Spotify has today unveiled their latest solution to take on Apple’s AirPlay alongside other wireless streaming features within various devices, called Spotify Connect, the new feature will add a new button to the company’s iPhone and IPad apps and allow users to stream music straight to a Spotify Connect speaker nearby.
But it will be done a little differently to that of other business, going down the AirPlay route, Spotify will be partnering with manufacturers like Argon, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel and Yamaha to create the speakers that will work with the new feature.
These speakers are expected to be unveiled during IFA 2013, but as of yet there’s no information on the speakers yet, but even better, the service may even work with current devices on the market with a simple firmware upgrade.
Once you do have it working, the you will only be able to stream content from Spotify itself not local MP3s, alongside which you will need a Premium account for it to work, and it will only work from a single device.
However because of the way the system works, streaming can be controlled from any Spotify app in the room, no matter the device and even if its signed into someone else account, and unlike Apple’s AirPlay your phone will still be available to be used whilst still using the service.
Spotify Connect will roll out the Spotify Premium subscribers on the iPhone, iPad and home audio systems in the coming months, with versions for Android and Desktops coming soon.