Spotify Announces iPhone, Android Music App
Music streaming service Spotify launches mobile applications for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch, as well as mobile phones powered by the Google Android platform. The service is not yet available in the U.S., though a company co-founder said he hopes that changes by the year's end.Digital music service Spotify launched its Spotify App for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch on the AppleApp Store, along with availability for Google's Android powered smartphones free from Android Market. The Spotify App is available to Spotify Premium subscribers in the U.K., Sweden, Spain, France, Norway and Finland, the company said. Features include access to Spotify's catalogue of songs, streaming and browsing capability and synchronized playlists.
In March 2009, the company passed one million users, now claims more than three million and the service boasts more than 6 million songs. Spotify also holds a strong grip through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, as well as the popular social music service Last.fm. The application also features Last.fm integration, which allows the current track to be scrobbled (when information is transferred to a database) without making use of the Last.fm software. In July, The Observer reported the service might be coming to America before the end of this year.
Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek told the paper the company was hiring staff and in search of stateside office space with a planned launch in the third or fourth quarter. Ek said the financial crisis and licensing issues were playing a hand in the decision to offer the service to a U.S. audience. "We still hope to do that, but given the recession and so on, it might take a little longer: It may be next year," Elk said. "Why would I go to the U.S. and try to get more extensive licences if I had trouble covering our costs in Europe?"