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Free music streaming website Spotify has announced plans that could see software developed to enable users to access the site via mobile broadband connections.

Co-founder Daniel Elk confirmed that the company will make its application programme interface (API) available for third-party developers to use.

It is hoped that software firms will then use this technology to develop programs and applications to allow consumers to listen to the service on games consoles, mobile phones and other wireless devices.

"This is the first step towards becoming more of a platform," Mr Elk said. "There are lots of services that have APIs, but this is different because it lets anyone build a Spotify client."

Ben Camm-Jones, news editor at Web User magazine, explained that Spotify is keen to make the system work with all types of hardware and suggested that the site's recent venture with paid download service 7digital will help to finance new developments.

So far over a million internet users have signed up to Spotify with thousands more registering for the service each day.

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