Big shake-ups in the music-streaming world of Spotify are on the way, according to new reports that suggest a browser-based version of the online tune library is incoming.
Though it’s not clear whether or not the browser version will completely replace the desktop client, it will bring with it brand new features, including the ability to follow “influencers” to get new music recommendations, as well as the standard friend-following features. The goal will be to make Spotify more accessible than ever, giving users access to their playlists no matter the machine they use, without having to first download the client.
It would mean that Spotify could match rivals Rdio and Pandora, with each also offering a browser version.
There’s also rumour of a price-cut for premium Spotify customers, which could see ad-free and mobile access to the service drop from £10/$10 to £8/$8. Ad-free desktop access regardless will stay at £5/$5.
With 4 million paying customers, Spotify likely feel the time is now right to court even more users, with a steady-enough revenue stream to allow for the risky price-cut to be taken.