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Spotify Opens API to Bring Service to Consoles, Mobiles & TV

Gordon Kelly


Spotify Opens API to Bring Service to Consoles, Mobiles & TV

Now here's an exciting development that's likely to open a whole can of worms...

Innovative free streaming service Spotify has announced it will be opening its API and launching a toolkit which will enable third parties to port the service to different mediums including mobile phones, games consoles, digiboxes and even directly into TVs.

"This is the first step towards becoming more of a platform," said Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek in an interview with The Guardian. "There are lots of services that have APIs, but this is different because it lets anyone build a Spotify client. If somebody wants to build it into media centre PCs, or if a company wants to integrate Spotify into TV screens, they can… several companies are working on stuff right now - we can't announce anything at the moment, but it's very interesting."

Despite this secrecy, Ek did name Logitech, Sonos, Xbox and the PlayStation 3 in what could be a mouth watering proposition.

"There are lots of areas where we don't have the resources to develop ourselves," said Ek, explaining the company's decision. "This takes a lot of workload off our backs, and we don't know every way that people want to use the service."

Ek is right, but frustratingly perhaps the area where Spotify could have the biggest impact: mobile phones is where it will likely face most resistance. Obvious targets like the iPhone or the N Series will undercut Apple's iTunes service and Nokia's Ovi platform and that doesn't even take into account the damage it could do to network's own online music stores.

That said, opening the API will enable Spotify to allow other manufacturers to fight this battle for them and, besides, what the public want the public tends to get... eventually.


via The Guardian


April 6, 2009, 8:52 pm

I don't think it'll cause the telcos that much problem; firstly because it'll pursuade more people to get data tariffs, giving the telcos money, secondly the service is stream only, so if people want a permenant download they'd still have to buy from the store anyway (excluding the bollocks Comes With (leaves without) Music). I want this to come to Windows Mobile!


April 6, 2009, 9:01 pm

this seems to good to be true. will the consumer actually come first for once? having spotify clients on such a diverse set of kit would definitely be something worth paying a sub for. the only limiting factor right now is the need to have my laptop to use the service but with that gone i'd be totally sold.

Tarik Bos

April 6, 2009, 9:17 pm

great so now they can focus on getting spotify up and running in the rest of europe!

i'm getting pretty tired of trying to find a swedish proxy server every 2 weeks to keep spotify running over here in the netherlands...


April 7, 2009, 3:20 pm

They had no choice - the open-source despotify has been around for a while, and it's not particularly difficult to port to other platforms (including WM). The sensible thing for Spotify to do therefore is keep hold of the API, enforce the subscription model, and everyone important wins.


April 7, 2009, 7:59 pm

@chaosdefinesorder - but why would still want to download. Personally I only listen to music through external speakers attached to my laptop, or on my phone when i'm on the move. Once Spotify establishes its presence in both these areas, why download? :-)

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