Spoke to a guy in Retentions last night as I received no reply here or on Facebook. He checked with the Tivo dept which have no knowledge of Spotify being removed. I was told the app would be back within the next 24hrs as my area is still getting the new software. My other 2 boxes have just updated at 3.50am. Spotify is still a locked app with the message that Spotify is no longer available on Virgin TV.
Pathetic isn't it. Virgin Media made such a huge song and dance when it was launched, including numerous articles in the media and then just 4 years on and without any announcement, warning or notification, it just gets swept away under the carpet as if it never existed, under the pretence of a "major upgrade". I bet they are busy right now updating all the websites and manuals that still refer to Spotify, just like Dolby Digital last year. And not even the retentions or Tivo departments had been communicated internally of it and were fobbing you off with "it will be back is 24 hours !!!!!!! WOW Virgin. Wow.
Virgin Media executive director of digital entertainment Cindy Rose said: ‘The launch of Spotify on Virgin Media marks a significant milestone for digital entertainment and the way it is enjoyed by consumers.
‘Great digital services are no longer just about fast broadband or the latest TV technology, but increasingly about how people use their services to power and excite their daily lives. Bringing together Virgin Media services with brilliant entertainment such as Spotify is a core part of our ongoing strategy and we’re excited to be able to lead the way with such a great partnership.’
There is even someone who has been waiting over 24 hours for their Tivo to finish updating and no one has replied. I have refrained from doing so on the basis that people say a bumped thread goes to the back of the queue. I despair at "private messages" being sent about the "Re: why is TIVO box deleting programs on-mass" thread too despite acknowledging "I understand this has been ongoing for some time for many" but what can you do?? They have hundred of posts about it, what more do they need to privately communicate about, to get it fixed???
Sorry about this, we are currently waiting on confirmation as to the situation with this app.
As soon as we have an answer, we'll post a reply.
It has been confirmed by a poster on another forum. Apparently it was discontinued because it does not work with the new Tivo firmware. ( I hope they don't mind me re-posting)
"We’re sorry, the Spotify app is no longer available on Virgin TV. To carry on enjoying your Spotify subscription you can head online to Spotify.com If you have your Spotify subscription through Virgin Media you’re still able to enjoy your full Spotify service across any of your other devices.”
We are making a number of changes that will improve the overall experience of Virgin TV. Improvements and changes to our service require each of our partners to reflect these in their apps.
We hope to work with all our partners to ensure they continue to remain on the platform. At this stage, some of our existing app partners are not in a place where they are able to make this transition and we have deemed that the app experience for our customers is not of sufficient quality for them to remain on the platform.
I am sorry, but I can confirm that the Spotify app is no longer available. If you have your Spotify subscription through Virgin Media you will still be able to enjoy the full Spotify service across a range of devices.
Thanks for your reply and confirmation that Spotify is no longer available. Although your quote:
'and we have deemed that the app experience for our customers is not of sufficient quality for them to remain on the platform.' Makes me wonder that VirginTV have no idea of what customers want to use. As the Spotify app did it's job quite simply, unlike the terrible VeVo app that is awful to use. Another service taken away to add to the list, Music OnDemand, VM Cloud app to name 2 I used often.