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With the update on 16th July of the Spotify App for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, let’s take another look at Spotify’s relationship with the Apple TV. Just as we reported back in March, Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, is further enhanced when used in conjunction with your Apple TV. Two massive developments have occurred since we published that article – the announcement of the forthcoming iOS 5 (the already released beta version for developers) and the arrival of Spotify in one of the world’s largest music markets, the USA.

So what does it all mean for Apple TV users? Let’s start with Spotify in the US. If you haven’t already jumped on board, do it now. Spotify is almost too good to be true. A music catalogue of over 15 million tunes streamed to your computer for free with advertisements or, for a small monthly fee, ad free and to your mobile device. Easy-to-navigate and user friendly, Spotify can be as simple as searching for your favourite artist and listening to everything in their back catalogue or explore similar (or completely different) artists and expand your musical knowledge. It’s great to create playlists and share them with friends, allowing them to add to it or alternatively keep them uneditable. It’s an amazing service, and like many of life’s great experiences, you’d think it was illegal. But, of course, it’s not.

For $4.99 a month you can listen without advertisements and for $9.99 a month you can enhance the sound quality and have it on your mobile device. It caches the music to allow you to listen when offline – great when sitting on the subway or anywhere out of range. Of course no music service would be complete if it didn’t scrobble to your account and nothing theses days is complete if it doesn’t link to Facebook. Spotify ticks both these boxes as well as connecting directly to your itunes account to allow you to access your personal library as well. Like I said, all aboard the Spotify train! Check out the Spotify App here.

Back in March we talked about playing Spotify through a third party app on your Mac/PC called Airfoil. Once installed, Airfoil allowed you to stream audio from your computer to your Apple TV at the click of a button. Presuming you have a great audio system hooked up through your Apple TV, it meant Spotify became a great source for home entertainment. It worked seamlessly and still does.

What about iOS5? What will this mean for Spotify? With the soon to be released iOS5 and it’s mirroring capabilities, we’re likely to see two things happen. Spotify for your iPad has been on the cards for months now and on 16th July the update to the Spotify app on iTunes promised to “Stream millions of tracks from thousands of albums and artists to your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.” What this will mean is by utilising mirroring from iOS5 on the iPad2, you’ll get the Spotify interface on your TV. Perhaps not a massive game changer, however, with the add-ons such as Utubify, your playlists come to life on Youtube with corresponding videos and further options to view live, acoustic or karaoke versions for all your tracks that are available.

What’s more, now that Spotify is in the US, we can expect to see an influx of add-ons and extras from developers keen to take advantage of a great music service and the benefits of iOS5.

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