April 20, 2012

Spotify: The iPad App is 'in the works'

Spotify could be on the verge of announcing an app for the iPad – and not before time.

Speculation that the Swedish music-streaming service would create an iPad app has been circulating since its iPhone app first came out in the summer of 2009 and a special announcement by the company is due to take place overnight.

The Spotify iPad App has an overlapping pane interface that will be familiar if you use the Twitter iPad app. There’s a sidebar that has icons for Search, What’s New, Inbox, Playlists and Friends. At the bottom of the screen is a bar that shows you the track that is being played with controls for playing and pausing the music and skipping tracks.

Spotify has an ‘Idea Exchange’ section on its community website and the most popular idea is an iPad app, so there is clearly demand for such an app. In February, the idea was listed as being ‘under consideration’ though this has since been changed to ‘planned’. However, Spotify has not made any official announcement about an iPad app.

Spotify’s announcement will take place in New York on Wednesday 18 April at 12 noon ET.

Though Spotify’s iOS app is compatible with the iPad, it is a universal app designed to run on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

In addition to the announcement, Spotify recently launched a play button for embedding across the Web and a listen button to artist pages on Facebook.

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