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Last month, we noted that popular Swedish music subscription service Spotify had submitted an iPhone application to Apple for inclusion in the company's App Store. At the time, there was some question as to whether Apple would approve a subscription-based music application that would appear to directly compete with Apple's own iTunes music offerings.

UK news site paidContent:UK reports that Apple has just now approved Spotify, which should be appearing in the App Store shortly.
Apple's Cupertino spokesperson tells us it has approved the iPhone app from Spotify, the music service that many people believe represents a threat to iTunes: "The current status as of right now is it's been approved and we hope to add the app to the more than 65,000 apps on the app store very soon. We've been in constant communication working with the developer and have already notified Spotify that the app will be in the app store very soon."
Spotify is currently only available in select European countries, a number of which require invitations in order to access the company's ad-supported service. Spotify also offers an ad-free premium service, priced at £9.99 per month in the UK, and the company will reportedly also offer an annual subscription price for service through the free iPhone application. The New York Times has reported that Spotify is scheduled to become available in the U.S. by the end of 2009.

Article Link: Apple Approves Spotify Music Subscription Application for iPhone
 

ejbenjamin

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Mar 21, 2005
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I'm hoping the relaunched Napster service can get an app through the approval process too. Their desktop-compatible service is $5/month for unlimited streaming. I'd happily pay a small surcharge to extend that to iPhone/iPod touch (or a fee for the app, but not both).
 
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tropic10

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It is the best music program I've used since Napster 10 years ago. I'm using it in the US now and I will definitely sign up for a paid subscription once they bring it here.
 
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The Phazer

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Well that's good news. Still, I wonder if streaming only with no local storage will be possible without a subscription...

Phazer
 
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fishkorp

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I have an iTunes UK account (I live in the US). I wonder if I can get the app in the UK store and use it in the US? Or if it'll check my IP address like the desktop app and deny me access? This would be pretty awesome to use.
 
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hanpa

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Aug 27, 2009
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What's the catch?

Only Wi-Fi? Or poor quality when using 3G? Too good to be true that this can be used with full quality on 3G. If this is true, I hope that the YouTube app will be updated to remove the quality reduction when using 3G, no need for that in the rest of the world that don't use AT&T. My typical 3G bandwith using my Iphone 3GS is 2-3 Mbit/s and according to my plan I can use it without any restrictions in my country.
 
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fishkorp

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Only Wi-Fi? Or poor quality when using 3G? Too good to be true that this can be used with full quality on 3G. If this is true, I hope that the YouTube app will be updated to remove the quality reduction when using 3G, no need for that in the rest of the world that don't use AT&T. My typical 3G bandwith using my Iphone 3GS is 2-3 Mbit/s and according to my plan I can use it without any restrictions in my country.

Some audio streaming apps work at 128k over 3G, I don't see why this would be any different.
 
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hanpa

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Can't see what's so great about this App.. You pay, you get to listen to some music for a while. What's the big deal about that?

Last I heard people were downloading any song they wanted for free and were listening to it on their iPhone/Pod.

Well, what about a HUGE selection of music immediately available without having to buy individual tracks, download, store, backup etc? And now available everywhere with your Iphone (I hope, with 3G).
 
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dwright1974

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Can't see what's so great about this App.. You pay, you get to listen to some music for a while. What's the big deal about that?

Last I heard people were downloading any song they wanted for free and were listening to it on their iPhone/Pod.

You "can" pay or you can listen to the music you want with the odd advert interjected in for free.

Spotify is a great service, no denying that, and if it is free on the iPhone, even better. Quite surprised it got through, however with the attention Apple is getting at the moment, perhaps they thought twice about this one!

- D
 
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TheNightPhoenix

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Dec 16, 2005
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You "can" pay or you can listen to the music you want with the odd advert interjected in for free.

Spotify is a great service, no denying that, and if it is free on the iPhone, even better. Quite surprised it got through, however with the attention Apple is getting at the moment, perhaps they thought twice about this one!

- D

It's not free, you have to be a £9.99 subscriber.
 
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niuniu

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Well, what about a HUGE selection of music immediately available without having to buy individual tracks, download, store, backup etc? And now available everywhere with your Iphone (I hope, with 3G).

Well, say I was out traveling for a year or so, moving around a lot, then yeah maybe I can see it being relevant.. seems to have a lot of support, maybe I'm out of the loop..
 
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hanpa

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Aug 27, 2009
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It is free to stream, as it says here.

The free version inserts adverts every so often. You can also buy Day Passes and Premium which doesn't include ads.

- D

This is for the desktop version, the iPhone app version requires a premium account.
 
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Grasbak

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Jan 17, 2006
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IIRC as said above you need to be a premium subscriber.

Also, I thought i read that its not just streaming on iPhone. You get to store the songs locally as well as being able to stream.

I guess we will find out soon enough!
 
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