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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. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Have you tried SimplePlayer?
      I really dont dig the UI and their catalog is limited but how can you go wrong for .99 one time payment? Even the free version is fine.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      It works great for me. The price is on time too. iTunes needs to release a subscription already.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I cant wait for an iTunes option
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      They really are falling behind.
    1. andsoitgoes's Avatar
      andsoitgoes -
      Quote Originally Posted by ihappy View Post
      I agree. I see no Spotify button on my Shazam Encore
      As was noted, it woould be available first quarter of the year. The way it was worded seemed to state that it was available now, but if you look again it was just due to poor wording.

      Regardless, now that I've gone SoundHound, programs like Shazam aren't appealing to me. SoundHound is a top quality program with better results.

      And really, who wants to play one song on its own, only after listening to it? Or wants to keep a weird history?

      I'll stick with Pandora and my free VPN service when I'm on the go.

      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I cant wait for an iTunes option
      ^--- this.

      Zune... man, Zune sucked for many things, but the ZunePass was epic, and I didn't even have the ability to get it, being in Canada. It was one of the smartest things out there and I honestly believe that it would put a huge dent in piracy of music.

      Netflix has gone a long way in combatting that as well, and the Zunepass system is the same, IMO. If itunes can do that... I swear, I'll give them an arm and a leg.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      wHAT htc PHONE IS THAT? lOOKS SEXY.

      Quote Originally Posted by 1shuttle1 View Post
      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.
      Based on their revised appstore guidelines, they wouldn't deny this JUST for the reason you specified.
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      It works great for me. The price is on time too. iTunes needs to release a subscription already.
      Yes they do. I would gladly pay $30/month for unlimited iTunes access. Give me an iTunes subscription and a 64gb iPhone 4 and I'd be in heaven
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by billchase2 View Post
      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...
      Five dollars a month! I remember having to buy the app when I got my ip4 but not a monthy charge.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by EskimoRuler View Post
      Five dollars a month! I remember having to buy the app when I got my ip4 but not a monthy charge.
      What? I use a free version and it works just fine... I think it might limit the number of searches per month (5 maybe?) but I find I use it once a month, if that. FWIW soundhound does the same thing unless you buy the paid version...
    1. pdiddy21502's Avatar
      pdiddy21502 -
      I have Shazam encore and i do not have a spotify option either