Spotify wants to offer free iPhone app, if Apple lets them

“If Spotify has its way, iPhone owners will no longer be slaves to iTunes, song-by-song payments or finite disk capacity,” Adam Taylor reports for TIME Magazine.

“Last week the Swedish company behind Spotify’s streaming music provider announced plans to release a free iPhone application that will let users listen to songs played directly off of its online service, with no need to download,” Taylor reports. “That would give iPhone users instant access to any of Spotify’s 6 million songs, without taking up precious memory space — way more than the maximum 7,000 tracks that a 32GB iPhone can hold.”

Taylor reports, “Songs can also be temporarily stored, or cached, ready to play during those moments when web connection drops, like when you’re going through a tunnel or underground. Spotify’s new application could change the way iPhone users listen to music. But first, it has to get the okay from Apple.”

“Spotify’s new application won’t be available to everyone, only those who opt for the premium service, which costs $15 a month for unlimited streams… access to pre-releases and better audio quality than the free service, which forces users to listen to ads after every few songs,” Taylor reports. “Spotify hopes to have its new application available on the iPhone within the next few weeks. The trick is getting Apple to approve an application that some observers see as a potential challenger to Apple’s own iTunes.”

“‘We honestly don’t think there is a direct competitor to Spotify, as no one’s doing exactly what we’re doing at the moment,’ Spotify spokesman Jim Butcher says over email. ‘We’re confident that Apple will allow the Spotify app, as we think it will improve the iPhone users’ experience even further.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

  1. No one except Zune, no one except Nokia, no one except anyone you know who is already doing it.

    The fact that you have to cough up $30.00 or something close to that every month for music you will not own once you stop coughing up will not deter any iPod, iTouch or iPhone user from subscribing to spotify because… hey! it is six million songs!! I mean, what’s $30.00 totted up to your final iPhone bill at the end of the month? nothing? nothing?? How many of the six million songs on that catalogue do you already own? aiee? All your favourite tracks? SO WHY THE HELL DO YOU WANT to cough up good money after bad for? Why the hell did the Zune fail on a similar model for???

    I wonder? and I thought the Swedes were brilliant! I guess not all them are….

  2. I have a iPod and songs in iTunes that I have bought or converted from my CDs. I do not want to spend $15 a month for the same music. On another site I read the ads were every 20 seconds. But, Apple should allow the app.

  3. I use spotify on my Mac and I think it’s great. I don’t have a premium account, but I might think about one if this get’s the go ahead.

    This would be a good response to the zune pass. Especially if Apple doesn’t believe in subscriptions. They can let Spotify take the risk. It all helps Apple’s real, goal selling hardware.

  4. This is a total “damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-don’t” situation for Apple. On one hand, it’s a competitor with iTunes. On the other hand, if they deny it, it will be one more in a series of bad PR moves for Apple and the App Store, because the tech blogs will be all over it, condemning Apple.

    It will be very interesting to see what happens here. I, for one, don’t feel like I will use this app. I stream from Pandora only once in a blue moon. There is still nothing like owning my music.

  5. And for the record, I have tried spotify, it did not have quite alot of classic pop songs from yesteryear. Nor any of the notable collectibles, I guess because they are in it for the money and for the love of music.

  6. Pay $15 a month or listen to commercials and not get the latest music available.

    Decisions, decisions. Think I’ll turn on the FM radio and save money, battery life, bandwidth, data allowance and the cost of an iPhone.

    Let’s get real here. FM duplicates this service in most cities. It won’t catch on, but if it did, streaming to millions of iPhones simultaneously would bring down the network. Apple will say no.

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