Spotify Is Testing A Web Player That We'll Probably See Next Year

If you've been looking for a way to stream Spotify tracks without having to use the standalone app, that day may come sooner than later: Spotify has confirmed with us that it has begun testing the feature with a small audience.

A web-based version of Spotify has been a rumour for a while now, and rumblings of the beta rollout first popped up on The Verge this morning, who cited an unnamed source close to the company. Spotify's Graham James then provided the following confirmation to Gizmodo:

Yes. I can confirm that we've launched a beta version of a Spotify web player that we're testing with a small number of users. Potentially it's a great additional feature for times you can't play music through the desktop app, like at work or at a friend's house. We'll have more detail on the web player next year.

Web-based access is something the Spotify app has needed for a long time, and its addition will make the service even more flexible as it competes against smaller services such as Rdio and MOG. Hopefully we'll see this early next year and not later in the year.


Comments

    Omg yay! I've wanted this for ages!

    This has been the one thing that has prevented me from jumping ship from rdio. Rdio's music catalogue continues to shrink (at least for Australians), but I don't want to have to download a client to stream music. Also, I'm hoping that the web interface won't steal your upload bandwidth the way that Spotify's client apparently does.

    I like spotify. But they have to stop treating their users like idiots.
    I Don't really have any issues with the desktop app, but there is a TON of functionality missing from the Android app.
    Not being able to pick where you want to save offline tracks is the main reason I don't have a premium account. Also lack of playlist sorting makes it pretty much impossible to find a specific song.
    As for a web app... I think I prefer a separate program. I don't want to have to search through my browser tabs to skip a song or something like that. Yes I know there a media buttons on keyboards but you know what I mean.
    It's no different than using windows media player or winamp or whatever. they are separate media programs.
    Personally I don't see the need for a webapp.

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