Spotify will release a beta version of a web-based music client on Thursday, according to a report from The Verge. The interface will offer similarities to the desktop client, which is available on Mac OS X and Windows computers, and will include Spotify Radio support, search, and an area called “What’s New” that allows users to browse the latest album releases.
As The Verge points out, a web-based player will be a great alternative to anyone who isn’t able to download and install applications, such as those in workplace environments who don’t have permission from the IT department. It will also go toe-to-toe with other web based clients, including Rdio and even Pandora, which offers a competing streaming radio feature. The final version may not be ready for a few months, but we’re hoping we’ll be able to check it out shortly.
Looks like we now know where the company will use that extra $100 million it raised.
Update: Spotify has confirmed the beta web client with the following statement:
We can confirm we’ve launched a beta version of a Spotify web player that we’re testing with a small number of users. Potentially it’s a great additional feature for times you can’t play music through the desktop app, like at work or at a friend’s house. We’ll have more detail on the web player next year.
[via The Verge]