Spotify demos Android app currently in development

Spotify, a music streaming service very popular in Europe and the UK, has released a demonstration of an Android app the company is currently developing.

For those who haven't heard of Spotify, it is a multi-platform application which provides access to a free and legal barrage of online music. It's a streaming music player which has a similar feel to iTunes. Through it a user can get links to a large number of albums and tracks. Spotify use a peer-to-peer network along with streaming servers to provide their music. For more information on Spotify itself checkout Neowin's review.

According to TechCrunch the company plans to demonstrate an Android app fully at this weeks Google I/O event. The app itself is a work in progress but as you can see from the video (embedded below) it's functional, fast and addresses concerns that users may not be able to play music offline. The application streams music from Spotify and allows you to sync playlists and music in an offline mode to the device.

Spotify is rumoured to be working on an iPhone version of the application but it's not yet clear when this will be available or even if Apple will approve an application that will directly rival iTunes.

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as soon as theres an iphone/ipod touch version of spotify, i will be buying an iphone and paying £10 a month for premium on spotify, will never need my mp3 player again

wow looks awesome. There has to be a limit on how many playlists / songs you can syncronise to your phone though? I really can't see them letting you to syncronise as many as you like to listen offline.

WelshBluebird said,
wow looks awesome. There has to be a limit on how many playlists / songs you can syncronise to your phone though? I really can't see them letting you to syncronise as many as you like to listen offline.

People of Spotify really don't like limits, so I guess they won't. They'll probably only make that available for subscribers or something...

What's really interesting is that he added the song to the playlist on the computer, and the offline playlist on the phone started downloading the track. I'd love an iPhone version of this!

Itunes needs to get wireless syncing in the next version of the iPhone, it's long over due!

DomZ said,
What's really interesting is that he added the song to the playlist on the computer, and the offline playlist on the phone started downloading the track. I'd love an iPhone version of this!

Itunes needs to get wireless syncing in the next version of the iPhone, it's long over due!


yeah i have spotify on my home pc and work pc and its so great they they are always syncronised

Interesting last bit there, about if Apple will approve that as an App Store application. It's a bit "damned if they do, damned if they don't" in their case. If they allow it, it'll compete with iTunes. If they don't, Android phones will get a competitive advantage among the quickly growing community of Spotify fans.

Yeah and this is just 1 app example, there's a lot of apps that Apple are restricting and denying (Qik, Slingplayer etc) that might work much better on the open Android platform.

Has Slingplayer not been given the all clear? At one point Apple were going to allow it providing it doesn't work over 3G.

If they've changed their minds again that's insane :(.

Yea me too, its a great service, especially for these devices with limited internal storage. I'm not a huge fan of having to drag the menu up/down like they have in the demo, sure it's "neat" But just clicking it and having it animate up and down would be more efficient.

Nice playlist too "Funky ****"

I wish for a small fee they would increase the quality of the feed, I don't mind paying £10 per month if the feed is going to be really good quality.

Spotify is pretty good app I use it for quite some time, it has never lagged a song ... always with perfect sound quality
And UI is very good too

I'd rather they allowed you to organise Playlists effectively, rather than the archaic context-menu system in place at present.

acnpt said,
I prefer the UI as it is now, maybe they should introduce skins when they have time.

That's a compromise I could live with, as long as they support the new taskbar in Windows 7.