Spotify suffered scattered outages on Sunday evening that effected users in the US and Europe. Some users trying to login were greeted with the message: “Service Temporarily Unavailable. The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.” A couple of hours later service began to stabilize, and Spotify tweeted:
"Login is back up. Still a few issues to work out but we're getting there. Our apologies for the short downtime."
Small outages are to be expected with any cloud based service, but this glitch comes at an inopportune time for Spotify. Google Music, iTunes and Amazon are stepping their own cloud delivery efforts and streaming competitors like MOG, Rdio and Rhapsody are all rolling out new features and delivery platforms.
Spotify apparently believes that it has a major competitive trick up its sleeve, as well. Just last week, Spotify sent out media invites to a "Big Announcement" this Wednesday. We'll be live blogging the event.
Until then, here's what I think Spotify will announce on Wednesday. What do you think?