Spotify adds web button: Just push... Play
Like SoundCloud, but with added ColdPlay
Spotify is launching a web widget that allows instant access to songs in its catalogue. As with SoundCloud, anyone can embed the Play button in their pages, from garden-shed bloggers to established web publishers. Only Spotify subscribers will be able to hear the song, however.
And through some inexplicable technical sorcery, the song will continue to play after the browser tab containing the widget has been closed. Who knows how that works* – perhaps the band pops down to your house? [Enough sarcasm – Ed.]
The biggest instant access music jukebox remains YouTube. There's very little that YouTube doesn't have – thanks to its forgetful takedown policy – and lots that Spotify doesn't have.
You can find out more here. ®
*The Play button fires up the Spotify app. If you don't have the Spotify app, you'll be prompted to download it. Not really magic at all, then.
I had a similar opinion of youtube for music until recently, actually go and give it an honest test. There is pretty much nothing that isnt on there. The older stuff will of course be awful quality but i can list 5 songs that ive heard on YouTube and quality was so awful, i hunted down either a 2nd hand vinyl or a legal digital version. Either way, the artist got money from me listening on you tube, then buying a digital version (okay so i screwed them on the vinyl but thats the way it goes)
Spotify just screws everyone with their 0.0012p per play royalty.
Anyway - back on topic.
This isnt a playing widget at all then is it? Its just a shortcut link to open the spotify app with a song or playlist attached? Nothing like what the soundcloud app does.
Is my hate for spotify showing? Yeah, thought so.
I'd take Soundcloud over spotify anyday, exciting new music from up and commers or... Bluurghhhh
I really wish that Spotify would prioritise some of their resources to fix their mobile apps -- for their paying subscribers -- before rolling out more web applications! Adding the music discovery features that the desktop client has long had would be a great start...