Spotify – The music streaming service has come with a major announcement. Recently the company announced that it would begin offering iTunes and iPod integration to users, with a bonus MP3 store for those who want to purchase the songs they have been streaming. With this move, Spotify is aggressively courting Apple’s vast user base, possibly in preparation for its long-anticipated launch in the US.
The first part of Spotify’s announcement involves integration with “classic” style iPods, such as the iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle.
Usually the users can only manage the playlists for those devices through iTunes software on the Mac or Windows, but Spotify says that users can now plug in their devices and have them appear in the Spotify sidebar for song management. From there, you can sync your Spotify playlists and any MP3s you have in them to your iPod, just like you would through iTunes.
Also, it has announced that a new music download service will go hand-in-hand with its streaming service. Now, when users spend time crafting their streaming playlists, they can purchase (some of) those songs directly from Spotify in order to sync them with their non-streaming devices.
According to an update from Spotify, they said that the iPod syncing feature is not limited to premium subscribers after, but the Premium Offline mode is not available to the iPod.
For that reason, it marks a slight shift from Spotify’s original business model, which was to offer various levels of streaming service, and puts it more into competition with traditional download services like iTunes and Amazon.
For us, it seems like Spotify is giving iPod users more software and syncing options and allows iPhone and Android users to sync their music in wireless that certainly can’t be done through iTunes yet. However, it sure is making many of us here in the US want to try out Spotify more than ever.