Feeds

Spotify shows offline, Android smarts

I hope Apple don't block this, by Ek

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Spotify, the major labels' big bet for stopping P2P wickedness, has demonstrated an offline version of the service for the first time. It's running on a Google Android mobile phone at Google's I/O developer event. And as you can see, it provides fast and slick access to the music, just like the desktop client. The most interesting aspect is not that it's mobile - that's no surprise - it's the "offline mode" that's new. Playlists can be cached, which turns your phone into an MP3 player with Spotify as the default music client.

[For more detail click here for the widescreen, higher resolution version]

Playlists are instantly synced across desktop and mobile clients, and can be manipulated on either.

Spotify is working on several mobile versions - at The Great Escape in Brighton a fortnight ago, founder Daniel Ek confirmed an iPhone/iPod Touch version, but said he hoped Apple wouldn't block the app for competing with Apple's own iTunes store. His hopes were based on the precedent that Apple had not blocked Pandora or Last.fm applications.

But as we can see, Spotify isn't just a streaming service any more. The offline mode takes it right into iTunes territory. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
If there are any on our site it is not our fault as we are not a PUBLISHER
Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus
Italian boffins agree with popette's theory that haters are the real wrecking balls
Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015
Sources: time to put in plenty of clock-watching for' iWatch
Facebook to let stalkers unearth buried posts with mobe search
Prepare to HAUNT your pal's back catalogue
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?