Apple just approved Spotify app, the digital music subscription service from UK. It is a much surprise approval from Apple part after many controversial refusals. This app is clearly getting to the iTunes territory, which is the core of the company business.
The speculation for this approval could be the locality of Spotify (a company from UK) and the service is only available to a limited market in the UK, Sweden, Spain, France, Norway and Finland and perhaps Apple could announce a similar service this Wednesday.
In any case, the app seems to work flawlessly from streaming of Spotify huge catalog of songs over both WiFi and 3G and the distinctive advantage of saving the playlist for offline playing. The offline playlist is the feature that many music streaming services such Pandora, Last.fm can not match.
Key features include:
- Access to millions of tracks with Spotify’s constantly updated catalogue
- Search and stream music instantly. Browse by artist, title, album, genre, label or year
- Create and synchronise playlists. Updates from the desktop application will be synced instantly and vice versa
- Playlists can be downloaded and played in offline mode when you have no connection, are on a plane or subway, or abroad and subject to roaming data fees
- Listen to tracks and albums in their entirety. Rewind, fast-forward, pause, skip and shuffle
- View cover art for all tracks and albums
The Spotify App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at the App Store