U.K. download store 7digital.com has signed a deal with Sweden-based streaming service Spotify that will allow users across Europe to purchase MP3 downloads directly through the Spotify application.

Effective immediately, links to 7digital.com's digital music store will be integrated within all international versions of the Spotify application beginning with the U.K., France, Spain and Germany. The service will then be rolled out to Sweden, Norway and Finland in a few weeks' time, according to a joint statement from 7digital and Spotify.

The partnership will allow users to purchase MP3 downloads from the six million strong catalog of tracks currently available through 7digital.com. Users can purchase MP3 tracks and albums by right clicking on streamed tracks and selecting the 'Buy From 7digital.com' option. Purchased music can then be transferred from a PC to an MP3 player or mobile devices.

Future plans for the joint partnership include enabling users to purchase playlists that have been created within Spotify through 7digital.com, as well as closer integration between the two services, including the addition of 'one click' downloads.

The integration with Spotify follows a similar partnership with open source media player Songbird (Billboard.biz, Mar.18) and has been achieved through use of 7digital's application programming interface (API) which allows partners to integrate with 7digital.com's catalog and technology and earn commission on tracks sold.

Ben Drury, CEO 7digital, said in a statement: "The collaboration with Spotify is exactly what we were aiming to achieve when we opened our API to outside developers. This is the first stage of a partnership that will create a more integrated download experience for 7digital and Spotify customers. We're already looking to build on the existing integration and, ultimately, allow users to listen and buy MP3s securely with one or two clicks."

Spotify CEO and founder Daniel Ek added: "Our users can now take their digital music with them wherever they go. We're committed to developing the world's largest streaming music catalog."

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