Even with today's smart devices and almost always-on Internet connection, a seamless audio experience across a variety of devices is still pretty much a holy grail. But that will not be the case for long. Spotify today unveiled its Spotify Connect project, an endeavor to bring audio streaming to the next level and integrate it more closely with our lives.
Spotify Connect isn't just a new app or a new technology. At its very essence, it is a collaborative effort between Spotify and leading audio hardware companies to provide a simple, hassle-free, and seamless experience when enjoying music on smartphones, tablets, speakers, or audio systems. Spotify Connect will make sure that you never have to pause and fumble with controls just to continue listening to music when you move from place to place or from one device to another.
Spotify offers this not unusual scenario. Listening to some music on your smartphone or tablet while driving or commuting from work, you come home and turn your living room speakers on. At a press of a button on the speakers, the music seamlessly continues playing on it, leaving you free to use your phone for other purposes. Even receiving a call won't interrupt the music playing on the speakers. And if you want to move to another room, you can easily switch playing on your tablet, letting you bring your music wherever you go.
Spotify Connect won't just work with smartphones and tablets. Spotify is also working with audio companies to build in support right into hardware like speakers, stereos, and other audio equipment. Spotify's list includes the who's who of the audio industry, with names such as Argon, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel, and Yamaha.
No specific hardware has been announced yet, but once Spotify Connect is fully implemented, buyers need only to look for the Spotify Connect logo on compatible equipment. Spotify Connect will first roll out to Spotify subscribers on iOS devices and audio systems, with Android and desktops to follow.