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Apple Approves Spotify iPhone App

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Apple Approves Spotify iPhone App

Now here's a turn up for the books...

The Spotify iPhone app has been approved by Apple, yes the iTunes-challenging-functionality-betteringduplicating Spotify app is all systems go! The app has yet to appear in the App Store as of midnight 28 August, but speaking to paidContent.co.uk a Cupertino spokesperson confirmed:

"The current status as of right now is it's been approved and we hope to add the app to the more than 65,000 apps on the app store very soon. We've been in constant communication working with the developer and have already notified Spotify that the app will be in the app store very soon."

"We're not surprised, but we're thrilled," founder Daniel Ek explained to BBC News. "We had a great dialogue with Apple from day one. We're scaling up the systems because response has been tremendous even before the app is available."

The Spotify app itself will be free, but only Spotify premium subscribers will be able to log-in. A premium subscription currently stands at £9.99 per month. The app itself will stream over both 3G and WiFi and playlists can be downloaded so they may be played back in areas of poor or no signal. Unlike a number of streaming music apps (including Pandora) which are only available in the US, Spotify will initially only be available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Spain and the UK for now. Turn those tables!

So keep your eyes peeled.

Update: Yes, it's still not in the App Store yet, but to quote the Spotify official blog: "We're now thrilled to let you know that the lovely people at Apple have given our mobile app a big thumbs up, meaning that our Premium subscribers in the UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Norway and Finland will be able to download Spotify for free from the App Store soon... we'll be sure to let you know here on the blog as soon as it's in the App Store."

In related news Universal Music Sweden has confirmed Spotify makes it more money than iTunes. "In five months from the launch, Spotify became our largest digital source of income and so passed by iTunes", said Universal Music MD Per Sundin. "It's a fantastic development, explained by the fact that Spotify really has exploded."

Apple, are you sure you wanted to approve that app...?

In barely related iPhone app news the long awaited major Facebook update has also finally been approved. The UI has had a complete makeover and there are too many additions to the functionality to mention. Suffice to say, if you use Facebook just go get it...


via PaidContent

Universal comment via Pocket Lint

Daniel Ek via BBC

Spotify Blog


August 28, 2009, 4:30 am

This is not exactly approval. This will only work for premium subscribers to spotify for £10 a month. The whole point many people use Spotify because it offers free music streaming, better than a radio station. I would rather pay £10 a month for "eat as much as you like" music stores. Download to your hearts content.

£120 a year is not cheap just for streaming...


August 28, 2009, 5:28 am

Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end of Apple's tyranical dictatorship over app store submits!


August 28, 2009, 9:44 am

Just checked it again, and no, telling Spotify Radio to play Pop music from the 00's still plays 95% oldies, and most of the other 5% isn't what I would call Pop music.

I don't find Spotify to be very worthwhile for free, let alone paying for it for my iPhone where thanks to O2's crappy network I spend most of my time with a GPRS connection, if that, and Spotify will be unuseable.


August 28, 2009, 1:17 pm

after Sep conference, apple will pull Sotify coz they will introduce streaming service etc...

thats the Apple way to go...


August 28, 2009, 5:26 pm

@AlmostDone: Taking your music with you offers a clear advantage over having to be next to a computer all the time to listen to music. I'm not yet sure whether it's worth £10 since I'm not as much of an audiophile as some, but I definitely don't think everything should be "free" (not in our lifetime anyway).

@interpleb said: "I don't find Spotify to be very worthwhile for free" :-|...

@the spokesperson in the article: stop sticking the f**king line "65,000 apps" into every f**king sentence and ad before I rip your f**king face off.

@Spotify: where's my S60 Spotify app? :(

P.S. Sorry, I get a bit intense sometimes...


August 28, 2009, 6:11 pm

@but only Spotify premium subscribers will be able to log-in.

I wonder how this apply's to Day Pass users, I'm not such a big fan of music that I could stomach paying £10 per month, but every now and again £1 for a day pass would work well. Very handy for say party's were I could put my Iphone into my B&W speaker dock.


August 29, 2009, 1:43 am


You don't have to be next to your computer all the time to listen to your music. There are plenty pay monthly subscriptions that allow you to DL music without any DRM. You can put this is onto any of your protable media devices. I agree music shouldn't all be free but as I say the alternative is much more attractive. Apple is the new evil of greed.


August 29, 2009, 2:09 am

been using spotify for a while now and like it but seriosuly you'd think sliced bread had been reinvented.

not too bothered about the spotify app. just wish facebook would hurry up with the android app. i mean, even WM's got an official app.


August 29, 2009, 3:18 am

To be honest, I still think the free version of Spotify is fantastic and that the paid version just wont have the legs people are expecting it to have.

However, I can't help but think that this is the future for film. If a massive back catalogue of films & video were available to stream or temporarily download; art house, classics, educational etc. through to Hollywood junk - then THIS would be worth a subscription and get my attention. 'Premium' members would have access to more current & brand new releases.


August 29, 2009, 6:35 am

@AlmostDone: sorry, was speaking strictly "free" and "tied to PC" Spotify-wise. You are of course correct in regards DRM-less music purchases. That's mainly how I get my music these days as I'm not a big music collector/listener. I still think £9.99 is a little pricey in any case, but I can see myself giving it a go for one month just to see how well it performs.

@lifethroughalens: problem with movies is, there'll be a whole raft of companies stepping forward to DRM them up.


August 31, 2009, 12:36 am

Can apps be approved but only for certain regions?

It'll be interesting to see whether it'll be approved for the US market when Spotify rolls out across the pond and (if) it becomes a huge success - potentially eating into Apple's iTunes revenue and hogging AT&T's bandwidth.


August 31, 2009, 6:01 am

@CaptNemo - yep, approval can be made country by country. The Pandora streaming music app, for example, is available in the US but not the UK.

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