Spotify has been a run away success. There is no doubt about that. However, unlike some other music streaming services, it lacked a browser-based player. For those that work in an office, where downloading apps to their machine is often frowned upon, this was a major drawback, though any IT professional will tell you otherwise. Well, good news. Today, Spotify began to roll out their beta browser-based music player.
It’s not clear who gets access, but you’ll need to login using your Spotify or Facebook credentials. We hit the above link and instantly had access to the web-based player. The UI, or interface is not a carbon copy of the Spotify app, but it most certainly draws from it. Apps aren’t available, but your saved playlists are fully accessible, as is Spotify’s search and radio features. In fact, the experience is a bit more succinct than the app (some of the clutter has been removed) and layers windows on top of each other that open extremely fast and seamlessly. Upon selecting an album a window slides in, and when a track is selected for playback a player window slides into place on the far right portion of the screen. There is no word on stream quality and nor is there a setting to modify this, as found in the standalone app.
We’re paying members of Spotify’s Premium service, allowing us to access it on our phones and stream music at 320Kbps. It’s not clear if those with free accounts will have to wait longer to access the web player, but drop us a comment if you get in, or not.