Will Apple Approve Streaming Music Service Spotify’s iPhone App?

Spotify for iPhone

Streaming music service Spotify has submitted their iPhone App to the App Store for approval.

If approved, it would bring more than 6 million songs on-demand, giving you the ability to create
and save ordered playlists of songs, and it will also allow you to save
your favorite songs offline so you can play them even when you're not
connected to the internet which Spotify considers is the killer feature of the app.

But only problem is that its widely speculated that Apple will reject the iPhone app.

Spotify already has a desktop client and currently available in Europe where it is hugely popular. They are planning to release their desktop version to users in US sometime soon.

The streaming music service is free, however you can upgrade to Spotify's ad-free premium service for $14 which also gives you access to their mobile apps including the iPhone app that has been submitted to Apple for approval.

They have published the video of the iPhone app in action:


As you can see from the demo video, the iPhone app seems to be very easy to use and based on initial feedback from folks who have got early access to the iPhone app, the app works very well over 3G.

If approved, it will also make Spotify for iPhone, the first official P2P iPhone app on the App Store. 

However, like other third party iPhone apps, Spotify's iPhone app will not be able to run in the background which will be a major drawback for a music streaming service. (iPhone users who have jailbroken their iPhone can use Backgrounder to run it in the background.)

It is widely speculated that the iPhone app will be rejected by Apple as it
would be direct competition to its iPod app and iTunes music store.

But Spotify's CEO is quite confident that it will get approved:

“We have a great relationship with Apple, think the iPhone is awesome and absolutely expect them to approve our app in the next few weeks. Apple has already approved several other music services such as Lastfm, Deezer and Pandora. We very much look forward to people being able to access their Spotify library wherever they might be and we’ve spent significant time and resources to ensure we’ve stuck to Apple’s developer guidelines point by point.”

Let's hope he is right. Please let us know what you think in the comments section below.

[via Spotify's blog]

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