The BBC reports that Apple has approved the Spotify app for iPhone. It will appear in the App Store as of midnight 28 August (tonight) very soon- yeah baby!
Many speculated Apple would not accept the app, since Spotify is tipped to rival iTunes because of its comprehensive, free library of millions of songs and especially since Apple have recently blocked quite a few apps including Google Voice which has upset early adopters and leaders like TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington who have been going off the iPhone.
Spofity’s co-founder Daniel Ek told BBC News that he was confident the app would bring a big surge in premium subscribers.”We’re scaling up the systems because response has been tremendous even before the app is available,” he said.The service, which launched last year, now has more than two million users in the UK, and more than six million across Europe.It has not yet launched in the United States but says it intends to do so by the end of the year.
The app will stream over 3G and WiFi and playlists are downloaded so you can even listen on the tube. The service is not available in the US yet or for Android but the Spotify team are working on it.
Oh! Yes! It’s wonderful, orgasmic news but here’s the snitch: The Spotify app itself will be free, but only Spotify premium subscribers will be able to log-in. A premium subscription currently stands at £9.99 per month.
So would you pay the £10 per month for all the songs you ever wanted on your iPhone? I’m first in line!
In related news Trusted Reviews reports: Universal Music Sweden has confirmed Spotify makes it more money than iTunes. “In five months from the launch, Spotify became our largest digital source of income and so passed by iTunes”, said Universal Music MD Per Sundin. “It’s a fantastic development, explained by the fact that Spotify really has exploded.”
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