Spotify Powers New Nike+ Running App Update
Only Nike+ users who are also Spotify Premium subscribers will have access to all the new music, but as part of the launch of the partnership, Spotify's offering a free 30-day trial to Nike+ users (or 60 days, if you're willing to enter your credit card).
The new Nike+ update uses Spotify's music library to enhance a feature called Pace Stations, which allows you to set your target pace and favorite types of music and then, while you're running, plays from a 100-song playlist geared to push you up to and past that target pace.
Spotify's own Running feature is fundamentally different -- it automatically detects a runner's pace and plays music to match that pace. It also includes original music composed solely for use in the app.
The collaboration between Nike+ and Spotify sets an interesting precedent for Spotify becoming a kind of uber-app, powering the music capabilities of other big apps. Perhaps collaborations with cooking, gaming or studying apps could be on the horizon.