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Spotify iPhone App Video Unveiled

Gordon Kelly

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Ever since Spotify turned our musical world upside down last month we've had one silly, unrealistic dream... and now it has been manifested.

The first mobile app version of Spotify has today been unveiled on video running on the iPhone while Android and S60 editions are said to be in the works.

As the demo shows, the full functionality of Spotify is in there and while it is unknown (and highly unlikely) whether Apple will let it operate over 3G - where the company's remarkable streaming technology would really come into its own - it is said to pre-cache tracks over WiFi.

Of course perhaps the bigger question in all this is whether Apple will allow the Spotify application at all. It has become more lenient in recent months allowing alternative mail and browser apps but allowing something which could heavily curtail iTunes purchases is another thing altogether. In fact, in this regard a Spotify mobile app could even test the liberal attitude of Android given the knock on for the integrated Amazon MP3 store, let alone networks themselves concerned at the drop off in sales from their own music portals.

One aspect which could prove crucial however is talk that only Spotify subscribers will be able to use the mobile app. This comes because of apparent difficulties in reliably delivering streaming mobile ads but if a proportion of the monthly fee could be agreed with the likes of Amazon and iTunes then loggerheads could be avoided.

After all, unlimited on-demand streaming content (both audio and video) is the future and in the long term even companies the size of Apple, Amazon, Google and Nokia won't be able to stop it...

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YouTube Video via Tech Digest

stephenallred

February 23, 2009, 10:09 pm

The Last.fm app made it, so I'm hopeful for Spotify.

lifethroughalens

February 23, 2009, 10:22 pm

And now I understand why Apple wants to outlaw jail-breaking the iPhone!

Keldon

February 23, 2009, 10:49 pm

The best reason to buy an Iphone EVER! :)





Now I just need it to run on my N96 and they can have &#16310 a month from me :)

rav

February 23, 2009, 11:14 pm

I get that the Jesus phone is just "the" phone to have but why would they not release this for Windows Mobile? There are way more WinMo users out there than iPhone and Android owners combined.





Same goes for a native facebook app!!

Ash

February 23, 2009, 11:24 pm

This is the new "killer" app! Love it!

alchobot

February 24, 2009, 1:06 am

this good news, just need it for blackberry as i'm on an unlimited data package - for PSP would be nice as well for wi fi zones. also, c'mon you floyds, zeps, metals etc sign up !!!!!!! i'm willing to subscribe, it's that good instead of stealing from you !!!!!!

stephenallred

February 24, 2009, 4:02 am

@ravmania


Think about the target audience of Spotify. I would suggest a far greater number of Spotify users own iPhones than a Windows Mobile phone.

Andrew Marshall

February 24, 2009, 2:20 pm

If Apple were to take any measures to prevent the release of such an app, they would be just as guilty as MS of anticompetitive behaviour with regards to Windows and IE.

TheFlyingGerbil

February 26, 2009, 2:22 am

@Andrew Marshall. Apple are already way more anti-competitive than than MS - to be honest I don't know how they slip under the radar in that respect.

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