Spotify’s latest integration with another digital service is an interesting one: it’s with internet-comms app Skype. For now, the integration will be restricted to people running the version of Skype that previews new features – a group the company refers to as Skype Insiders.
“Starting today, the Skype Spotify Add-in will be gradually rolled out to all Skype Insiders in the United States on 8.26 builds and higher. Very soon to all Insiders around the world,” explained Skype in a blog post. “Did you ever want to listen and share your favourite songs with your friends or family? Share your favourite tunes with your coworker down the hall or on the other side of the globe? Now in Skype you can preview and share songs with the Spotify Add-in.”
The widget lets people search for songs, albums and artists; preview and share music; and play music on Spotify itself. We were wondering about performance/transmission licensing issues around this kind of thing – people sharing Spotify streams over Skype – but if what’s being shared is the metadata (i.e. participants need to be logged in to their Spotify accounts to hear shared tracks) perhaps not.