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Spotify launches beta web application

Good news, Linux users
Mon Nov 19 2012, 09:57
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MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify launched its long-rumoured internet application over the weekend.

On Thursday Spotify confirmed that it was working on a web application, essentially a web browser based version of its Windows and Mac apps, in an interview with The Independent. According to the interview, the web application is in beta testing and will be available at some point next year.

However, we found that were able to access the web application at play.spotify.com over the weekend, a link which quickly circulated Twitter, by logging into Spotify using our Facebook account, and the link still seems to be working.

The beta app is fully functional and let us access our playlists, search for tracks and artists and to fire up Spotify radio. It looks great, offering an easy to manipulate user interface that looks just as good as the dedicated app.

It's worth noting, however, that we logged in with our Premium account, and it's likely you won't be able to log in at all unless you have a Spotify subscription.

Although we were accessing the app on a Mac computer, the launch of this service will mean that those using Linux and Chrome OS, for example, will now be able to access it too. It will also be great for those who are unable to access the service at work, as it can now be slyly hidden in a web browser window.

Speaking on Thursday, a spokesperson for the company said, "We can confirm 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 details on the web player next year."

Spotify has not yet responded to our request for comment. µ

 

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