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Spotify launch app store

Music service Spotify is expanding into the world of apps, the company announced at a New York press conference on Wednesday.

Spotify’s new app store will allow users to access things like music reviews, gig listings and editorial content within the service. There’s even one that gives you the lyrics of the song you’re listening to.

It is a big move for the company, and one that means it will be going head-to-head with Apple in more than just music.

The music streaming service is still in its relative infancy, but took a big step this year with its launch into the US market.

Spotify now has 2.5 million paying subscribers, and is using this customer base to expand into the global music market and make a name for itself.

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If Spotify’s first ever press conference was anything to go by, the company already see themselves as big web contender.

Held in New York on Wednesday, the conference was reminiscent of Facebook and Apple’s concert-like events, with Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek having more than a hint of Steve Jobs about him.

Writing in a blog post, Ek said: “Spotify Apps are a bunch of cool, exciting and integrated apps inside Spotify, created by some of the best and brightest in the world. Each app brings you a new music experience tailored to you.”

A total of 12 apps have so far been created, which are currently only available in a beta version of the service.

The apps featured in the store include ones from Rolling Stone, Last.fm, Guardian, and Pitchfork.  Users can access the store through the left-hand sidebar on Spotify.

The store is obviously at the very early stage in its development, and Spotify say new apps will be developed and added all the time.

Currently, the apps are only available for the desktop version of Spotify. But if all goes to plan, mobile Spotify users will soon have access. So watch this space!


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