Is Apple eyeing up Spotify takeover?

Ever since the web found out that Apple has a spare $50-odd billion burning a hole in its pocket, there has been much speculation as to what the world's biggest tech company might spend it on.

First up, mainly as a result of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg's much publicised dinner date, the rumours of a Facebook buy-out were touted.

And now, it's the turn of Spotify to get the Apple takeover rumour treatment, with many commentators on the web suggesting that it may well be on the cards.

TechCrunch is reporting that the chaps from Cupertino and the syndicate from Stockholm have been having "on-again, off-again" discussions regarding a possible deal.

The report also suggests that Google came close to buying out Spotify for around $1 billion last year, when Apple was carrying out its Lala buyout.

Now the mention of Lala might just strike fear into Spotify-lovers. If you remember, this is the music streaming site that Apple bought-out, and then shut-down.

A more optimistic view though, is that Apple could integrate Spotify into iTunes (especially in Europe) and leave the basics relatively untouched. However, Apple isn't really in the business of offering up services without its own, special, touch - so Spotify fans will rightly be concerned.

Remember though, this is only a rumour at present, so there's no need to start mourning Spotify just yet.

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