Spotify readying browser-based version

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Spotify is preparing to launch a browser-based version of its popular music service, according to a report.

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It's unknown whether the new product will replace the current desktop version, which requires downloading a player, TechCrunch reported, citing unnamed sources. Spotify is currently available by way of the downloadable desktop software, or by mobile app.

A browser-based version of Spotify would be available to users on any PC, rather than just the one with the downloaded player.

According to TechCrunch's sources, Spotify is also working to improve the ways that users can discover new music. Spotify listeners can already subscribe to non-friends' playlists, but TechCrunch said that the service will probably start suggesting various lists to follow, and "may try to recruit big-name celebrities, musicians and DJs to share playlists".

Spotify may also tweak its pricing to encourage mobile use, TechCrunch reported.

Spotify has recently been readying to take on Pandora, the web-based streaming service that lets users set up "radio stations" by choosing songs or artists they like, and having the service play similar tunes. Spotify, which began as an exclusively on-demand service, where users search for particular songs and albums and play them, launched its own Pandora-like "radio" version for its desktop player in May. It then brought the "radio" model to its iOS app in June, and its Android app in July.


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