Spotify has announced the launch of Spotify Connect, a service that will enable you stream your music directly to compatible speakers.
Rather than push music from your mobile device to a set of speakers, Spotify Connect syncs up your music listening to the cloud, then enables you to play it directly to a Wi-Fi-connected set of speakers. All you phone does is act as the controller, which saves battery and allows you to get on with doing other things on your phone or tablet.
The system will allow you to access your account and cue up songs from multiple devices simultaneously, making it great for social occasions. Because of this cloud syncing, you’ll be able to switch from playing your music on your phone to your home system seamlessly, without stopping playback.
Spotify has added a new Spotify Connect button to the iPhone and iPad app during playback. Tap this and you’ll be presented with a list of compatible devices on the same Wi-Fi network.
You’ll need a premium Spotify account to use Spotify Connect, as well as an appropriate set of speakers. Spotify has announced partnerships with the likes of Argon, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel and Yamaha to add Spotify Connect compatibility to future speaker sets.
In addition, many existing connected speaker sets from these companies will be updated to add compatibility through a firmware update.
Spotify will be rolling out to iOS devices – as well as a bunch of those aforementioned speakers – over the coming months. More speaker manufacturers should follow, as will an updated Android app.
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Via: The Verge