Best tech news all year: Apple approves the Spotify App for iPhone!

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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Comments (25) | Leave a comment

  1. James Trosh says:

    @mundaynotfriday "The Spotify app itself will be free, but only Spotify premium subscribers will be able to log-in." http://bit.ly/egyaW

  2. RT @colbyrne: The music revolution begins at midnight tonight!! http://tinyurl.com/n844y3 #spotify #iphone

  3. This is great news, I rely on spotify to accompany my work rather alot!

    From what I’ve heard the spotify app will be a free download but is it only available to premium users?

  4. hermione says:

    yeah £10 per month- would you pay?

  5. hermione says:

    £120 a year is not much for complete collection…how much would it cost through iTunes?

  6. David Peto says:

    RT @hermioneway: Best tech news all year: Apple approves the Spotify App for iPhone! http://bit.ly/47HHe9 (via @brisbourne)

  7. Robert C says:

    RT @hermioneway: Best tech news all year: Apple approves the Spotify App for iPhone! http://bit.ly/47HHe9 (via @brisbourne @davidpeto)

  8. RT @RobFerrari Best tech news all year: Apple approves the Spotify App for iPhone! http://bit.ly/47HHe9 (via @brisbourne @davidpeto)

  9. Raam says:

    This is a massive deal, to be sure. Says a lot about Apple’s openness and their direction.

    However, given how much the iPhone battery life annoys me, I can’t see how it will last more than a couple of hours when I’m listening to Spotify via 3G / wireless.

    When the iPhone gets a better battery, this will be fantastic. Until then, not sure that I would pay for it. I need my phone too much!

  10. hermione says:

    well.. it the songs cache on the device so it shouldnt draw on the battery life too long

  11. Jason Golik says:

    RT @Hermioneway Best tech news all year: Apple approves the Spotify App for iPhone! « Techfluff.tv http://bit.ly/47HHe9

  12. Cesa says:

    What’s the source for the “available at midnight” comment? I haven’t seen anything from an official source.

  13. hermione says:

    @Cesa hmmm.. Trusted Reviews says ‘The app has yet to appear in the App Store as of midnight 28 August’ Does he mean he had not see it as of midnight 27th (last night) or it will appear tonight?

  14. hermione says:

    anyway have crossed out now:) -thanks for helping me out!

  15. AppleWire says:

    RT: @apple_wire Best tech news all year: Apple approves the Spotify App for iPhone …: Many spec.. http://bit.ly/yh0LX

  16. Bidder says:

    Thats a great iPhone app (I just watched the video above). Would like one to see streaming live broadcasts too (like ustream).
    And, I’ll get an iPhone and not an Android – or does it work on Android too?

  17. Dan says:

    Will it Scrobble to Last.fm like the desktop app does?

  18. Yeah I think I would… I don’t at the moment as I hav’nt really seen the need. But with the traveling around I do at times, the spotify app is a must!

  19. Bidder says:

    hmmmmm must get a Scrobble…

  20. Hermione Way says:

    yep .. Scrobble is good tool..would make Spotify better

  21. Great News, if its available in Spain RT @hermioneway Best tech news all year: Apple approves the Spotify for iPhone! http://bit.ly/47HHe9

  22. Says "very soon", instead of midnight http://tinyurl.com/n844y3 #spotify #iPhone

  23. @iFire7 RT @colbyrne: The music revolution begins at midnight tonight!! http://tinyurl.com/n844y3 #spotify #iphone

  24. Cesa says:

    Thanks for the info. C’mon now Apple/Spotify, release it already.

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