Spotify has announced huge changes that will see the popular music streaming service go head-to-head with Apple's iTunes.

For the first time ever you can click to buy whole playlists which you can then take with you on your iPod classic, nano or shuffle - without the need to put the MP3 files into your iTunes library.

And that's because Spotify has added iPod syncing to its armoury - a move that isn't entirely original for third party software (Pocket-lint has been using MediaMonkey for a few years now) - but is big news as Spotify and iTunes are seemingly now in direct competition. Perhaps even more so soon, when Apple launches its cloud-based platforms.

Spotify has also announced that the Android and iOS apps are available for users of the free service aswell. That doesn't mean you'll be able to stream on the go like Premium users, but you will be able to wirelessly sync your MP3 playlists in Spotify from your computer to your phone.

Daniel Ek, CEO & Founder of Spotify, said: "From today, Spotify really is the only music player you'll ever need. Our users don't want to have to switch between music players, but they do want to take their playlists with them wherever they go, on a wider range of devices, more simply and at a price they can afford. Now we've made that possible on one of the world's most popular consumer devices."

Gustav Söderström, chief product officer at Spotify, added: "Accessing music on your mobile phone is the future, but today that makes up a pretty small percentage of music fans. We want to open up the Spotify experience to as many people as possible, and in a way where they can get exactly the music they want at a great price. Check it out - we really hope you like it."

The new version of Spotify is available to download now.