Spotify's Long-Awaited iPad App Debuts in App Store

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    Spotify's Long-Awaited iPad App Debuts in App Store




    Streaming music service Spotify, which gained a loyal following in Europe before debuting in the United States last July, has launched its highly-anticipated iPad app. The app arrives in the form of a universal version of Spotify's free existing app, although like the iPhone version a Premium subscription is required for mobile access after a brief trial period.

    Today we’re extremely proud to present our native iPad app in all its green-hued glory. Features include:


    - Retina graphics for iPad - dazzling display, razor sharp images, richer colors

    - Even easier to browse and explore Spotify’s entire 18 million* song catalogue

    - New ‘Now Playing’ full-screen view with high-definition cover art

    - Search for playlists, users and music - all from the same view

    - Check out what's hot and find trending playlists & songs amongst your friends

    - Inbox grouped by user for easy searching

    - Gapless playback and crossfade

    - AirPlay integration





    Spotify Premium is available through the app as a free 48-hour trial, with users able to extend the trial to 30 days by signing up through Spotify's website. Continued Premium service is priced at $9.99 per month.

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    Spotify plans to become an on-demand TV network



    Spotify: free music streamer, procrastination enabler, and soundtrack to household chores around the world may soon become much much more. The service is reportedly toying with the idea of offering original video content.

    Spotify has proven to be wildly popular with over 15 million people using the audio streaming service (though only a small number shell out for the paid subscriptions, which is basically what is keeping the company financially afloat). The company sells ads on its free service, but the overall business model is based on luring customers away from the free service and into paid subscriptions (in Australia, it’s $6.99 a month for ad-free streaming, while it will set you back $11.99 a month to be able to download music and listen offline across all your devices). This model hasn’t exactly proven to be lucrative.

    But the company may soon have more to offer. According to a report from BusinessInsider, Spotify is seeking partners to create on-demand video content that would put it in direct competition with the Netflixes and HBOs of the world.

    Millions of people have downloaded Spotify, so the company already has a recognised platform with international reach that would allow it to easily offer additional services and content. In a way, the company already is its own network.

    A boon or bust for consumers?

    As long as the company’s services remain easy to access across devices, Spotify will just have to lure the right talent to produce quality content.

    US consumers have shown their willingness to shell out for unedited, commercial-free video programing. That’s the plan that HBO successfully implimented in the 1990s with hits like Oz and The Sopranos (and continues to experiment with now), and what streaming services like Netflix and Amazon are just now beginning to flirt with.


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