Friday poll – will you subscribe to Spotify’s iPhone app?

August 28th, 2009 20 Comments By Paul Smith

img 0096 200x300 Friday poll   will you subscribe to Spotifys iPhone app?So the good news for iPhone loving music chums is that the Spotify app has now been approved by Apple and will be available in the App Store shortly. This means you’ll be able to compile playlists on your desktop or your iPhone – choosing from millions of songs – and then cache them offline so you can effectively keep any 3,300 songs on your handset at any time.

The bad news is that to use the app, you’ll have to subscribe to Spotify’s Premium service at a cost of £9.99 per month. Although this means you can enjoy music on your desktop app at far higher quality (320kbps), access to exclusive tracks and none of those bleeding Kate Moss ads, it’s going to cost you £120 a year. And unless Spotify have done some extraordinary deal with Apple by which it can operate as a background app, you can’t do anything else with your handset while music is playing. That, frankly, is a complete pain in the arse.

So on the one hand you have access to millions of tracks on your iPhone or iPod and you never need bother with iTunes again, and on the other you’re £120 out of pocket. So which is it to be? Vote, comment and let us know. And if you’re not an iPhone fanboy, chances are you’ll pay the same price if and when Spotify is released for your handset, so don’t be shy and vote too:

Comments (20) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by Mewling Prick August 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I voted yes but want you to screw off anyway.

  2. Posted by Dan August 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Yes, but for a trial peroid of a month or two.

  3. Posted by Simon August 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    If it were £4.99, I wouldn’t think twice. £120/year is causing some consternation.

  4. Posted by V Lenin August 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    lol, what happened to limewire?

  5. Posted by goon August 28, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    where is the option of

    ‘i’m not an iphone tosser, and i have a life’

  6. Posted by ball_sack August 28, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    goon you ball sack

  7. Goon – presumably you have a mobile phone, so perhaps the last sentence applies to you.

  8. Posted by goon August 28, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    yes i have a phone. a normal mobile phone. i don’t get it out at every opportunity and bore people about how great it is.

  9. Posted by Andrew Robinson August 28, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Your mum was impressed by it!

  10. Posted by goon August 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    no she wasn’t. she said it was for boring tossers.

  11. Posted by goon August 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    she also said spotify was for boring losers. losers who listen to mp3′s on thier phones while for example, sat on a bus/train.

  12. Posted by John Smithypants August 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Goon, please don’t lump all iphone users in the same basket as “boring tossers” thats less of a reflection on iphone owners but more on the people you know!

  13. Posted by Mewling Prick August 28, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    But iPhone users ARE boring tossers. Don’t stiffle the guy’s correctivity.

  14. Ignoring Goon’s obvious trolling attempts.

    £120 a year … yeah quite steep. But as an alternative it’s one music album purchase a month … or can stream as much as you’d like via Spotify.

    Tempted … yes.

    Discouraged though if it doesnt work in background, or with backgrounder. If it doesnt support A2DP. If it doesn’t work over 3G network and requires wifi (like Skype).

  15. Posted by Mewling Prick August 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Go back to Facebook Tom – you’ve got no friends here.

  16. @Tom

    I think the setup is that it streams over 3G, but if you want to use the ‘Offline Playlist’ function, you need to download the tracks over WiFi.

    As for A2DP, I thought that was a system wide setting, so that once you you connect your iPhone to the bluetooth stereo in Settings, any sound on the iPhone comes through the bluetooth speakers instead, so Spotify should work (the YouTube app does).

    The background thing is a little shitty though, might have to jailbreak mine again just for Backgrounder.

  17. Posted by G. Threepwood August 28, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    So that’s £10 per month plus you then need unlimited internet- don’t they limit unlimited internet?

    Sincere question. I want an iphone in 2 years when it can do what it is supposed to.

  18. @ G. Threepwood

    All O2 iPhone tariff’s come with ‘unlimited’ data usage (although if you look at O2′s T&C’s there is a fair use limit of around 250mb.

    I really hammer my iPhone’s data usage, and O2 have never got in touch about excessive usage, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

    The problem with O2 isn’t going over your fair use allowance, it’s actually finding a 3G signal in the first place.

  19. Posted by Kevin August 29, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    It will need a wi-fi connection, theres no way it’d work over the edge network and 3G is too flaky when actually moving round.
    Therefore it’s pretty useless.

    Those Kate Moss adverts are hideous aren’t they!

  20. Posted by goon September 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I am a boring tosser. All I do is rant about people with iPhones because I’m jealous of them. I have a boring normal phone thats only any good for phoning people. I can’t impress anyone with my phone because it does nothing impressive. I’m not impressed by technology. I spend most of my time at home on my own…crying and wanking at the same time

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