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MacRumors
Sep 7, 2009, 12:23 PM
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The music streaming app by Spotify, a popular Swedish music subscription service, is now available (http://www.spotify.com/en/about/press/spotify-now-available-on-app-store/) in the App Store. It was reported (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/08/27/apple-approves-spotify-music-subscription-application-for-iphone/) just last month that the app had been approved by Apple and the app was expected to be available in the App Store shortly.

The app is capable of streaming music over Wi-Fi or an EDGE or 3G data connection. It also offers the ability to store offline playlists that can be listened to in the absence of a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection, a feature that directly competes with the iPhone's iPod application.

Spotify offers a video demonstrating the app on YouTube, which can be viewed here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNCb1IdmJ_0).

Spotify's music subscription service is only available in a handful of European countries at the moment, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. Accordingly, the Spotify app is not available in the U.S. App Store. Where it is available, the app is free though a Spotify Premium account at a monthly cost of €9.99 is required to use it.

Article Link: 'Spotify' App Appears in App Store (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/09/07/spotify-app-appears-in-app-store/)



GoCubsGo
Sep 7, 2009, 12:41 PM
I just went to the App Store using Spotify's website link and no go.
The app doesn't seem to be there.

hanpa
Sep 7, 2009, 12:48 PM
This is the killer app that the iPhone needs!

Works great but the following needs to be addressed:

- Should work in the background. Apple must allow for at least one music app to run in the background, not just iPod. Some apps have a built-in browser to at least allow for web surf while listening but it's better to allow background execution.

- Sync for offline listening only works on Wi-Fi. Why? My tests indicate a bit rate of about 1Mbit/s while syncing, I normally have 2-3 Mbit/s on 3G cellular. Restriction dictated by AT&T / Apple? Should not exist according to AT&T's answer to FCC questions. Remove this restriction!

r6girl
Sep 7, 2009, 12:51 PM
I just went to the App Store using Spotify's website link and no go.
The app doesn't seem to be there.

That's because of this:


Spotify's music subscription service is only available in a handful of European countries at the moment, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. Accordingly, the Spotify app is not available in the U.S. App Store. Where it is available, the app is free though a Spotify Premium account at a monthly cost of 9.99 is required to use it.


;)

Macjames
Sep 7, 2009, 12:54 PM
Downloaded at work, sync'd all my playlists really quickly and works very good except for the occasional hiccup when i am on the bus and my signal drops from 3G to gprs and then back to 3G it then stutters.

Very impressed!:D

hanpa
Sep 7, 2009, 12:54 PM
I just went to the App Store using Spotify's website link and no go.
The app doesn't seem to be there.

Spotify is not available in all countries yet, not in the US. Not visible at appshopper.com, thought that page was international but I was wrong.

GoCubsGo
Sep 7, 2009, 12:56 PM
Ahhh see, MR was clear, Spotify was not immediately clear to me. :( I thought it was UK only but what did I know? ;)

clayj
Sep 7, 2009, 01:11 PM
I've already got like 37 different ways to play my music... don't really need another one. :p Simplify Music 2.0 is a great way to access my entire music collection using my iPhone, and I am within 3G or WiFi roughly 99.999% of the time.

I am glad to see that Apple aren't being jerks about approving apps that may encroach somewhat on their "territory".

Neutral Gamer
Sep 7, 2009, 01:13 PM
Well, I haven't posted on MacRumors for ages, but I couldn't resist. As soon as I saw this thread, I went off and purchased the Spotify Premium subscription and downloaded the app. I'm already a Napster subscriber so the concept of "renting" music doesn't pyshcologically distress me as it clearly does to many people on the net.

Instead I've been waiting ages for Napster to do a similar service. But now that Spotify's beaten them to it, looks like I may have to cancel my Napster subscription.

I can't stress enough just how MUCH I've been looking forward to be able to stream more or less any song, where ever you are. The freedom is just unbelievable! :eek: Whether it's out and about and I hear a song I like in a store or cafe, or I'm simply in the lounge and I just feel like listening to a particular song, right now, without having to purchase and download it first.

