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Spotify wants to be the YouTube of music

By 04.11.12

We’re a little skeptical of Spotify, not least because it’s blatantly designed to feed Facebook your precise tastes in music. We’re not kidding: why do you think you can only log into it if you have a Facebook account? But, privacy violations of the weirdly intimate sort aside, Spotify is very popular, and now it wants to be the Internet’s radio. How? By including an embeddable “Play Button.”

Spotify Play Button


Of course, we already have an embeddable play button: it’s called YouTube. But the idea behind Spotify’s button is that YouTube videos tend to be pirated, technically speaking; nobody’s collecting royalties from them. Of course, Spotify’s links will basically be free for the listener as well, but we guess collecting statistics makes up for the potential loss of revenue.

The key integration of the feature that we like, though, is the fact that if you’re listening to Spotify, and click one of these player links, instead of two songs suddenly playing at once, the player switches the song over on the app. Now if it would only do it for annoying ads.

Spotify introduces Play Button [Engadget]

About Dan Seitz... Dan Seitz is a semi-professional nerd (he'll have to code a homebrew game for the NES before he goes pro). He grew up fiddling with video game systems, computers, cameras, and other technology you should never hand to an eight-year-old if you want it back in pristine condition. Currently, he lives in Boston with his girlfriend, her cat, a Shih Tzu, and far too many objects with processors.
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