Spotify to begin rolling out web browser music app today

Music streaming service Spotify plans to begin rolling out its much rumoured and much requested browser-based music player today according to sources close to the company.

The Verge reports that the web player looks similar to the Mac and Windows apps but only includes basic features: search, playlists editing, Radio, and the "What's New" section. Spotify web will be free to use like its desktop counterparts but will of course include banner and audio ads which can be removed with the purchase of Spotify Unlimited or Spotify Premium, the latter which also gives users access via mobile devices.

This will of course come as great news for those who prefer web apps or those who simply can't download due to computer restrictions.

Source: The Verge

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DrScouse said,
And what stops the workplace simply blocking the domain via their proxies?

It doesnt, but at least users won't be installing unsupported applications on their workstations.

Peter van Dam said,
I hope this works on a Windows Phone 8 or any other big mobile device systems

There are native apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, why would you want to use a website?

Ambroos said,

There are native apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone, why would you want to use a website?

There's no windows phone 8 app, there's only one for windows phone 7. I don't know the specific reasons for it, though.

And also, the windows phone 7 app has in my experience been incredibly buggy. Sometimes I can't even listen to music, which requires me to restart the whole phone for it to work. The auto-download for tracks is broken for me as well. I have chosen a playlist to be "available offline" but it only makes the songs available offline when I manually listen to the songs.

Mickez said,

There's no windows phone 8 app, there's only one for windows phone 7. I don't know the specific reasons for it, though.

And also, the windows phone 7 app has in my experience been incredibly buggy. Sometimes I can't even listen to music, which requires me to restart the whole phone for it to work. The auto-download for tracks is broken for me as well. I have chosen a playlist to be "available offline" but it only makes the songs available offline when I manually listen to the songs.

All windows phone 7 apps will work on 8, so there is an app.

Peter van Dam said,
I hope this works on a Windows Phone 8 or any other big mobile device systems

It won't as spotify charge for mobile use.

duddit2 said,

All windows phone 7 apps will work on 8, so there is an app.

I think he could have elaborated a little more... Spotify is one of the few apps on Windows Phone that actually isn't compatible with Windows Phone 8 for some reason. Apparently they wrote it much differently than everyone else.

Jack Musick said,

I think he could have elaborated a little more... Spotify is one of the few apps on Windows Phone that actually isn't compatible with Windows Phone 8 for some reason. Apparently they wrote it much differently than everyone else.


Well Spotify uses a lot of complicated algorithms (that still haven't been cracked) to keep it's files secure. Some of that coding (that must have been horrible to do on Windows Phone) might not have survived the transition.

In any case, all relevant smartphone operating systems have an app available. Smaller players on the market (WP8) will have to wait for an app. It might come when there's some market share worth targeting.

xstex said,
It won't as spotify charge for mobile use.

Why not? You have to login to use their service, I pay for that service. So they CAN make it work on mobile just like how the app works or even better. Unless they will launch with a plugin, the same 'secure' codecs can be used between PC and WP or any other decent mobile service.

Ambroos said,

In any case, all relevant smartphone operating systems have an app available. Smaller players on the market (WP8) will have to wait for an app. It might come when there's some market share worth targeting.

That is why I hope it will be available on mobile. So even smaller markets can access Spotify without any hassle. I guess we will see later today!

Peter van Dam said,

Why not? You have to login to use their service, I pay for that service. So they CAN make it work on mobile just like how the app works or even better. Unless they will launch with a plugin, the same 'secure' codecs can be used between PC and WP or any other decent mobile service.

I wasn't talking about paying customers.

Rappy said,

I thought that closed down, good to see its still open

What? Since when did grooveshark shut down or planned to shut down?

While this could be nice for some I don't really see the advantage. The Spotify desktop software is excellent! It's fast, stable, feature-rich and easy to use.

Ambroos said,
While this could be nice for some I don't really see the advantage. The Spotify desktop software is excellent! It's fast, stable, feature-rich and easy to use.

For people in workplaces where they can't get Spotify past their proxy it could be. I was in this position eagerly waiting for this Spotify web app, then it started working the other week! I'm still interested to see how well this functions though, will be interesting to see how this runs in a browser.

Ambroos said,
While this could be nice for some I don't really see the advantage. The Spotify desktop software is excellent! It's fast, stable, feature-rich and easy to use.

Or if you want to use Spotify on an unsupported platform - e.g. I have an old PowerMac G5 which does have the Spotify client on, but which nagged me the other day saying that support for it was going to end in a few months time.

This hopefully gets around this problem!