Wednesday 7 December 2016

Spotify launching video service

Paul Mallon

Published 25/01/2016 | 02:49

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The Spotify music streaming service is about to expand on its operations by offering up video content on the Android platform

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Spotify is pretty much the king of music streaming, with millions of people around the world using their free and paid for services to listen to billions of tracks every year. Now those users are going to be getting even more content with the launch of video.

The content is coming to the Android app first and it sounds like there will a new dedicated channel, bringing in streaming video from the likes of the BBC, Comedy Central and ABC. There doesn't seem to be a charge at this point, though we're not sure if it will be available to all users, or how they're going to handle videos which are blocked in certain regions.

Spotify hasn't commented on the news yet, but video has been a rumoured addition for the last year or so. It's a way to combat the popularity of YouTube, which also offers plenty of music playback and for the much more appealing price of free, though there are plenty of annoying ads. To begin with, there won't be any popups on Spotify but expect some kind of advertising to become a feature in the not so distant future.

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