Thursday, May 5, 2011

Look out Apple: Spotify is coming after iTunes users

Music streaming service Spotify has a major announcement... and it's not the date of its US launch. The company announced Wednesday morning 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. Normally, 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.

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