Updated Spotify app coming to Windows Phone, no date set

While iOS and Android users are able to experience the best of what Spotify has to offer when it comes to smartphone and tablet apps, the current state of affairs on comparable Microsoft platforms is less than ideal.

Spotify has yet to create a "Modern UI" app for the Windows 8 marketplace, and the last time the official Spotify Windows Phone app was updated was July 2013. Thankfully, Windows Phone 8 smartphone users can start looking forward to a substantial update for the Spotify app. The catch? It has an undetermined release date of "later this spring."

According to Spotify, this update will bring the "the much-anticipated Radio, Browse and Discover features," which will allow users "to listen to personalized radio stations, browse for what's hot and what's new, or discover more music." Visually, the new app appears to share some similarities with the Android version and also brings with it some of the design sensibilities of Windows Phone's latest Facebook app (see the task tray that is otherwise completely hidden below).

This update still does not include the recently announced ability to stream free music from your smartphone, labeled as "Spotify Free," a feature included on the iOS and Android mobile apps. Accordingly, only Spotify Premium users will be able to make use of this app when it is released. The press release does note, however, that "the recently announced Spotify Free for mobile will also be arriving on Windows Phone" at some point in the future. 

Source: Spotify via The Verge | Image via Spotify

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I pay for Spotify premium and I'm frankly unsure why I still support them. Their WP8 application is frustrating and in ire, I've wanted to cancel my subscription to save some money. This update needs to arrive sooner than later.

As an aside, my vote for the best streaming application on WP is AudioCloud, improvements have been made over time and Soundcloud should be very excited that their community has developers trying to port this service with surprising results.

This new update will be available for Spotify Premium subscribers at the beginning

While on iOS and Android it has been available to non-premium users for log.

Assuming you are referring to Spotify Free, he mentions it in the article: "a feature included on the iOS and Android mobile apps"

And what the heck are you quoting anyway? Your quote doesn't appear anywhere in this article that I can see.

Too late for Spotify, I just cancelled yesterday because of their absolutely horrible support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

Omen1393 said,
Too late for Spotify, I just cancelled yesterday because of their absolutely horrible support for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

Can't comment on Windows Phone 8 but using it on several Windows 8 PC's with no problems at all.

You are using the desktop app on Windows 8 PCs. Everyone is looking for a WinRT version of the app so that they can use it on any Windows 8 device, including tablets like the Surface 2.

Also unless things have changed since I last used Spotify, it doesn't support HiDPI, which is a must.

nesl247 said,
You are using the desktop app on Windows 8 PCs. Everyone is looking for a WinRT version of the app so that they can use it on any Windows 8 device, including tablets like the Surface 2.

Also unless things have changed since I last used Spotify, it doesn't support HiDPI, which is a must.

Ah I didn't know that - thank you for the information . Assumed they'd have written a WinRT version by now, their existing UI doesn't look all that hard to port.

If they were to write a WinRT app, they would have to re-write a lot of the code I think. Currently the code is designed to be cross platform, and I'm sure they did a lot of stuff that wouldn't work well with the WinRT API.

The UI would have to be completely redone because it doesn't match what a Windows Store App (AKA Metro App) should look like.

Spotify has very minimal Windows/Windows Phone support. Last I checked, the WP app is in Beta, and has been since it came out. It also was released about 6 months or more after Windows Phone 8.0 came out, and contained ALL the same bugs that was in the Windows Phone 7.5 app. Of course the Windows Phone 7.5 app took forever to come out as well.

People have been asking for a Windows 8 Store App since Windows 8 was announced. It would tie into the system a whole lot better (the tie into the volume control), be useable on ARM devices, etc.. HiDPI has also been asked for, for a long time, and yet it isn't here.

On a desktop the app works fine, but on my Surface Pro, it's just embarrassing how poorly the touch support is. You can't even hit the pause or play buttons on a radio station with touch, it just doesn't recognize it.

Omen1393 said,
On a desktop the app works fine, but on my Surface Pro, it's just embarrassing how poorly the touch support is. You can't even hit the pause or play buttons on a radio station with touch, it just doesn't recognize it.

I'm seeing an opportunity here. I have stacks of code that I currently use to drive Spotify from the command-line and output to an LCD on my desk...