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3 Network To Partner With Spotify On App?

Just within few days after the reports of a new Spotify’s iPhone app surfaced over the blogosphere, the free music streaming service has reportedly been in discussions with the mobile operator 3, in a bid to offer its mobile application to the mobile operator’s 4.4 million subscribers.

According to the reports from New Media Age, the two companies are in “advanced stages” of talks to bring the free music streaming service to Spotify’s premium account holders for both the new as well as old customers of the network operator.

New Media Age quoted a source apparently close to the discussions saying, “Conversations are taking place and we’re hopeful. It might be hard for Spotify to find a fit with another operator because of its existing commercial agreements, such as O2 and Apple.”

With the reports of Spotify’s arrival to the iPhone doing rounds, some users have opined that the service would cannibalise the sales of iTunes’ digital downloads from Apple’s signature App Store.

Incidentally, Spotify kicked off its drive to look for mobile apps developers to develop apps for iPhone, S60 and Google Android platform. Along the same line, a spokesperson for Spotify confirmed that the company was in discussions with “a range of partners in the UK”.

Our Comments

3 is possibly the most forward thinking network in the country simply because the very competitive nature of the mobile sector in UK forced it to adapt. A Spotify app, just like VoIP client on 3, would provide the network with a unique service that could attract even more customers.

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