In-app music downloads are a common and expected feature of iOS devices.
Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora all offer their own music streaming services that users can access from their iOS devices without the need for any third-party app.
Now, Apple and In-App Music are joining forces to offer a way for Apple Music and Spotify users to download their favorite tracks from their favorite services and stream them to their iPhone or iPad.
Apple and InApp Music announced today that they have entered into an agreement to provide in-app downloads for the Apple Music catalog, and Spotify has also joined the partnership.
The deals, announced today, bring together two of the most popular music streaming apps in the world.
Spotify is the only streaming service to offer in-play music downloads.
It will be able to add InApp download purchases to Spotify’s catalog, enabling users to stream up to three tracks per month, including a single song.
Apple has been the first major streaming service that has introduced in-game downloads to its catalog.
In-app purchases are something that Apple Music has been struggling to compete with for some time.
The company recently launched a new service, Beats Music, which offers more in-built purchases that Apple has not been able to offer through the iTunes store.
Spotify has been criticized by music industry observers and consumers alike for having too many ads on its streaming catalog.
Apple and Spotify are now trying to address that problem with their new in-store purchases service.
Users will be asked to add an Apple ID to their iTunes account when they sign up for an in-home subscription.
This will then be used to purchase a free or reduced-price subscription for up to four users, with the option of a $10 credit toward any additional purchases.
Spotify will be the only music streaming app to offer the ability to purchase in-person subscriptions for users on Apple devices, but In-Home subscribers will still be able purchase in person.
Spotify and InGame Music will also offer in iTunes to support in-place purchases.
InApp purchases on Spotify are a way to stream music from the service to the iPhone or iPod touch, but users will also be able download songs and albums to their devices without needing to open an app or connect to the internet.
The purchases will be made from the in-service catalog or a cloud service like Dropbox or Google Drive.
In a statement, Apple said that its partnership with In-Game Music “has broad implications for music licensing and licensing arrangements for our music and music app businesses.”
Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek said that the deal will allow the company to “create a platform that enables us to offer consumers an easy and efficient way to download music from our catalog and stream it on their iPhone and iPad without having to worry about the music store, the music industry, or Apple.”
Apple Music already offers the ability for users to access their streaming music library from a variety of different sources.
Users can download the Spotify app from the App Store and iTunes, as well as through a web browser or mobile device.
Spotify also provides in-platform downloads, which are not part of the streaming service.
In-play purchases will also make it possible for artists to release their albums in-browser on their website.
Spotify added the ability earlier this year to make in-product purchases for its music catalog.