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Spotify sambas into Brazil

The popular streaming music service is now available in Brazil, upping Spotify's global presence to 57 markets worldwide.


Spotify, the popular streaming music service, today announced that it's now available in Brazil, launching in the South American country with a full-licensed catalog, including thousands of Brazilian artists.

In a blog entry, Spotify said that with the Brazil launch the service is now available in 57 markets worldwide. As a promotion, Spotify offered to send users a Brazilian song -- or share one with contacts across the social-media platform.

The Brazil launch comes a few days after the service announced that it has 40 million active users, of which about 10 million are paid subscribers.

The last time Spotify revealed the number of users worldwide was in March 2013, when it announced that 6 million users opted for a paid subscription.

The growth was due in part to the company's overhaul of its mobile apps at the end of 2013, allowing listeners to stream music on Android and iOS for free. At the time, Spotify said mobile app downloads had increased by four times in the week since launch.

This story originally appeared on CNET en Español.