I personally think this is a massive gamechanger. I just wish people were more willing to embrace subscription music. I was all against it myself when I first heard the idea but then I tried a 7 day Napster trial and I was hooked. I've got a Napster To Go subscription using my Sony Walkman but this really is an amazing step up from that. Why download music in the first place or worry about taking up precious space when you can just simply stream it on demand?

To me, that's GREAT value for 9.99.

Long may Spotify live and hopefully it'll encourage more people to stop illegally downloading music (well, one can hope!) :D

Gatteau
Sep 7, 2009, 01:16 PM
That's great. I hope it gets on the Italian App store anytime soon. :)

Macjames
Sep 7, 2009, 01:21 PM
Well, I haven't posted on MacRumors for ages, but I couldn't resist. As soon as I saw this thread, I went off and purchased the Spotify Premium subscription and downloaded the app. I'm already a Napster subscriber so the concept of "renting" music doesn't pyshcologically distress me as it clearly does to many people on the net.

Instead I've been waiting ages for Napster to do a similar service. But now that Spotify's beaten them to it, looks like I may have to cancel my Napster subscription.

I can't stress enough just how MUCH I've been looking forward to be able to stream more or less any song, where ever you are. The freedom is just unbelievable! :eek: Whether it's out and about and I hear a song I like in a store or cafe, or I'm simply in the lounge and I just feel like listening to a particular song, right now, without having to purchase and download it first.

I personally think this is a massive gamechanger. I just wish people were more willing to embrace subscription music. I was all against it myself when I first heard the idea but then I tried a 7 day Napster trial and I was hooked. I've got a Napster To Go subscription using my Sony Walkman but this really is an amazing step up from that. Why download music in the first place or worry about taking up precious space when you can just simply stream it on demand?

To me, that's GREAT value for 9.99.

Long may Spotify live and hopefully it'll encourage more people to stop illegally downloading music (well, one can hope!) :D

I agree that it is a great idea, wether or not it is a game changer remains still to be seen in my opinion. I bought the subscription and got the free app to be a compliment to my iTunes catalogue as intend to still buy albums from my favourite bands. For me this the freedom to explore new music, to seek out bands and albums i probably would never look twice at before. Has it worked?

Hell yes! This app is amazing!

Nick--
Sep 7, 2009, 02:11 PM
I've been using Napster for ages, and it's always annoyed me not being able to use a Napster to Go subscription with an iPhone. I'm also switching to Mac soon this couldn't have arrived at a better time. Bye, bye Napster hello Spotify. I downloaded it today and got a premium subscription, it works very well indeed.

Now all we need is Spotify to link into Airport express speakers!

elppa
Sep 7, 2009, 02:26 PM
INow all we need is Spotify to link into Airport express speakers!

http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/mac/

Jaunty
Sep 7, 2009, 03:06 PM
http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/mac/

I use Airfoil and Spotify, but I think he probably means for it to link to Airport Express direct from the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Rhalliwell1
Sep 7, 2009, 03:10 PM
premium only.... sucks.

Nicolasdec
Sep 7, 2009, 03:20 PM
I was reading throu the comments and those stupid "Fail" comments are ridiculous.

People forget that Spotify is a business and they need to make money. It was a BRILLIANT idea that they make you have the Premium sub for the iphone version. It got me to signup for premium.

If you cant afford 33p per day, stick to the pirate bay. :)

Randman
Sep 7, 2009, 03:24 PM
Bring it to the US already. Screw the lawyers.

hanpa
Sep 7, 2009, 03:46 PM
I was reading throu the comments and those stupid "Fail" comments are ridiculous.

People forget that Spotify is a business and they need to make money. It was a BRILLIANT idea that they make you have the Premium sub for the iphone version. It got me to signup for premium.

If you cant afford 33p per day, stick to the pirate bay. :)

Yes and it actually feels great to pay for this huge and fast growing selection that is immediately available. Why spend money and time on buying music or downloading using The Pirate Bay now?

jimbarnes
Sep 7, 2009, 04:25 PM
Anyone else think Apple is going to announce an iTunes payment/subscription service on Wednesday that will compete head-to-head with Spotify?

