Can't stop the signal - could Spotify be an iPhone killer?
If you're a fan of Spotify, you'll already know it's the single greatest interweb invention in the world. Ever. You'll also be curious as to whether Roberta looks as hot damned sexy as she sounds (clue - she is, hot diggedy!).
For the uninitiated, Spotify is an online music jukebox that'll play just about any song you can think of (almost - some publishers haven't released their full archives yet). Once you've downloaded the app to your desktop, you can create your own playlists, share them online and create collaborative playlists that other people can add tracks to. It's the new last.fm but a whole lot sexier, and a whole lot simpler.
But Spotify could also pose a real threat to both Apple's iTunes and the iPhone, and provide the Google G1 handset with its first killer app. The Spotify team have unveiled a working version of a mobile app for the G1, and it's a corker.
It works like the desktop version - you can search through thousands of sings and create playlists of your favourite music. The very clever part is that it can store your playlists offline, so you don't need an internet connection to listen. That means you can listen to any song, at any time, as often as you like. The app is also capable of syncing near-simultaneously with the desktop version, without the need to plug in a USB cable:
It's exciting stuff, especially for Google which doesn't yet have a iTunes rival for the G1. There's no word on pricing or a launch date yet; if Google and T-Mobile were smart they'd roll it into the monthly contract fee for all users, rather than demand an additional charge, because then they could market the G1 as having a comprehensive music-on-demand service that's free. Yowsers.