has been trying to break into the US for some time now, but they have continually had difficulties obtaining the necessary licenses to do so from the music industry. Now it seems that Spotify has found a way into the US by teaming with music discovery app developer, Shazam
. Currently, Shazam Encore
($5.99) users can access Spotify, by using the new “Play in Spotify” feature. These features will also be available in the free version of Shazam by the end of the first quarter of this year.
Spotify made a name for itself by offering people free streaming music with a slick user interface rivaling that of Apple’s iTunes. Last year Spotify missed several self-imposed deadlines in bringing the service to the US, but at long last, Spotify is finally coming to the America. Just not quite in the way that we expected.
According to the Spotify blog
, “Integrating Spotify into Shazam’s applications combines music discovery with one of the world’s most popular music streaming services, providing a seamless experience for music fans at the point of inspiration in any location,” says Andrew Fisher, CEO of Shazam. “Spotify is delivering an innovative, high quality experience to music lovers and we’re excited to bring the Spotify service to Shazam.”
With music still being downloaded illegally across the globe, Spotify touts itself as an alternative to music piracy. Apple’s iTunes is the largest online music retailer in the world, but so far they have not been able to offer music lovers a subscription service as of yet. With Spotify teaming with Shazam, people now have another option to listening to music legally without having to pay for each and every track. Hopefully, Shazam and Spotify will be able to avoid some of the troubles other music streaming services such as Grooveshark
have had to endure. After being banished from the App Store last year, Grooveshark finally had to release its app in the Cydia store instead. Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself.
Update: Unfortunately, Spotify is only being added to Shazam in a few select countries, not including the US. "‘Play in Spotify’ integrates with the Spotify Premium App in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Spain and the Netherlands."
Source: 9to5 Mac