Since the Windows Phone 8.1 update, many complaints have come in regarding the Xbox Music App. The reviews complain about the app being slow, and music taking a while to load. So lets take a look at Pros/Cons of some of the top music apps that Windows Phone has to offer.
Back in May, Spotify released their completely redesigned app for Windows Phone users. The update brought in fresh, clear, and fast way to find the music with support for Spotify radio on Windows Phone. Today, the app got updated to v3.1 with various bug fixes and improvements. One major feature is the ability to play music from SD card.
-Fix for Facebook two factor authentication login.
-Stability issues with Windows Phone 8.1.
-Playing Spotify from a Storage card in Windows Phone 8.1.
-Minor UI issues with Search and radio UI.
-Issues with offline playback.
-Miscellaneous bug fixes.
Download it here from your Windows Phone 8 device.
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Back in February, Spotify announced an Spotify app update for Windows Phone 8 devices is coming that will bring the much-anticipated Radio, Browse and Discover features. This update is now live in Windows Phone Store, which 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. Also, the app got completely revamped with fresh new UX.
What’s new in Spotify 3.0?
- Completely redesigned to bring you fresh, clear, and fast way to find the music you love
- Spotify radio comes to Windows Phone! Pick a track, artist, or album and Spotify will find similar music – it’s like having your own personal radio station!
- Find and explore new music with personalised recommendations in Discover, or browse top playlists in Browse
- There are known issues with Facebook two factor authentication. These issues will be fixed in a future update.
Download it here from your Windows Phone 8 device.
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.
The current version of the app can be found in the Windows Phone Store here.
Update: The updated app is now in store at the same link above.
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.
DownloadÂ the appÂ here.
Source: Windows Blog
It is a rather strange thing that the Spotify for Windows Phone 7 app is not available for Windows Phone 8, and itsÂ absenceÂ has been rather irksome, but it seems that situation is soon set to change, with Brendan Arndt, who claims to be the Device Portfolio Manager for Three UK, saying:
“I have it on good authority Spotify for WP8 is about to go live…”
He then goes on to clarify that it “Apparently (has) been submitted for approval”, presumably to the Windows Phone Store.
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…
Thanks Luis for the tip and screen shot.
Microsoft has apparently pulled the fake Spotify app that landed in the Marketplace in late December, somehow slipping through the certification process.
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.
Spotify for Windows Phone is now available for download from marketplace. The app is free but requires Spotify premium account to stream music to our devices.
-Search, browse and play more than one million tracks.
-Explore and play lists of your friends and your favorite songs.
-Access your songs using the WiFi network or 2.5 / 3 G.
-Lists of offline music, play your songs without having access to the internet.
-Automatic synchronization of all the songs on your mobile phone and your computer at the time.
-New display of novelties.
-Receive music that your friends send you using your Inbox.
-Mark your favorite songs so that they appear in a special list.
-Share your favorite tracks on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook,etc,.
-Access your friends playlist within this app.
Some Windows Phone exclusive things on this app,
- With Windows Phone, you can also anchor your favorite Spotify playlists to the home screen so you can hear your music quickly and easily.
- Thanks to the multi-tasking, with Windows Phone can listen to your music on Spotify at the same time you are using other apps or services.
You can download this app here from Windows Phone marketplace.