Spotify targets iTunes

Spotify is going to be taking on Apple's iTunes, the Swedish company has confirmed. The popular music streaming service intends to go further than merely streaming music: they're going to be providing integration with Apple's own line of iPods. The first step of the integration involves the 'classic' style iPods, such as the iPod Classic, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. As iPod owners know, the main method of managing their device is through iTunes, where it appears in the program's sidebar. Spotify themselves claim that their software will allow management of these iPods. How far the term 'classic iPods' can be used is unknown though it could be assumed that all iPods made before iOS became the operating system running aboard them would work.

Spotify then went on to say that they were going to be starting a music-download service. They intend to sell the songs in bundles, for as 'little as 50p per song'. As if this wasn't enough, Spotify can also wirelessly sync MP3 playlists to Android and iPhone devices that have the Spotify Mobile apps installed. The downside to all of these features is that they're exclusive to Premium members of the service; that, and the US release of the program is still not known. The changes are guaranteed to make money for the company as they push users to invest in paid accounts with the service. Those who buy MP3s using Spotify are further bolstering the service's bottom line, which should prove pleasing for the company.

The new information was first shared by Spotify themselves, in an official blog post. On top of the blog post, a promotional video was produced. Entitled 'Spotify says hello to the iPod', it can be watched below.

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i have used spotify over iPod (when i have had an iPhone) on an off for well over a year and a half now.. it's absolutely fantastic

if this can blend the line between spotify and iPod (which i sometimes use for podcasts..) i am all for it!! in fact, checking it out right now

I love Spotify. I pay for the premium service at £10/month.. and to be honest I use it equally as much as I do my own personal MP3 collection. Being able to cache stuff to my phone is also a big bonus.

Great service and well worth what it costs.

Chicane-UK said,
I love Spotify. I pay for the premium service at £10/month.. and to be honest I use it equally as much as I do my own personal MP3 collection. Being able to cache stuff to my phone is also a big bonus.

Great service and well worth what it costs.

I pay for it too - love using it on my iPhone!

If anyone has the potential to do damage to iTunes it's them. It's no surprise it's still not in the US. The American music industry isn't known for embracing change, especially digital. I still prefer owning my own music and I usually buy albums too just for the sake of having a complete set. However I know a bunch of friends who'd love Spotify. Shame we're all in Canada

That has to be the most confusing, messiest press release/blog announcement I've ever read. What they're announcing:
- music store with fancy price schemes and "purchase playlist" option (as opposed to previously relying on 7-digital on a per-song basis)
- synchronize with ipods, instead of relying on itunes
- open up the mobile apps to all (as opposed to premium users) so that purchased items can be wirelessly synced.

IMO number 3 is the best, but it WAS kind of available already for premium users.

By the way, I think the article is wrong. None of the features announced today are for premium-only users.