Ever since Spotify
launched in the U.S. last year it’s been rapidly acquiring subscribers, who have been enjoying the music streaming service on computers, mobile devices, and even A/V receivers. Spotify offers, among other features, the ability to create “radio stations”--just like Pandora
Spotify presence in the U.S. is not good for Pandora, but the two services differed fundamentally in that the former functions as an application on a device while the latter is Web-based and accessible from a browser. Unfortunately for Pandora, Spotify is about to change that by launching a browser-based version of its own service, according to TechCrunch.
In addition to allowing users to access their Spotify accounts from any Web-connected device with a browser, the revamped Spotify will also reportedly include an increased focus on discovery, with more suggestions for artists and albums and a greater emphasis on following various individual’s playlists. There may also be a change in price plans, with the premium option dropping from $9.99 to $8 per month.
Spotify isn’t Pandora’s only problem this week, though; the service’s stock price took a nasty tumble--down 17%--on the news that Apple is considering launching its own Internet radio service