Spotify for iPhone submitted to Apple for approval

Spotify has submitted its' iPhone application to the Apple AppStore for approval.

The application, if approved, could be available within weeks according to the BBC. Company officials posted an official video of the application running on the iPhone to demonstrate the capabilities. The application syncs your playlists directly from Spotify and allows you to store them in offline mode. Offline mode will download the tracks to your device so you can keep playing them if you run out of reception or are on the tube etc.

The iPhone Spotify application works over Edge, 3G and Wi-fi. A Spotify spokesperson confirmed to Neowin that only users who pay the monthly £9.99 subscription cost to the premium service will be able to use the iPhone application. The app itself will be free.

Spotify officials originally demonstrated an Android version of the mobile application back in May which is still in development.

For those who haven't heard of Spotify, it is a multi-platform application which provides access to a free and legal barrage of online music. It's a streaming music player which has a similar feel to iTunes. Through it a user can get links to a large number of albums and tracks. Spotify use a peer-to-peer network along with streaming servers to provide their music. For more information on Spotify itself checkout Neowin's review.

Update: Spotify have provided Neowin with a statement after questions were raised whether Apple will approve the application. "We have a great relationship with Apple, think the iPhone is awesome and absolutely expect them to approve our app in the next few weeks. Apple has already approved several other music services such as Lastfm, Deezer and Pandora. We very much look forward to people being able to access their Spotify library wherever they might be and we've spent significant time and resources to ensure we've stuck to Apple's developer guidelines point by point."

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so on a premium account.....

What happens if you sync up your playlists... Like hundreds of songs. Then you go offline, and it will play for you correct? Then you cancel your spotify account.

Then you never go online with Spotify again. Or you log out somehow.

lunamonkey said,
so on a premium account.....

What happens if you sync up your playlists... Like hundreds of songs. Then you go offline, and it will play for you correct? Then you cancel your spotify account.

Then you never go online with Spotify again. Or you log out somehow.


I read in an article somewhere that the offline playlists only last for X amount of time

cold-peak said,
I read in an article somewhere that the offline playlists only last for X amount of time :)


Ah, good thinking. I thought maybe X number of plays, but time-based is fair enough.

I hope it's 2 weeks or something. Then people could at least go on holiday with it without the trouble of finding WiFi.

Simplify Media does the same thing and I got the free version. Although, I don't believe it stores tracks offline...

Digix said,
Who cares. This is all spotify will ever be "Not available in your country yet".

people that currently use it care.. it's amazing!

Digix said,
Who cares. This is all spotify will ever be "Not available in your country yet".


That's pretty much the same message I'm presented with when attempting to use Pandora.

Digix said,
Who cares. This is all spotify will ever be "Not available in your country yet".

Sadly restrictions effect users on both sides of the Atlantic.
"We're sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States. For more information on Hulu's international availability..."

Richard Herman said,
Sadly restrictions effect users on both sides of the Atlantic.
"We're sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States. For more information on Hulu's international availability..."

Exactly, makes a change for us Brits to have some they dont in the US.

Be interesting to see if Apple approve this, will be revolt if they dont.

I think there are other applications that stream music, or at least the itunes previews? It won't hurt itunes that much
1) there's no spotify in the US yet, itunes biggest market
2) it would only be for spotify premium users
3) they have an agreement to buy music from 7digital. maybe for the iphone they could do the same with itunes.

If you can listen to that song with spotify even if you are not connected to the internet... why would you buy it from itunes? Doesn't make sense!

meccs said,
If you can listen to that song with spotify even if you are not connected to the internet... why would you buy it from itunes? Doesn't make sense!

surely there will be SOME limitation. although well, you are paying 10 bucks a month, it ain't that bad

i watched the vid after i posteed!!! i was suprised that they would actually do it that way.. but thats a nice feature, and would make the 9.99 a month more appealing....

Hmm.. i wonder how many phones this could be used on, if you had other family members with iphones, you would not want to each pay 9.99 a month, afterall, if you have it on your home pc.. anyone could use it.. so I wonder how many iphones you could have the same account on????

I would imagine it would authenticate in a similar manor to that of the desktop application; only a single user can be logged in and listen to music at any given time. I doubt it would lock a spotify account to a specific iPhone, although I could be wrong.

I have my doubts about Apple approving it, but I really hope they do. I'm a spotify user, and own an iPhone 3G, and the ability to access music anywhere would be superb, fingers crossed!

This is a real dilemma. Is it worth the �9.99/month for Spotify premium? I certainly use Spotify enough but I just don't know if it's worth �9.99 month and would love to have Spotify on my phone as well.. I think I'll give it a try for a month or two and see if it becomes crucial enough to me that I don't want to cancel the subscription :)

The iPhone Spotify application works over Edge, 3G and Wi-fi.

I bet a few carriers have a moan about this!

I already pay for premium as it is now. I think the music library and speed of the service is so good that they're worth it. But sure, having listened to ad-sponsored use, the ad interruptions in the music are so few that I could just as well go with that, as I don't have much use for the other premium features like album releases in advance.

If I owned an iPhone, I wouldn't doubt joining as a subscriber though. It's like radio, just much, much better.

I agree. This is a real dilemma. I love Spotify, and having watched the video, I thought this is an instant buy. But then, I read "only users who pay the monthly £9.99 subscription cost to the premium service will be able to use the iPhone application". Hmm. I'd much rather have ads on the iPhone version of Spotify (either like the free PC option or like other ad-supported free apps). Or I'd prefer if they just charged for the app.

Aren't part of the T's and C's for submitting apps that they can refuse an app if it's likely to damage apple as a company? Technically I can see this causing damage in their income.

Would love it to be released though - getting a 3GS shortly!!!

It won't be because of inappropriate lyrics, but that Spotify is an application that could potentially damage sales @ iTunes. Think Apple would get into trouble if they stopped it though...

Antaris said,
It won't be because of inappropriate lyrics, but that Spotify is an application that could potentially damage sales @ iTunes. Think Apple would get into trouble if they stopped it though...

I want war :D