By now, nearly everyone has heard of Spotify, the music streaming service that allows you to listen to music from just about any artist for free. Similar to 8tracks, Spotify streams music to users and gives free users a limited number of skips to ensure that all artists get equal exposure, and users can listen to playlists generated by the service based on what they like, or chart-toppers and user-generated playlists. It grew to fame as a desktop service, playing on just about any browser, but it wasn’t until it launched on mobile markets that it truly saw its popularity and usage skyrocket.
This should come as no surprise, as Gaming Realms, mobile casino developers and operators, have said that smartphone and tablet user installed bases were expected to exceed PC installed bases in 2013, and we’ve used our phones for playing music since the function was incorporated. Rather than downloading albums and songs from iTunes, however, Spotify provided a much more lightweight alternative, and it could be used for free, so its popularity was to be expected.
Just before March ended, however, Spotify showed just how serious it was about dominating the music industry, announcing that it had just launched a service in cooperation with Sony PlayStation systems. The partnership was announced earlier this year, but it took over two months before the service was officially launched. “We know how important music is to our community of gamers, and this partnership combines the best in music with the best in gaming,” Sony wrote in a blog post in January. “PlayStation Network users will enjoy the convenience of linking your accounts to Spotify, making it easy to sign-up with your existing ID and subscribe to Spotify’s Premium service. You can also use Spotify while playing games on PS4, enabling you to soundtrack your gaming sessions with your favorite songs in the background.”
Of course, keeping in line with both Spotify and PlayStation’s current pushes towards mobile use, Spotify music can be controlled with the Spotify app on your phone, and you can still link your console to your phone with the PlayStation app for further control. This marks another monumental victory for Spotify, and it seems the streaming service is here to stay, despite news saying otherwise.