promises “home cinema quality” from a single speaker, offering powerful bass and dynamic volume without the need for an external subwoofer. On top of this, Sky’s software automatically manages volumes and speakers for the best possible audio.

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