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Spotify is close to launching a dedicated Roku channel, we’ve been told by a source familiar with both companies’ plans. The music subscription service could launch on Roku devices as early as next month. First screen shots of the channel’s UI look promising.

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Roku users will soon be able to access their Spotify playlists on the device: A dedicated Spotify channel for Roku is apparently close to being launched, I’ve been told by a source familiar with both companies’ plans.

The launch could happen as soon as next month, with mid-January 2012 being mentioned as another possibility. I’ve heard that the channel is basically ready to go, with the only hold-up being contractual negotiations between Roku and Spotify.

One should note that I haven’t been able to confirm these plans with either company. Spotify didn’t reply in time when asked about the app, and a Roku spokesperson told me that the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and potential partners.”

However, I do have two early-development screen shots of Spotify on Roku’s user interface:

Spotify has been working on bringing its platform into the living room and recently rolled out an app for the WD TV platform as well as Boxee’s. There has been a lot of demand for bringing Spotify to Roku as well, which means that a Spotify channel on the device could make many Roku owners very happy.

  1. Finally! Spotify is coming to Roku http://t.co/OQKALKbx

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  2. Spotify streams Ogg Vorbis, which is not compatible with Roku. Unless they are planning on streaming MP3, it ain’t gonna work.

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  3. Spotify is coming to Roku: http://t.co/FuXAuFDY

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  4. There is already a workaround written about on the forums to allow spotify to work on the Roku.
    http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=45392

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    1. Yeah, that was me. It requires that you transcode and stream from the computer. There’s 2 methods. Either DSBridge or VLC.

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  5. .@Spotify is coming to your @Rokuplayer sometime soon?! Awesome. http://t.co/qt6vnwzn

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  6. First look: Spotify is coming to Roku http://t.co/mMxP2sxP

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  7. Another point for #Roku. First look: Spotify is coming to Roku http://t.co/uVtMvfFw

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  8. RT @monotaga: Another point for #Roku. First look: Spotify is coming to Roku http://t.co/uVtMvfFw

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  9. RT @monotaga: Another point for #Roku. First look: Spotify is coming to Roku http://t.co/uVtMvfFw

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  10. First look: Spotify is coming to Roku http://t.co/h8UnryxR Make it so

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