I’ve been using Spotify’s iPhone application on my iPad for as long as I can remember, and while it works well and gets the job done, I’d love to see a Spotify app built specifically for the larger device. And I’m pretty certain I’m not alone on this.
Thankfully, Spotify has revealed that it already has an iPad application in the works, and its launch isn’t too far away. In an interview with Pocket-lint, Spotify U.K.’s managing director, Chris Maples, described the iPad app as “a priority” for the company, and promised it’s “absolutely in the pipeline.”
“Our goal is to have Spotify available on every device possible and we’re working on new apps all the time,” Maples added. “We launched recently on Virgin Media’s TiVo platform and our fundamental philosophy is anytime, anywhere. Consumers make no differentiation between devices and we want our service to be available on any device that people want it on.”
That’s promising to those who don’t use iPads and are still waiting for Spotify to reach their chosen platform, though the service already has an impressive reach, with applications available on many Android, BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows Phone devices.
Despite opening up its API to third-party developers, Maples says that Spotify does now want to go down the Android route and have thousands of Spotify apps that could damage its brand, and do nothing to promote its ecosystem:
“We operate a really clean, smooth service and we want that to continue. We will, therefore, have high quality thresholds. We’ll be pretty rigorous in making sure that when apps launch, that they will be adding value to our service.”
While Spotify has no plans to build its own hardware, Maples hinted that it would not rule out the chance to follow Amazon by producing its own devices:
“At the moment we’re absolutely not a manufacturing business but if consumers demand something cool that we should create ourselves and we think we could do it better than anyone else, who knows?”
Unfortunately, Maples didn’t provide a release date for the Spotify app for iPad, but he did promise that it would be available soon. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the App Store for it.
Will you be looking forward to Spotify on the iPad?