Spotify to launch browser based version

According to a recent report, Swedish music streaming service Spotify has a browser-based version in the works. This way it won't be necessary to run a client app on your computer, but it's not clear if the browser version will eventually replace the desktop client.

Although Spotify hasn't responded to TechCrunch's report, it's quite a logical step for the popular streaming service. Its direct competitors such as Pandora and Rdio already offer a web interface. Spotify's rumoured project would also account for the the lack of updates for the desktop client. It's believed that improvements to the service are on the way, like new ways to discover music; Spotify may, for example, start suggesting popular user lists to follow and asking celebrities to share their playlists.

Spotify's pricing model could also be updated to encourage mobile use by dropping the price for an ad-free experience from $10 to $8 a month. Currently, the desktop version is free if you don't mind advertisements, and $5 a month if you want those removed. To be able to listen to your playlists offline on the desktop, or when using a smartphone, you have to pay $8 a month.

It's not clear when the Swedish company plans to launch the browser based version.

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Their UI is hot diarrhea and the restrictions are ridiculous given what you can get through a service like Rhapsody.

Spotify's rumoured project would also account for the the lack of updates for the desktop client.

Eh? Didn't they add in the smart radio feature literally about 4 weeks ago? How is that a lack of updates?

The only thing that I notice they continue not to fix is the drag and drop functionality in the playlist list. It's so broken it's not even funny.

Based on how apps are developed for it, I wouldn't be surprised if the whole desktop app is mostly a Webkit wrapper to begin with.

But seriously, Spotify should hire better UI developers for both desktop and mobile.

LaXu said,

But seriously, Spotify should hire better UI developers for both desktop and mobile.

You don't like the itunes look?

Rappy said,
Isn't there a 10 hour restriction on the desktop version or has that been changed now?

Nope. still 10 hours a week restriction, plus ads
However, there's no limit to how many accounts you can have

akav0id said,

Nope. still 10 hours a week restriction, plus ads
However, there's no limit to how many accounts you can have

cool

I also like the idea of them developing a web based client. Although I also like the desktop one, and I think they have the resources to maintain both and mobile ones.

I like the idea of them adding a web app but I do not like the idea of them getting rid of the desktop client. I'm currently paying £9.99 a month to them for their service and it's great but I really like having a physical application which I can use with Airfoil to get sound to my Airplay equipped speakers. If they only offered a web app I'd need to feed my entire browser through to my stereo and that would be annoying when watching youtube videos and such.

Even if they just wrapped the site in to a client that was a glorified web browser that would be fine.

Vice said,
I like the idea of them adding a web app but I do not like the idea of them getting rid of the desktop client. I'm currently paying £9.99 a month to them for their service and it's great but I really like having a physical application which I can use with Airfoil to get sound to my Airplay equipped speakers. If they only offered a web app I'd need to feed my entire browser through to my stereo and that would be annoying when watching youtube videos and such.

Even if they just wrapped the site in to a client that was a glorified web browser that would be fine.

Could you not just open the website in a separate web browser? Not ideal I know, but a simple solution if they do get rid of the desktop application.

WelshBluebird said,

Could you not just open the website in a separate web browser? Not ideal I know, but a simple solution if they do get rid of the desktop application.

I suppose, but I do doubt they will get rid of the desktop client because it offers functions you just can't do in a browser yet. It already has the ability to stream to about 10 stereos over WiFi and I don't think you can do that in browsers without plugins and even then it may be limited.

To be honest though if the service becomes too cumbersome to use I'd just stop using it and go back to my old ways of acquiring music.

Vice said,
I like the idea of them adding a web app but I do not like the idea of them getting rid of the desktop client. I'm currently paying £9.99 a month to them for their service and it's great but I really like having a physical application which I can use with Airfoil to get sound to my Airplay equipped speakers. If they only offered a web app I'd need to feed my entire browser through to my stereo and that would be annoying when watching youtube videos and such.

Even if they just wrapped the site in to a client that was a glorified web browser that would be fine.

How about writing your own app? It would be just a single frame with a webbrowser that would open a given URL. I have an app like that for Pandora and it works just fine.

Palpatine said,
How about writing your own app? It would be just a single frame with a webbrowser that would open a given URL. I have an app like that for Pandora and it works just fine.

Now I'm working for them too? Giving them my money isn't enough?

WelshBluebird said,

Could you not just open the website in a separate web browser? Not ideal I know, but a simple solution if they do get rid of the desktop application.

What about stuff like media keys though, or jumplist support in Windows 7? I'd have to go into the app every time I wanted to change track. Not a big issue I know, but one I'd certainly notice.