HTC boss planning Beats-enabled Spotify rival?

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HTC may be preparing to unleash their own digital music streaming platform to take on the likes of Last.fm and Spotify.

Having paid $300 million for audio specialists Beats, HTC have gone hell-to-leather pushing out as many Beats Audio enabled handsets as they can.

It now seems the phones are to get a bespoke streaming service to go with the audio tech. Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine (who doubles as a music producer and the chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M) is thought to be launching a new streaming service with Beats branding.

GigaOmcite “sources familiar with the company’s plans”, stating that the streaming service will land with a new tablet and batch of HTC smartphones, and will become the default HTC music client.

The site also states that a standalone speaker device from HTC may be in the works, describing a “wireless boombox that would most likely stream music from HTC phones over Bluetooth”.

On top of the news that HTC are to grab PlayStation certification for their phones from Sony, it’s looking like a very busy MWC 2012 for the Taiwanese mobile company.

Gerald Lynch