At this point it’s probably easier to keep count of the devices that Spotify hasn’t weaseled its way onto, but you can hardly blame the company for hustling. Today, Spotify has announced that it has brought its streaming music service to yet another hardware line — users of TiVo’s Premiere series DVRs can now get their Katy Perry fix without having to leave their television’s comforting embrace.
Of course, the usual caveats apply: you’ll need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber to get any real use out of it. A majority of Spotify’s users lean on the service’s free, ad-supported offering to get their musical fix — only about 25% of Spotify’s 20 million users actually pay for it, as CEO/co-founder Daniel Ek revealed earlier this month — but a fondness for pinching pennies won’t fly here.
What’s more, TiVo doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to offering well-designed media applications. The company’s Netflix app has driven a few users to near madness for instance, as has the YouTube app meant for use with the TiVo Premiere. The jury’s still out on Spotify’s app though — what screenshots the company has made available don’t look too bad at all, though I’m always wary when users are forced to rely on relatively simple remotes to navigate through vast stores of content. If you’ve got a TiVo Premiere and you’re itching to take Spotify for a test run, it should pop up in your Music & Photos menu within the next 24 hours if it hasn’t already.
Spotify has created a lightweight software application that allows instant listening to specific tracks or albums with virtually no buffering delay. It was launched in the fall of 2008 and had approximately 10 million users by September 2010. Spotify offers streaming music from major and independent record labels including Sony, EMI, Warner Music Group, and Universal. Users download Spotify and then log onto their service enabling the on-demand streaming of music. Music can be browsed by artist, album, record...