Spotify, a leading music streaming company announced that they are revamping their official app for Windows Phone devices. Spotify already has their official app in Windows Phone Store, but it is not up to the mark often receiving poor ratings from users. The upcoming update will be available in Spring with much-anticipated Radio, Browse and Discover features. Also, Spotify Free for mobile will also be arriving on Windows Phone. This new update will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers at the beginning.
We’re happy to announce that two new updates are coming to Windows Phone 8 users this spring. The first Spotify update brings the much-anticipated Radio, Browse and Discover features. This means that you will be able to listen to personalized radio stations, browse for what’s hot and what’s new, or discover more music.
The update also brings significant improvements and a brand new design and will be available to users later this spring.
Apparently just before going off to bed, Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president and manager for Windows Phone Program Management has tweeted that a significant update for Spotify for Windows Phone 8 is on its way.
Spotify for Windows Phone 8 was released in February, and has not been updated since.
Now however an update will be coming which will add more language support, track scrubbing and offline playlist improvements.
Spotify music streaming app is now available for download from Windows Phone store for Windows Phone 8 devices. With this new beta app, you can access millions of tracks from our library, and take your playlists on the go with the Offline mode. You have a 30 day free trial after which you need to subscribe to $9.99 premium service.
- Search, browse & play millions of tracks.
- Explore & play your friends’ playlists, top artists and tracks.
- Stream over WiFi or 2.5/3G – all your existing playlists are available.
- Offline playlists – play your music without an internet connection.
- On-the-fly sync – every track you add to a playlist appears on mobile and computer.
- What’s New view.
- Receive music from friends via the inbox.
- Starred tracks – tag all your favourites into a special list.
The Spotify app is not at presently available for Windows Phone 8. We don’t know exactly why, but at least we can now confirm that it is on its way.
Anna StrÃ¶m , the Product Marketing Manager for Windows Phone in Sweden, confirmed this on the Swedish Windows Phone Facebook page, saying that they are aware that this was a â€œmust-haveâ€ app for the platform, and that they were doing everything they could to make it arrive as rapidly as possible.
We do not know if the above is part of the malfunction in marketplace at the minute, which has seen old versions of apps offered as new, and various regional marketplaces mixed up, but we received this screen shot from a reader indicating that the extremely popular Spotify app has been removed from his marketplace, and also removed against his will from his device.
The problem does not seem to be affecting everyone, and the app certainly still appears to be available in the US and UK marketplace.
Is anyone else being affected by this development? Let us know below.
Update: The mystery has been solved by our commenters. Â Microsoft is in fact unloading a side-loaded copy of the free Spotify app. Â Our music is safe, even if Luis’s is not…
The ‘spotify’ app, with a lower-case ‘s’ in order to distinguish itself from the real ‘Spotify’, was nothing more than a collection of links, for which the developer khanamish even charged money. If not a scam, it was clearly designed to deceive users into thinking that it was the official app and would provide the functionality they were looking for, which wasn’t the case.
Thankfully the app has now been removed, although the dev’s account and other applications are still active. If it indeed were an outright scam, Microsoft should not hesitate to follow Apple’s example and ban his account.
It is clearly against Marketplace rules to violate the trademark of other companies, but this is exactly what khanamish did when he posted his â€œSpotify appâ€, which appears to be simply a collection of links, and used the companyâ€™s official logo to boot.
To add insult to injury he charges $0.99 with no free trial for the pleasure of not being able to access any of the services one would expect from the Spotify app.
At WMPoweruser.com we walk a fine line between appreciating unofficial apps which give us access to services which do not have official apps, like the Pandora, YouTube or Onion apps for example, and of course being outraged when an app merely rips off other companies and users.
We have no hesitation in calling Khanamishâ€™s app a scam, preying on users trying to get Spotify service where there is no official coverage. I would have hoped the Marketplace certification process would protect users from being exploited by this, but what use are those when they are arbitrarily enforced?
With Windows Phone we exchanged freedom for security. Today as a Windows Phone 7 user I feel somewhat less safe downloading apps from Marketplace. Microsoft needs to do better.
Long awaited app for Windows Phone platform Spotify is coming to Windows Phone today. It was announced during the private meeting held at New York City for the bloggers. Spotify allows users to stream millions of music tracks including the ones from major recording labels like Sony, EMI, etc. Music can be browsed by artist, album, record label, genre or playlist as well as by direct searches and streamed directly on the phone.
Will update the marketplace download link once its live.
Update: Check out the app in action in the video above.
Iâ€™m happy to announce that Media Remote 1.2 is now available in Marketplace. Media Remote is an application to control Spotify from your Windows Phone 7. The latest update that just got released features support for Windows Phone 7.5 (mango), including instant resume, pin artists/tracks/albums to start screen and sockets for better connection to PC. You can now also share what you listen to on Facebook, Windows Live, and Twitter! Below are the main features:
- Works with ALL types of Spotify accounts!
- Play/Pause and choose tracks in Spotify
- Control the volume
- Search for artists, albums, and tracks to play
- Pin tracks, artists, and albums to your start screen
- Share what you are listening to with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, and Windows Live
- View information about albums
The application is both free and ad-free! Get it here.
You can also read more on my blog.
Spotify, the (mostly) free music streaming service is launching in USA today.
Because some readers may be concerned by the lack of a Windows Phone 7 client, I thought it would be helpful to remind people that a Spotify app for Windows Phone 7 has in fact already been shown off some months ago at MIX 11 (video via winrumors.com).
The app, for Mango handsets, will of course address the biggest issue with non-Zune apps â€“ background streaming.
Spotify in US offers:
Spotify Free â€“ the unsurpassed free music service. With an invite, enjoy on-demand, buffer-free access to over 15 million songs on your computer and great social features. Manage your own music files through Spotify, and sync with your cellphone or iPod. Features occasional advertising.
Spotify Unlimited â€“ all the special features of our free service, but with uninterrupted, ad-free access to Spotify on your computer. All for only $4.99 a month.
Spotify Premium – the top-of-the-range Spotify experience. Premium gives you access to all the music, all the time. Listen online or offline, on your computer, your cellphone and a whole heap of other devices. Enjoy enhanced sound quality and access to exclusive content, competitions and special offers. Premium costs just $9.99 a month. (Thatâ€™s the equivalent of a couple of fancy coffees.)
The free service is currently invite-only, but the anyone can sign up for the pay service now.
Iâ€™m happy to announce that Media Remote 1.1 is now available in Marketplace. Media Remote is an application to control Spotify from your Windows Phone 7. In the latest big update, that just been released, it is possible to search the whole Spotify catalogue and play your favourite music aside from just changing track!