Spotify sets its sights on Apple with iPod and iPhone integration

Spotify sets its sights on Apple with iPod and iPhone integration

Summary: Though it has yet to hit the U.S., Spotify continues to make waves in Europe, continuing today with the announcement that it will offer playlist synching with Apple's iPod and iPhone.

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The name Spotify likely doesn't mean much to music fans outside of Europe. But the streaming music service has been making a number of big announcements in preparation for its US launch later this year.

In a move unlikely to make many people at Apple particularly happy, Spotify said today that its users would soon be able to download playlists directly to devices like the iPhone and iPad.

This is significant because with the new feature, Spotify users will be able to completely bypass iTunes, Apple's seemingly-impenetrable music fortress. Instead, users will be able to sync their devices via Spotify's desktop and mobile applications, solving one of the main complaints of those using Spotify's service.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether Apple will end up blocking the feature, as the company has done previously. Either way, with moves like these, Spotify will be a force to be reckoned with once it makes its way stateside.

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  • the same bs over and over again

    time and again we saw that subscription services don't resonate with consumers. and spotify is a $10 or $15 monthly fee subscription service. sure, they have a "free" version with annoying ads to trick you into "upgrading". but that's just a decoy.

    what makes those pundits think that after one failed attempt after another this one will succeed when it just offers the very same concept that consumers have rejected over and over again?

    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
    banned from zdnet
    • RE: Spotify sets its sights on Apple with iPod and iPhone integration

      @banned from zdnet Spotify is a good service,although now has more limitations,thanks to american labels that pressured the company.That announced feature will be avalaible in the free version,so you won?t need to subscribe.I believe that is a good thing that there are alternatives to Itunes,that is a slow,uncorfotable to use program.
      anto31
  • RE: Spotify sets its sights on Apple with iPod and iPhone integration

    It's very interesting from my perspective because my wife dislikes both iTunes the service, and iTunes the software, so if she could enjoy her iPhone and music on it without either of them, she would be much happier. She might not have to get a 'droid when her contract runs out, which oddly enough would be better for apple. BTW, to add insult to injury, iTunes for the most part does not carry the music she listens to anyway.
    dimonic
    • RE: Spotify sets its sights on Apple with iPod and iPhone integration

      @dimonic You don't have to get your music through iTunes to put it on your iPod/iPhone/iPad. There is a button in iTunes to import music into the iTunes library from wherever it is. Then sync your device. I have hundreds of songs on my device and very few were purchased thru iTunes.
      Serton
  • RE: Spotify sets its sights on Apple with iPod and iPhone integration

    I am one of those happy Spotify premium users, paying 10 euros per month. The service is very appealing to me, I can listen for music on several PCs, Mac, iPod, my Nokia phone. Over the years I figured out there is no point in "owning" music, because technology changes (I am not listening to the cassettes I bought some 20 years ago), and you can listen to what you buy for some limited amount of time. So no point in buying mp3s today, hopefully in few years we get surround music in some better format.
    florin.lohan@...
    • RE: Spotify sets its sights on Apple with iPod and iPhone integration

      I totally agree here, I've subscribed to Spotify for over a year now and found so much new great music - you can still do this for free with the ads anyway...
      Spotify just does what you need it to - find and play music and then sync or stream it to your iToy, which is more than I can say for the bloated POS called iTunes, which takes 5mins to start up and fanny around before it even begins to sync any music...
      I wish the people at Spotify all the best and hope they make it into the States, you guys have been missing out on this!
      mattyvx