Spotify, the incredible online music service, has been approved by Apple for the App Store. While the application has only been approved for Europe and isn't yet available in the App Store, it's great news. An Apple representative stated:
‚ÄúThe current status as of right now is it‚Äôs been approved and we hope to add the app to the more than 65,000 apps on the app store very soon. We‚Äôve been in constant communication working with the developer and have already notified Spotify that the app will be in the app store very soon.‚Äù
Nobody expected Apple to approve Spotify, for it will directly attack iTunes sales. The application is similar to Pandora, except it allows you to listen to a specific song, without the radio station nonsense. Search for a song or artist, and listen to exactly what you want to, whenever you want to, and however many times you want to. The application has a bunch of other great features, such as the ability to save playlists for offline listening (when you have no service). The application is free to download, but requires a monthly subscription which runs ¬£9.99/month.
Go here for a more in depth view at Spotify, and go to www.spotify.com for more info or to try the service.
Unfortunately, Spotify isn't available in America even as a web service because it breaks licensing restrictions. In Europe, however, Spotify already has well over 6 million users, and is a great success. In all reality, it may never even become available on US soil, and the iPhone app therefore may only be available to certain nations. Perhaps that is why Apple has approved the application.
But there is hope. Also, if you're dying to try Spotify and you live in USA, you can. Simply find a British proxy site (it'll end in .co.uk/) and enter the following URL: https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/. Invite yourself and boom, you're in. Use your Google skills to find a British postal code. It works.
Looks like Apple's approval process is lightening up a bit…let's hope it continues.