Spotify confirms beta test of web player, should launch next year
15th Nov 2012 | 16:09
Whoa oh whoa, listen to the music
Spotify is currently testing a beta version of a web player for its services, the company confirmed, paving the way for users to stream music outside its standalone app.
The test is only out to a small group at the moment, though everyone else should get to tune in sometime next year.
"We can confirm we've launched a beta version of a Spotify web player that we're testing with a small number of users," Jim Butcher of Spotify told TechRadar.
"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's words confirm a report from earlier Thursday that such a web-based service was in the works.
According to that report, the web app, unlike mobile versions, will run on a "freemium" model, meaning users don't have to sign up for a monthly subscription but do have to tolerate ads and usage limits.
Music lovers waiting for tunes that they can hear without a downloadable desktop app should spell huge revenue and cultural cache for Spotify.
Some details are still missing from the development - such as whether you can use the web version in a mobile browser - but TechRadar will keep its ear to the ground and bring you all the latest.