Spotify: no imminent plans to launch a BlackBerry 10 app

News Richard Goodwin 21:59, 27 Apr 2013

First Netflix, now Spotify? Where is the BlackBerry 10 love?

Spotify will not be coming to BlackBerry 10 anytime soon, the music-streaming company has revealed. That means BlackBerry Z10 users, at least for the time being, are stuck uploading songs and albums the old fashioned way: via SD Card and internal memory.

Spotify, now available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, is one of the most popular music services of its kind. Available in a variety of modes: free, ad-free, and premium ad-free, with the latter being the most mobile friendly as it allows you to download tracks for offline listening.

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins waxed lyrical about the number of apps BlackBerry 10 would have at launch. It had Angry Birds for instance, the New York Times, and USA Today, as well as Foursquare, Twitter, and Facebook. There were notable absentees, however, like the promised WhatsApp, the only film reference utility you’ll ever need, IMDb, and of course Netflix.

BlackBerry assured us more apps were on the way, but we now know that Netflix has no plans to develop for the platform, which is a huge blow – Netflix is available for everything. Even Windows RT. Couple that with Spotify and you have a serious - one that'll likely be noticed.

‘We're always looking to bring Spotify to new and interesting platforms and continue to monitor user feedback, but we've no imminent plans to launch a BlackBerry 10 app,’ a Spotify spokesperson told Know Your Mobile.

And while the statement doesn’t rule out the possibility of a Spotify launch on BB10 entirely, the possibility of getting a Spotify app for BB10 within the next six months seems unlikely. Our guess is that Spotify is waiting to see how consumers react to BB10 once more hardware, namely the BlackBerry Q10, is available.

It’s early days yet but BlackBerry remains optimistic about initial sales of its first BB10-powered smartphone. Got a BlackBerry Z10 already? What apps are you missing most?

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