Spotify is an amazing app but I'm worried that Apple is going to totally hit the nail on the head and start a subscription service on Wednesday that undercuts Spotify by a few pounds a month..

hanpa
Sep 7, 2009, 04:32 PM
Anyone else think Apple is going to announce an iTunes payment/subscription service on Wednesday that will compete head-to-head with Spotify?

Spotify is an amazing app but I'm worried that Apple is going to totally hit the nail on the head and start a subscription service on Wednesday that undercuts Spotify by a few pounds a month..

Or why not Spotify integration in the iPod app? Shouldn't matter to either Apple or Spotify since the premium service is required. An iPod integration will at least allow it to run in the background.

Steven Jackson
Sep 7, 2009, 04:36 PM
Anyone else think Apple is going to announce an iTunes payment/subscription service on Wednesday that will compete head-to-head with Spotify?

Spotify is an amazing app but I'm worried that Apple is going to totally hit the nail on the head and start a subscription service on Wednesday that undercuts Spotify by a few pounds a month..

The same thought went through my mind as I just subscribed to Spotify Premium... It's easy to cancel Spotify, however, so it's only a tenner lost (and I've probably got two quid's worth out of it this evening...)

Steve.

Nick--
Sep 7, 2009, 04:52 PM
Yes I did mean Spotify directly to airport directly from the ipod. How about Shazam sending identified songs directly to Spotify playlist, that'd be good too.

It also wouldn't surprise me if Apple announce a subscription service on Wednesday, let's wait and see, not long now.

PBF
Sep 7, 2009, 06:08 PM
WTH, it's nowhere to be found in the App Store. :confused:

bigandy
Sep 7, 2009, 06:59 PM
WTH, it's nowhere to be found in the App Store. :confused:

Did you consider reading the article? It is available, here (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=324684580&mt=8). :p

Spotify's music subscription service is only available in a handful of European countries at the moment, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain. Accordingly, the Spotify app is not available in the U.S. App Store. Where it is available, the app is free though a Spotify Premium account at a monthly cost of 9.99 is required to use it.

GoCubsGo
Sep 7, 2009, 06:59 PM
WTH, it's nowhere to be found in the App Store. :confused:

Did you consider reading the article? It is available, here (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=324684580&mt=8). :p

Or even my earlier blunder? ;)

bigandy
Sep 7, 2009, 07:03 PM
Or even my earlier blunder? ;)

I thought about pointing that out, but I didn't want to be mean.

..I even edited out all the sarcasm from my previous post! :p

bobertoq
Sep 7, 2009, 10:28 PM
I can't wait until this comes out in the US. Hopefully they'll allow us to use the non-subscription version of this app, too.

Anghammarad
Sep 8, 2009, 12:14 AM
premium only.... sucks.


Beacuse 9,99/$9,99/9,99 is really outrageously expensive to pay per month for free access to several million songs?

brucebrendon
Sep 8, 2009, 03:26 AM
The same thought went through my mind as I just subscribed to Spotify Premium... It's easy to cancel Spotify, however, so it's only a tenner lost (and I've probably got two quid's worth out of it this evening...)

Steve.


Snap, well, i'm gonna wait 'til that announcement... heck, what's a few hrs :) when you wait forever for an :apple: touchpad/book

johnnyjibbs
Sep 8, 2009, 05:43 AM
Anyone else think Apple is going to announce an iTunes payment/subscription service on Wednesday that will compete head-to-head with Spotify?

Spotify is an amazing app but I'm worried that Apple is going to totally hit the nail on the head and start a subscription service on Wednesday that undercuts Spotify by a few pounds a month..
Has Apple ever undercut anyone? ;)

In fact, if it gets as big in the US as it is here in Europe, Apple will buy Spotify up in a second and integrate it into iTunes. Apple doesn't play copycat unless it can bring something additional to the table and then charge users a premium for it. Instead, why not buy up the start-up and integrate it as if Apple had invented it anyway.

nbs2
Sep 8, 2009, 10:42 AM
I still don't get it.

I remember when the Zune/Napster/everybody else stores opened their subscription based systems, and users here said "What? Why would I want to pay for songs that disappear when I stop paying. After one year, I will have spent 120 dollars/pounds/euros on music - and if I don't make my next payment, it is all gone. That's 120 songs that I could have owned to listen to at any time. Steve is right."

