Spotify claims ignorance over Spotigate scandal

UPDATE 22/09/2010 16:38 BST: A Microsoft spokesperson has got in touch with THINQ to state that "having looked into the issue," the company "has taken steps to remove the Windows 7 playlist generator from the Spotifyads.com site" - bringing the Spotigate saga to a close, but with no sign of an apology for the developer of Spotibot.

Spotify's head of communications has popped his head above the parapet to speak to THINQ regarding the on-going Spotigate scandal - and it's far from the explanation fans of the service were hoping for.

Speaking to us via e-mail, Jim Butcher - the head honcho in the company's PR department - confirmed that the Windows 7 Playlist Generator on Spotify, which fans accuse of being a near-direct copy of the popular not-for-profit Spotibot site, "is an advertising campaign running on Spotify."

Butcher goes on to lay the blame - if any blame need be apportioned - for the work firmly at the feet of an unnamed advertising firm, which he claims has "taken advantage of our [Spotify's] APIs" in order to create the advertising-based service.

Distancing his company from the project, Butcher stated that "we [Spotify] weren't directly involved in developing the campaign," and thus cannot be blamed for any similarities between the advertising campaign and Andy Smith's Spotibot service.

Butcher wouldn't get drawn into details regarding the many coincidences in design between the two, except to confirm that the Windows 7 Playlist Generator is "similar to a number of previous examples of 'playlist generator' campaigns" - including Spotibot.

We are currently awaiting details of the advertising company involved, and will update this article as soon as more information emerges.