Apple approves Spotify app for iPhone - goodnight iTunes?
As surprises go, it's right up there with the John Thomas scene in The Crying Game. Apple have approved the Spotify iPhone app, even though it threatens to blow iTunes out the water. The app will allow users to sync their iPhone with their Spotify desktop app, allowing them to listen to their own playlists chosen from millions of titles available through Spotify.
The most controversial function of the app is that it allows users to cache full playlists offline, so that several thousand songs can be stored on the iPhone and listened to at any time. Who needs iTunes anymore?
Regardless, tonight PaidContent:UK reports that an Apple spokesperson has said:
“The current status as of right now is it’s been approved and we hope to add the app to the more than 65,000 apps on the app store very soon. We’ve been in constant communication working with the developer and have already notified Spotify that the app will be in the app store very soon.”
While this rather exciting news for music fans (which is free to premium Spotify users who pay £10 a month subscription) we'll reserve judgement until we see the app. It's taken a month for Apple to make their minds up about the app, which isn't the norm since most apps are cleared within a fortnight of submission. And for Apple to be in "constant communication" with Spotify during the approval process is very unusual - Apple rarely, if ever contact developers until they approve or reject the app.