Posts Tagged ‘Spotify’
A few weeks ago Spotify took the US by storm, sending out invites and getting thousands of people to try the service that has swept Europe. After a few minutes of using it, the hype is understandable. It not only has an enormous library of music, but it also allows you to share playlists with friends via Facebook, as well as send URLs of specific songs. Sure, the ads are far more obnoxious than Pandora’s, but it’s a small price to pay for free streaming music. In fact, it’s great to get going during a party or other social gathering. But what if you want to change it up? With your Android, you can do it from wherever you are. The Spotimote app is absolutely essential.
If there’s one flaw in the app, it’s that you cannot access your playlists unless you’re a premium user. That’s unfortunate, because Spotify gets much of its power from playlists. But it’s not as though this is a bug. Spotify has guarded many features as premium, and they’re in their rights to hold those back from free users. That does make a premium account that much more attractive. But don’t worry, you can still control music in many ways with Spotimote.
Yes, Spotify has the right idea. Sound the horns! Their acclaimed music streaming service is coming to the US. For those unfamiliar, Spotify is a free streaming music service that lets non-US internet users browse and listen to its 13 million track collection. That matches many of the paid streaming music services in the US. Think of it as Grooveshark, except more functional and, gasp, legal. They have licenses for the music, and pay for these licenses by 1) taking in premium subscribers, and 2) playing ads up to 30 seconds long for non-subscribers. They also offer digital downloads in Europe, so we might look forward to that feature, too. Anyway, head over to Spotify’s website and sign up for an invite. This could be pretty big for Android music lovers.
Why start your own music service when you can partner with an existing one? It appears that Google might have asked itself this question. Last week we heard that Google’s talks with music labels were slowing, perhaps to a halt. Apparently they keep wanting more, and the idea of adding a subscription service to its already planned storefront and music locker is causing some issues. While I still think a deal will get done, Google has to explore other options in case one does not. One possibility, as Greg Sandoval of CNET reports, is a partnership with Spotify. That could certainly make things intersting.
For those unfamiliar, Spotify is a service that provides unlimited streaming music. It is similar in many ways to Grooveshark, except that the music is licensed. Well, that, and it is only available in some European countries. The company has stated its desire to enter the US market, though. What better vehicle to bring them there than Google and Android? Spotify, of course, denies this, but that’s to be expected. When you talk to official spokespeople you rarely get answers. Considering both Google’s and Spotify’s current positions, it’s not difficult to imagine that they’ve spoken, at least casually, about a partnership.