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  • Spotify is Coming to Shazam


    Spotify 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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Spotify is Finally Coming to America via Shazam started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Shazam is one of the best music apps out. There's nothing better than being in your car listening to the radio, then hearing a song that you love and wondering "what is the name of this song"?, and then..... Pow!!!!! Here comes my phone with all the answers! + a video from YouTube if wanted.

      Shazam is one of my favorite apps! Can't fathom how they could make it any better than it already is.
    1. HANO009's Avatar
      HANO009 -
      Im so sorry to say this but i live in sweden and turns out that when you press the button ¨play in spotify¨ it just redirects you to the track inside of the spotify app witch is not available in america and wont be for some time. :/

      sorry.

      // Hano
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      This will never fly with Apple. Why do you think iTunes is the first choice after you Shazam song? I'm sure that was their biggest selling point. Now you can listen to that same song for free. I don't think so.
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      I think the writer got a little too excited and may want to check his information.
    1. ihappy's Avatar
      ihappy -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2a View Post
      I think the writer got a little too excited and may want to check his information.
      I agree. I see no Spotify button on my Shazam Encore
    1. soulthoughts's Avatar
      soulthoughts -
      If only I used shazam. I prefer sound hound.
    1. cellmate75's Avatar
      cellmate75 -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      If only I used shazam. I prefer sound hound.
      +1
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I stopped using Shazam when my unlimited service automatically switched to the 5 a month plan after upgrading to the iPhone 4. Sound Hound for me...
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      ^ Stitched from Shazam to Sound Hound as well.
    1. ihaveabu's Avatar
      ihaveabu -
      so the agreement is that people can't pick and choose what they want to hear. the only way to listen using spotify is to have heard the song somewhere else first (radio, etc)

      lolllllll
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I cant wait for Spotify to hit the US but I doubt its happening this way
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I, too, use sound hound. I tag the song in Soundhound and then use SimplePlayer to find it and listen to it. Shazaam headed in the wrong direction for me.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I am more of a Soundhound person myself too
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      I use Spotify in the uk, and honestly it's not that great .. :/
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I really enjoy rdio. I wonder how they compare
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Have you tried SimplePlayer?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      No I havent
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I'm not quite sure how it is legal, but you type in an artist, it scans the web creating a playlist, and then you stream it.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Ill look into it
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by soulthoughts View Post
      If only I used shazam. I prefer sound hound.
      +2