Spotify Partners With Samsung to Provide TV-based Music Streaming
BY John McDermott
The Swedish music-streaming company hopes to have its service on Samsung "smart" TVs by the end of the year.
Swedish band Coby Core plays at the Spotify offices.
Spotify has signed a deal with Samsung to offer its own version of music television.
The deal will allow people to use the Swedish music-streaming service via their Samsung smart TVs. Samsung's E-series televisions will be outfitted with a Spotify software application, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The application will be lauched "shortly" in several European countries including France, Germany, Scandinavia and the U.K., the Journal reports. There was no timetable offered for when the application will be offered in the U.S.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, and requests for comment sent to Samsung and Spotify were not returned at time of press.
The deal seems to be part of Spotify's attempt to make its service accessible on a host of electronic devices.
Using the television application will require a Spotify Premium subscription ($9.99 per month), which also allows users unlimited, advertisment-free streaming on their desktops and smartphones, and to download songs on their smartphones for offline use.
Spotify will not be the only music streaming application available on Samsung TVs, however.
The Spotify-Samsung deal comes a week after Rhapsody, a music-sreaming competitor, announced it would make its service available on LG, Panasonic, and Samsung smart TVs. Pandora, which offers personalized online radio stations, is has been available on Samsung smart TVs since late 2010.
JOHN MCDERMOTT is a business and culture reporter whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Playboy and on AOL.com. He recently moved from Chicago to Brooklyn, New York, to work for Inc.com. @J_M_McDermott