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Apps are old-school: on the desktop anyway. Launching a browser-based version of its popular music service could let Spotify reach more users and allow people to access its services from multiple locations.

Spotify, At The Steven Weiss Gallery, New York

Spotify is every bit a modern music service, except for one thing: in order to use it on a PC or Mac, you have to download an application. That may be no big deal for users of smartphones or tablets (who seem to enjoy Spotify’s mobile apps), but it’s still a little weird on a desktop or laptop.

And so, a report that Spotify plans to release a browser-based version of its service makes a fair amount of sense.

TechCrunch reported Saturday that Spotify–the brainchild of Daniel Lorentzon and Daniel Elk–will release a web service in the near future that will allow users to log in to their Spotify accounts from any PC or Mac to stream music. The report said that the service will likely add a few new music-discovery features as well.

While the apps-vs.-web question may still be an ongoing debate in mobile development (with apps leading the way in most cases), web-delivered experiences have come to define most of what we do on PCs and Macs these days. Going to a browser-oriented version could help Spotify sign up more users and could also make for a more interesting experience when playlists can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.

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  1. Owns Many Hats Sunday, September 9, 2012

    I have to say I rather like it as a desktop app. I don’t have to search for it in my sea of browser tabs, since it’s always there in my task bar.

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  2. I would say that its ‘modernity’ lies in the fact that it skipped the browser development in the 1st place

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  3. maybe i am unusual but a really prefer PC apps to browser apps for thing running for long periods of time in the background(how i play music)

    web are nice for mobile phone however since there are more platform choices and if done in HTML5 a mobile could potentially work across multiple platforms.

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