Now, I see folks clammoring for subscriptions (which could possibly make the Zune store the best option available of any music store - $15/month, keep 10 songs).

Now get off my lawn.

DipDog3
Sep 8, 2009, 12:26 PM
WTH, it's nowhere to be found in the App Store. :confused:

Yea, not going to be released here in the US.

That sucks!

bobertoq
Sep 8, 2009, 11:41 PM
Beacuse 9,99/$9,99/9,99 is really outrageously expensive to pay per month for free access to several million songs?Actually, yes, considering you can get them for free with the desktop version.

Anghammarad
Sep 9, 2009, 10:59 AM
Actually, yes, considering you can get them for free with the desktop version.


No, it's not free in the desktop version. You pay by listening to ads. The free subscription also have a lower audio quality.

Even so 9,99 (or whatever) is still cheap if you consider what you get.

nickane
Sep 12, 2009, 05:19 AM
Not sure what the fair usage policy on the iphone contracts is because i'm on simplicity (o2), but i know my "unlimited" web coverage has a 200MB cap. Even if the app streams at 64k, that's probably only 50 odd tracks plus my regular web usage. Not a great deal for 10 quid, if u ask me.

MelZ
Feb 22, 2010, 02:33 AM
I'm sticking with Grooveshark. Much prefer their adfree music stream. I've been listening to Grooveshark through my Icloud acct and I read recently that they will be coming out soon with an iphone app and then Grooveshark is included for free!

Neutral Gamer
Feb 22, 2010, 03:22 AM
Not sure what the fair usage policy on the iphone contracts is because i'm on simplicity (o2), but i know my "unlimited" web coverage has a 200MB cap. Even if the app streams at 64k, that's probably only 50 odd tracks plus my regular web usage. Not a great deal for 10 quid, if u ask me.

I've been using the Spotify app happily since the day it was released and being on O2 as well in the UK I've had no problems listening to as many songs as I want (as well as regular web usage). If I remember reading correctly only iPhone users on O2 get a "proper" unlimited data plan (no doubt subject to fair use of course) whereas as other phone users, such as on the Blackberry, get the 200MB limit. But besides you can download up to 3,333 songs over WiFi onto your iPhone for offline playback.

I'm sticking with Grooveshark. Much prefer their adfree music stream. I've been listening to Grooveshark through my Icloud acct and I read recently that they will be coming out soon with an iphone app and then Grooveshark is included for free!

Well I'd never heard of Grooveshark until you just mentioned it so I checked out their site and found that it's the "users" who upload the songs. They don't get permission from the record labels, instead they let anyone upload anything and then wait to get sued (like Warner Bros. is currently in the process of doing) hoping to arrange a licensing deal. I believe Universal came to a licensing arrangement with them after they too tried to sue them.

Surely a legitimate company would've got the licensing deals in place BEFORE streaming artists' music? The company is in a legal grey area, at best! How else do you explain that I was just able to listen to Beatles songs through their site when even iTunes doesn't have the rights to sell them?!

Sorry but I'll stick to Spotify as it's legal (the most important point for me), convenient and fast over WiFi or 3G. It's a great service and I seriously wouldn't be able to live without it. Being able to stream more or less any song whenever you feel like and wherever you are never gets old! 10 is still a bargain for what you get if you ask me and I couldn't be happier. :)

Of course there's many countries that don't have Spotify yet (the US would be the big one) so I suppose these other services fill the gap ... ;)

Neutral Gamer
May 9, 2010, 12:16 PM
I use Music Control on my jailbroken iPhone. It's not a free app, but it's really a game changer together with Backgrounder, which allows Spotify to continue playing while using other apps. You should really look into jailbreaking your iPhone if you haven't already, I can't imagine using Spotify without these apps.

I agree with you 100% mate! I bought Music Controls shortly after I got the Spotify app. They've got a demo so you can see if it's any good but in my opinion it's the best $4.99 I spent on the iPhone as I use it everyday.

Spotify's still one of the best legal music programs out there especially with their recent new features.

Keep it legal kids!

Cheers. :)