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Spotify for browsers

Status: Implemented
by djazz on ‎14-02-2012 04:09 PM
Andres (Employee) over 3 years ago:
"We have no plans to make a browser based version, we feel we can provide a much better product with an app and offer features which wouldn't be possible via a web browser."
Today, webapps are the most spread apps, as they work the same across devices (cross platform).
Three years ago, it would be difficult to build Spotify for browsers, because it would require APIs that you could not simply access from JavaScript. Today, with HTML5, APIs exists for:

Today, Google Chrome (the world's second largest browser) got all of these APIs and more (except WebRTC, but it's in the dev build, so it will soon be here too). Chrome even have it's own built-in appstore (Chrome Web Store) where users can install extension/apps, without having to restart their browser.

 

Another approach to get Spotify to the web is to use Native Client (NaCl) to compile C/C++ code for the web. An example is the game Bastion that was compiled with NaCl to run in Chrome.

This would be the easiest way for the Spotify developers, as they only had to tweak their code very little to make it compile with NaCl.

 

( Offtopic: I made a chrome extension for Spotify, which convert spotify links to links with mouseover info, for example image of the album, artist name, title of track, popularity. Get it HERE. Thank you :] )

Status: Implemented

 

Hello folks!

Now you can try our brand new web player at spotify.com

The web player will be a bonus if you can’t - or don’t want to - download our app. So whether you’re at the office, or round at a friend’s house, simply log in to your account and hit play. You can play the entire Spotify catalogue directly from any supported web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer are all included. The web player is available to all users, whether you’re Free, Unlimited or Premium.

Enjoy it!

Comments
by RaphaelJolivet on ‎14-02-2012 04:46 PM

Thanks,

 

Great detailed list of the new features of HTML5.

 

This would enable to develop Web App with all the P2P features necessary for Spotify.


I hope for Spotify that they will take this path of webapps for all devices instead of losing time and money into gazillions of dedicated desktop & mobile applications that are never up to date.


This makes the community angry while the solution is already there : STANDARDS !
 

by On on ‎15-02-2012 04:07 PM
I totally agree, this would also allow for people who don't want to install the software an opportunity to check out Spotify. I'm sure there'd be an increase in users.
by bradavon on ‎17-02-2012 07:51 PM

I'd prefer Spotift concentrate on their Desktop and Mobile browsers but some sort of website would be useful.

 

It doesn't have to be particularly pretty, as long as we can login, play our playlists or even just search frankly. It could be more of a hobbie.

by Community Manager on ‎23-02-2012 10:50 AM
Status changed to: Case Closed
I just wanted to keep everyone updated by reiterating what Andres said. We have no plans to release a browser-based version of Spotify anytime soon. We feel we can provide a better service with an application, instead of a browser based version. Please keep the feedback coming on this idea.
by spotify95 on ‎25-02-2012 07:29 PM

Yes, please can we have an app for spotify for google chrome? Really need it because i am looking at whether i should buy a chromebook or not, and chromebook needs an app. thank you

by Maga on ‎01-03-2012 09:40 AM

Hi,

 

 Today I can't use Spofify when I am connected on my compagny network because of restriction. 

 Having access to my Spotify through a WEB pages, like Deezer does :smileyhappy:, will solve the problem.

 

 Marc

by rainboy on ‎03-03-2012 11:03 AM

It is a must for work computers where you are not allowed to install any applications on or use USB sticks.

Not only would it be easier to develop it would also be much cheaper in the long run for spotify (instead of creating a player for every single OS there will be in the future, only one needs to be updated. Hello Investors !! its your money!).

by RonUSMC on ‎20-03-2012 12:40 PM

Sometimes I'm on a machinet that i either can't install the software on, or I don't want to install the software. Why not make a web based version to use in those circumstances.

 

I'm thinking the same lines as Spotify on Boxee.

by jonaspas on ‎21-03-2012 10:57 AM

I absolutely agree to all those who consider a browser-based version of spotify as a necessity! There are many computers where you can't install extra-software.

by inter-man on ‎21-03-2012 05:14 PM

I would love it, to listen music via Spotify at work. But without a browser based player, I have to stick to simfy, which has a quit good browser player, but an awful desktop player.

 

Make a browser player, and i will switch to Spotify.

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